T3 Closed For Bumping

Monday, June 4, 2018 9:28 AM

So it seems that T3 at KK had an issue where two trains bumped at the loading station. The news article is here - https://www.whas11.com/article/news/local/kentucky-kingdom-closes-r...-560910212

This sounds eerily similar to the SV incident, so I am wondering if the control system was made by the same manufacturer. Does anyone know if this is the case?

Also for the Mods, I couldn't figure out how to post this in news. Sorry.

Last edited by SVLFever, Monday, June 4, 2018 9:34 AM
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Monday, June 4, 2018 11:27 AM

Based on what I have heard about this ride, two trains bumping would be the most comfortable part of the experience.

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Monday, June 4, 2018 1:19 PM

I’m looking forward to the outraged posts about how awful the ride is after it is neutered by trims.

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Monday, June 4, 2018 4:00 PM

"I came all the way to the State of Kentucky for a 22 year old Vekoma SLC and it's running one train and trimmed. Can I see a manager?"

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Monday, June 4, 2018 7:55 PM

Not sure about T3 specifically but the safety systems on some (most?) of the SLCs are literal relay logic. Which explains why operators at more than one park have been able to drive trains off the end of the storage track when the switch wasn’t set right, because apparently there was no interlock to prevent it.
The good news is that I think the SLC chassis are long enough that if the cars are touching, the seats shouldn’t be.

—Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Monday, June 4, 2018 8:32 PM

If the ride is 22 years old and just now decided to have a station bump, why does this relate to the control manufacturer for SV?

Dave, they were probably trying to drive the trains off intentionally since SLC's typically suck. Probably a feature of design by Vekoma actually.

Last edited by TheMillenniumRider, Monday, June 4, 2018 8:33 PM
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Monday, June 4, 2018 11:47 PM

I thought I read that the control system was replaced when Ed Hart reopened the park and relaunched this ride as T3, which would have been in the last 4 or 5 years.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018 12:47 AM

SVLFever said:

This sounds eerily similar to the SV incident

How is it strange or frightening to you that these two incidents are similar? This coincidence isn't "eerie" at all.

Last edited by bjames, Tuesday, June 5, 2018 12:47 AM
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018 7:56 AM

I know Geauga Lake did that in 1999 to the red train of Serial Thriller during Fright Fest. Rolled right off the transfer track.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018 9:04 AM

The greatest percentage of coaster “accidents” are station-related.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018 7:43 PM

SVLFever said:

I thought I read that the control system was replaced when Ed Hart reopened the park and relaunched this ride as T3, which would have been in the last 4 or 5 years.

That is possible, I wasn't aware of that. Though I wonder why anyone would spend more money on an SLC. Maybe RMC should start converting these too.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 9:44 AM

Fun dork fact: T3 is the second Vekoma SLC (first being El Condor at Walibi Holland), and also the second (and last) to feature the first drop foot-chopper effect over the low turnaround. On all other SLCs, the first drop travels under the turnaround. This is noticeable to no one, including myself. I just remember discovering it back in the day when I spent way too much time researching coasters.

Last edited by Vater, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 9:44 AM
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 9:59 PM

TheMillenniumRider said:
Though I wonder why anyone would spend more money on an SLC.

I agree with you! CompactLogix and ControlLogix is where its at.

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Friday, June 8, 2018 2:52 AM

I'm not sure how serious that question is, but it would have been crazy "not" to spend the money and reopen the ride. This is a park that was trying to bounce back from a one year closure. Spending money to tear down or build only new attractions when you have several SBNO doesn't make any sense. Even now, they only have 4 adult coasters, which is pretty low for a park in a market like Louisville.

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Friday, June 8, 2018 8:39 AM

Was it only a year?!? Seemed like it was longer.

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Friday, June 8, 2018 10:03 AM

It was actually four — 2010-2014.

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Monday, June 18, 2018 12:30 AM

Weird how those new trains make the experience really mediocre, while the news lies Vekoma installed in Wildwood make the same experience pleasurable, even before the track replacement.

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