Typhoon at Bobbejaanland: Two incidents!

Wednesday, April 14, 2004 11:05 AM
The first one is that a wheel broke on one of the train and stranded the riders... in the middle of one of the hearline roll! They were taken off the rides with a cherry picker and the car towed by cable to the station.

The second one is due to the braking system and excess speed of the ride! One train did not brake... totally and hitted the next car in the station, luckily, no one was hurt, as the passengers in both cars were seated with the harnesses locked.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 11:12 AM
Sounds like a serious problem.

BigK, being captain obvious

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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 11:22 AM
That sucks. I was hoping to see one stateside.
Can you link us to anything on this?

-'Playa

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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 1:23 PM
Yeah. If you look at the pictures on rcdb the track looks pretty carnivalish. If thats even a word.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 1:30 PM
I took those infos from french message boards, so, I'm not sure if any english articles or link could be found... I'll keep on looking!

In other notes regarding Bobbejaanland, Oki Doki (new style Vekoma rollerskater) has gotten great reviews with comfortable trains, that fit two adults to a car comfortably and even airtime!

Sledgehammer, the giant Frisbee, has been heralded as the best flat ride in Europe since its opening.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 1:38 PM
I won't say it Joe, but I'm thinking it.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 3:30 PM
Bobbojabobbleland! There, I said it. :)

Joe, who really hopes they can correct this problem soon - the ride looks damn good!

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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 4:21 PM
A little off topic, but is this coaster lauched or does it have a traditional lift?

Also, if they fix those kinks in the ride, and made it look less carnivalish (sp?) with more theming, it might make it's way over here.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 4:48 PM
What is "carnivalish" about this ride? The fact that it runs multiple trains? the colors? no entiendo!
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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 5:40 PM
...as traditional as a vertical chain lift can be...
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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 7:08 PM
Strange, since Vild-Svinet has been running fine. They even made it faster for this season.
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Thursday, April 15, 2004 12:30 PM
How exactly did they make it faster?
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Thursday, April 15, 2004 12:39 PM
Changed the wheels or something like that...

They claim it to be 7 km/h faster this year

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Thursday, April 15, 2004 12:54 PM
To be honest once they get all the problems sorted out with Typhoon they should speed up the lift on this as well. I went on it on Sunday and although the first drop and loop are great and very intense, the rest of the ride just lacks pace and reminds me of a Pinfari Looper to much what with it just keep going round in a rectangle.
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Thursday, April 15, 2004 1:18 PM
^Hmm, it also LOOKS like a Pinfari Looper! The ugly "Typhoon"-Logo ontop of the loop will unlikely win a design competition either.

The layout never really appealed to me. How will they make the two inlines faster? The hill after the loop is extremely high and there is no big drop to gain more speed.

Vild Svinet looks much better, even if its shorter.

Despite the "carnival-esque" appearance, Typhoon is not a transportable ride. There is a mobile version which has about the same measurements but less track.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2004 11:53 PM
Soo... what's the story on this? It's been almost a week and there's been nothing to confirm that either of these events took place. Did they or did they not?
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Wednesday, April 21, 2004 1:49 AM
I have seen pictures of the car being pulled out of the third inversion by a cherry picker. This incicident DID happen. But I can not confirm that it was caused by a faulty wheel. Neither have I seen people being evacuated from the ride.

Nearly all information about those incidents have been discussed in foreign forums in languages I cannot properly translate (French, Flamic and Dutch). So much Info is lost and remains obscure. (Maybe Absimillard can come to the rescue?!)

The fact that it didn´t make it big in the media (remember: Belgium-coaster stuck upside down-brings back unpleasant memories-makes good news-exploit it!) and that the ride is up and running (at least) since last weekend makes me doubt that anything serious happened.

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Friday, April 23, 2004 5:56 AM
I know this extreme sensationalism, but at least it doesn´t involve Lady Di!

If you click at the third picture and magnify it you can see the "aftermath" of the "colliosion" that took place on Typhoon.

http://www.arcor.de/hiwCHjNdMI2CQehpaACssAp/palb/thumbs_public.jsp?catID=0&albumID=3031834

You have to look very close to see something. From what I understood, this happened in the station and was no big deal. The main brakes did NOT fail.

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Saturday, April 24, 2004 11:20 AM
isnt the typhoon roller coaster at santa's village made by pinfari?
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Saturday, April 24, 2004 12:53 PM
Top Fun... http://www.rcdb.com/installationdetail497.htm
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