Top Thrill Dragster gets stuck on the tophat once again!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 7:12 AM

This is the 3rd time in which Dragster has been balanced on the tophat with people.

Does anyone have any video footage of this besides the two videos on Youtube?

Was anyone there when it happened?

Have any other rides like this ever been stuck?

An answer to any of these questions would help!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 9:21 AM

lol, i was there on monday. i was so jealous.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 9:35 AM

I suspect any video out there looks just like a still photo.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 11:52 AM

Several people on PointBuzz were there.

Last edited by Pagoda Gift Shop, Wednesday, May 27, 2009 11:53 AM
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 3:43 PM

So what happens at that point? Do you wait for a strong gust of wind or is there a way to give it a little kick?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 3:51 PM

Jeff said:
I suspect any video out there looks just like a still photo.

That's why you have to shoot that you can tell the difference. When the bird goes by, you can tell.

Here, have a look at this blind link to see the train stopped, and to watch it get pushed loose. I'll embed it in a web page once I get a trip report written...

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 4:09 PM

^^Maintenance rides an elevator up the tower and hand-pushes the train over the top.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 4:51 PM

So, if a roll-back on TTD is the "golden ring" of roller coasters, is this the "platinum ring" or "diamond ring"?

What about a double roll-back?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:18 PM

I thought they had a kicker wheel up at the top just for such an occasion. Am I wrong?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:26 PM


Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:40 PM

...but, after a few more of these, I'm sure someone will wish there had been.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 6:10 PM

Kicker wheel will not work, not enough force to overcome the static friction of a heavy train.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 6:23 PM

Unless you know the static friction of the train and the force the kicker could exert on the train before the wheel itself would slip, how could you assume that it could not overcome the static friction? Plus, they could always use more then one set of wheels... I would not say it would not work, there is *always* a way.

Last edited by SteveWoA, Wednesday, May 27, 2009 6:25 PM
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 6:29 PM

There is a way, but not with a rubber tire assuming the train is at a full stop. All those tires you are thinking of in the station/break runs operate because the train already has started moving, the friction is much less when that happens.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 6:57 PM

The kicker might be able to run if the train drops below say 5mph then it would not have to over come stopped friction.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 7:12 PM

Aren't the trains moved off the transfer with two kicker wheels? I don't understand what the objection is.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 7:21 PM

I did like the cedar point blog post about it. At least someone takes it lightly on the 25 million investment that wasn't guaranteed to work. That would be an interesting one though, but the rollback gives more bang for the buck.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 7:38 PM

I'm pretty sure Kingda Ka has some type of LSM system that gives the ride a boost if it needs it.

(Left side of this photo):

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 8:42 PM

Those are static brass fins, like those found on the dark side of the camel hump.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 9:04 PM

Im pretty sure that the transfer track is at an angle so that the train rolls down it from its storage track.


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