Monday, July 15, 2002 10:57 AM
I was at Sixflags Greatadventure yesterday,and I decided to ride The chiller again becuase I dident get to ride the Batman side yet that day, After waiting for about 25mins from outside the building we got into the staion ,both trains where waiting to be launched The batman side was launched first then right when you heard it making its return trip backwards which was about 25 secs after the launched it they where getting ready to launch Robin ,and for some od reason I was watching the ride operator at the time,and she did somthing and was about the speak into the load speaker I think to start the launch,then you heard a surge of elctricty,and the lights in the whole staition went out!,then you no longer heard the Batman train. After standing in the dark for about 1min the emergancy lights came on,then they told us that there has been a power shortage,and to remain calm. (I already knew what happen,but alot of the general puplic, prop all off them dident) then about 5mins later the lights came on, during that time the ride attdents where going to make a phone call at the end of the staion,but the ride operator was screaming "dont worry about it she got it, go check the train" After running out the staion ,and to the train it was common sence that the emergancy brakes kicked in,and stoped the train. At this point I worked my way to the back of the staion ,so I can get out the crowd pushing into the staion. Then after about another 5mins they made another announcment stating " If you want to stay you can,if you wish to leave you must return the same way you came in" (yea ok push trou about 300 people worth of line? sure im ganna do that, yea right), about another 3mins after that they made another announcment that We might as well stay put since the rest of the park is out of power too. AFter hearing alot of people complaint they better keep the park open an extra hour, I knew it was time to get home. After the train was evacutated they had the riders walk all the way up the platform ,and exit them out the back of the staion,so i went over the chains in the back and left too,then they started telling everyone not to leave that way, I then asked a lady who was riding at the time what happened on the ride,and she said when they where coming back they just made a dead stop!,so I was wondering was the minor power outage becuase of the chiller becuase launched so soon right after each other? They where launched or going to be launched very closy right after eacher other, within 20 secs. Once out the staion alot of the parks rides where closed or stuck. or reopening or testing.
Monday, July 15, 2002 11:33 AM
woah man learn to use paragraphs! im sure that had very little to do with it, because LIMs use 3-phase power, witch i belive has to be run through speical transformers, and im sure SF designed it so that they can launch both of them at the same time, and if they did trip the circut, the power to just that ride would fail because it is the only ride that needs 3-phase(i belive its there only LIM powered ride)
Monday, July 15, 2002 11:44 AM
If never known gadv to have power outages. But I don't think it was the LIM's.
Monday, July 15, 2002 11:45 AM
To my knowledge this has happened before.
Sandy A. Nicolaysen
Monday, July 15, 2002 11:45 AM
Bzzzzzt! Wrong answer!
ALL of the rides are 3 phase. I've been on several behind-the-scenes tours during Coaster Celebration and I can assure you they are all 3 phase. Voltage is sometimes different, like 208 volts on the carousel versus 480 volts for Nitro. BTW, those two GE motors for the pumps on Congo Rapids are 100 HP each. That's a lot of water!
Monday, July 15, 2002 12:02 PM
Hi Sandy...guess who I saw on Discovery yesterday, back seat, *cheesy mustache* and all....that's right, it was Steve-O. He had on the usual grin, hardly a surprise considering.....
BTW, you may need someone to look at your buzzer.....it appears to be broken...;)
Sandy A. Nicolaysen
Monday, July 15, 2002 12:08 PM
That screaming blond kid on Nitro is my daughter Karen. My two kids are in several shots, front and side. None of me (I must be too ugly) ;)
Monday, July 15, 2002 1:05 PM
The spacing between the launches would have no real effect on the power as long as the trains were not launched simultaneously. As you describe it, the second train had not even been launched yet. The power outage was almost certainly due to something else.
Monday, July 15, 2002 3:57 PM
Stuff outside of the park (traffic lights, etc.) was also out. This had nothing to do with Chiller. I'm also surprised to hear Robin was launching since it was closed all day Sunday up until the outage. Were they getting ready to test launch it?
It really was not a very big deal other than the typical pissed off guests. Just about everything was back online in an hour.
I think the utility company has some explaining to do though provided there was not an unfortunate accident in which somebody was hurt. i.e. car striking utility pole, etc.
Monday, July 15, 2002 7:37 PM
This reminds me of stories I heard as a kid of the Stanford (and son) Linear Accellerator (particle accelerator) causing Blackouts in Palo Alto.
"If the beats were made of meat then they would have to be me ..." - L.L. Cool J
Tuesday, July 16, 2002 1:00 AM
Learn how to spell, my friend.
This site has rules about posting. We appreciate your input, but please read the TOS and be sure to use correct spelling and grammar so we know what you're saying.
Anyways, glad to hear that they're at least trying to run both sides of Chiller; it's my favorite ride at SFGAdv.
*** This post was edited by nelson324 on 7/16/2002. ***
Tuesday, July 16, 2002 11:52 AM
If you are going to be so rude, maybe you should use correct grammar. "Anyways" is not proper.