XFlight does have 3 trains, never been on it though so I don't know how many usually operate. Owned by SF my guess is probably 1.
Any coaster can run 4 trains if there are five blocks. That would sorta be pointless though because since it has a launch the ride is so short that 2 would be on brakes, one in the bowl, and one in the station. Think about it. Most currently ran is 2 I believe on rides like Flight of Fear, Poltergiest, and Jokers Jinx.
I have been on Batwing while it had two trains. It couldn't run three. I remember it so well because I had to sit in 90 plus degree heat for five minutes on the brake run in the sun while the other one was getting ready for dispatch. The most I have seen is 2 on Joker's Jinx. I doubt they could run 4 and probably not three. The next train is always waiting for the other one to dispatch.
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No, they cannot, at most, they can run 2 trains. The launch bowl, and first set of brakes is 1 block, the station is another block, and the second set of brakes, before the station is another block. Total, is 3 blocks, and another train cannot be launched until the other train is on the brakes before the station.
Some parks order extra trains, in case a train has a problem, in which the park can take another train, and add it, and remove the defective train, inorder to keep the capacity the normal PPH.
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Oh come on! The spaghetti bowls last all of a minute. The train on the brakes doesn't move until inversion three, and the train in the station takes up the entire length of the station. There's no way that they could run four trains. As for the flyers, Batwing was usually running two trains this summer, either out of the same station, or both stations. I was told the third train will be used as a spare. ------------- Dude, you're getting an Intamin!
If it weren't for the restraints, Flight of Fear most certainly could run four trains. Remember, it has a seperate unload station. Granted, I could promise you that a train would almost end up sitting on the standby brakes uptrack of unload, but it could certainly be done.
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Flight of Fear (Outer Limits) was originally designed to run 4 trains. The fourth train remained unused. They ran 3 with the OTSR's. Now, since the lap bars take so long to check, they run only two. Since they run two, They haven't activated the block while I have been on it.... I like it better that way.
I rode Flight of Fear at PKD, and I think it could prop run 4 trains,becuase their is two stations one loading one unloading ,then a set of brakes that can hold another train before unload staiton plus the block brakes which 99.9% stop the train dead in its tracks. so.... if you had a fast , I mean really fast crew one train loading, one train in the bowl once the first train in the bowl and hit,and passed the block brakes , the other could launch then leaving two in the bowl ,one loading the other unloading, so it can happen, , worse case they can have 3 trains stacked! ,with one inthe bowl, but these rides where designed right ,and it seems as if it was made to maybe run 4 trains if the park wanted to just to give the park more options , but I think it would be too much work for maybe under-payed workers? (not to throw darts ,which I am). The only time I would exspect PKD to run 4trains ever if is the park was closed due to capicty issues and every ride had 3hr lines. As for Batwing when I rode it had two trains loading unloading, and I belive it was only using one side of the station.
When I rode X-Flight the year it opened... there was one on the track, one unloading, and one loading.. thats three right? The train halted, load went out, train came in, and was unload, other was load first was on track..
I think i have been on FoF when there were three trains running. I believe I caught a glimpse of another train while in the darkness of the bowl. (Could have been the front/back of my train depending on where i was sitting) :) Coarse that would have been years ago as PKI all ways has such bad downtimes on their rides. (specially FoF)
In theory the Vekomas can run 3 trains. In practice the load time even with a good crew will always be long enough that it just won't be practical. You might be able to run 3 trains for ERT with a group of ACER's who have all ridden a Vekoma Flyer before, but that's not the crowd that you are going to have during normal operations.
The spaghetti bowls come in 2 distinct designs. The FOF's have mid course brakes and dual stations. The outdoor bowls have no midcourse brakes and a single station. The outdoor bowls are limited to 2 trains. I don't know enough about the blocking of the indoor bowls to be sure how many they can run.