The Beast in the rain

Monday, March 4, 2002 4:30 PM
I always loved the times when I would come to the park and it was raining (as long as there is no lightining). Normally no one would be there and you could ride so much. I always liked the Beast the best. I know the rain could hurt but the ride seems to be better (especially at night). Anyway, I was wonderin if they will run it in any rain any more after the small accident. With that will they run anything in the rain?
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Monday, March 4, 2002 4:37 PM
What accident?

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Monday, March 4, 2002 4:45 PM

At the end of last season a train skidded through the final brakes because of them being wet and ran into a train in the station at slow speed, injuring several people .

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Does CCI know how to make a bad coaster?

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Monday, March 4, 2002 4:46 PM
The accident last fall when one train supposedly slid all the way into the station and hit the train in front of it going 5 mph. They said they were in the process of closing it because of the rain. Like 20 people were taken to the hospital
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Monday, March 4, 2002 5:44 PM

MagnumForce said:

At the end of last season a train skidded through the final brakes because of them being wet and ran into a train in the station at slow speed, injuring several people .

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Actually nobody was injured at all. All the people on both trains were taken to the hospital for a exam even though most of them didn't want to leave in the first place.

They all returned for the rest of the day :)

Chuck, who thinks Beast will still run in the rain but sees the sheds being enclosed.

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Charles Nungester
167 coasters and hopes to be over 200 by the end of 2002 :)

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Monday, March 4, 2002 5:47 PM

Charles Nungester said:

Chuck, who thinks Beast will still run in the rain but sees the sheds being enclosed.

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Charles Nungester
167 coasters and hopes to be over 200 by the end of 2002



Unfortunetly, the brake fins will still be wet. And there is almost no way to keep them dry.

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Rob

I HATE SNOW!!! I am boycotting snow, I refuse to have fun in it.

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Monday, March 4, 2002 5:53 PM
The Beast doesn't have fins though.

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Does CCI know how to make a bad coaster?

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Monday, March 4, 2002 5:58 PM
The Beast has skid brakes, not fin brakes, kind of like the difference between drum brakes and disc brakes on cars. And like drum brakes, skid brakes are more subject to lose of power due to water. Put the skid brakes in an enclosure, and you greatly reduce the amount of water on them improving their performance when it rains.
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Monday, March 4, 2002 5:58 PM
oh it doesnt? ok, I didnt know that. I have never ridden/seen Beast. I was assuming it did. My bad for assuming. New idea..never assume before you know.

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Rob

I HATE SNOW!!! I am boycotting snow, I refuse to have fun in it.

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Monday, March 4, 2002 6:11 PM

ALF is cool said:
oh it doesnt? ok, I didnt know that. I have never ridden/seen Beast. I was assuming it did. My bad for assuming. New idea..never assume before you know.

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Rob

I am no way taking a stab at anyone here but a old teacher of mine told me the definition of Assume, Its simple really and something I myself should strive not to do.

ASS/ U /ME Basically all assuming dose is make a*****out of you and me.

Chuck, Guilty himself, Nungester and only assumes the sheds will be enclosed and has not heard anything reguarding that.

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Charles Nungester
167 coasters and hopes to be over 200 by the end of 2002 :)


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Monday, March 4, 2002 6:11 PM

Beast will still operate in the rain as normal. But I would expect a closer eye to be kept on the speeds as rain progresses.

Speeds are checked routinely by maintenance many times a day, especially when it is raining. That has always been the policy. But I expect a maint. person will now be on hand when it beings to rain heavily, or at least one in greater contact with the ride ops.

While I worked on Beast, when PKI experienced extremely cold weather, a maintenance person literally "hung around" Beast to observe and keep a watchful eye. This was due to the hydraulics freezing and the trains overshooting the brakes. I think that type of prevention may become part of Beast during heavy rain.

I also expect a thorough inspection has taken place, or perhaps some photo eye sensor loaction changes. I don't know anything for sure, but it would make sense.

Shaggy

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Shaggy
A.K.A. John K.

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Monday, March 4, 2002 6:25 PM
Honestly, take stabs at me. I opened my big mouth without knowing a simple thing about the ride. I mean, if I was going to try to act smart, I should have at least done some research and found out what kind of brakes it has.

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Rob

I HATE SNOW!!! I am boycotting snow, I refuse to have fun in it.

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Monday, March 4, 2002 6:48 PM

ALF is cool said:
Honestly, take stabs at me. I opened my big mouth without knowing a simple thing about the ride. I mean, if I was going to try to act smart, I should have at least done some research and found out what kind of brakes it has.

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Rob

I HATE SNOW!!! I am boycotting snow, I refuse to have fun in it.



Im not going to do that, Im as guilty as you for stating something that is not known as Fact.

Chuck

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Charles Nungester
167 coasters and hopes to be over 200 by the end of 2002 :)

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Monday, March 4, 2002 7:35 PM
I think the Beast will run in the rain this year, yasure no problem.

And I'll leave it at that.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 4:43 AM
Why dave? Is the Beast getting magnetic brakes too?
jeremy
--who actually doesnt think that is such a bad idea
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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 6:44 AM
I know nothing.

Well, I know a little. I know that the ride is being worked on. I do not know what is being done to it. Based on Things I Have Heard™, I will be very interested in the ride once the season opens. But at the moment, I can do little more than guess.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 7:14 AM

Where have you been Dave? :)

Oh, and when the Beast had it's little "fenderbender", I was expecting another literary masterpiece in the form of your normal thesis like you did when S:ROS at SFNE had it's mishap. ;)

--Brian, who's glad to have you back.

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Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like bananas.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 8:03 AM
Excuse me for being ignorant, but am I reading this correctly??? The Beast operates during a steady rain???

Later,
EV
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"Just remember, wherever you go, there you are." - Buckaroo Banzai

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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 8:15 AM
The collision on The Beast didn't involve "failsafe" components and was apparently pretty well understood...the S:ROS crash involved the failure of parts that "can't fail." Which is why I did the explanatory page on S:ROS and not on The Beast. Not to mention that I knew better exactly what happened on S:ROS than with The Beast, which is very strange when you consider that I have never been to SFNE, and I was at PKI the day The Beast had its mishap.

The Beast has traditionally been able to operate during light rain, which, because it has skid brakes, is usually optimal riding conditions, sad to say. If the rain gets heavier, the ride has to close because its speed gets too fast (yeah, right :) ) and more important because the block brakes at the end of the ride become unreliable.

--Dave Althoff, Jr

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