When raining, when do they stop coasters?

Thursday, June 13, 2002 11:34 AM

Just wondering: When it's raining out, how hard does it have to pour for them to shut down the coasters? I'm going to Six Flags Great America tomorrow, and the forecast says a 40% chance of scattered showers.

It'll be pretty nice since I'm not gonna be expecting a big crowd at all, and I don't mind the rain too much... especially if I'm by coasters!

;-)

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Bob Klein
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Thursday, June 13, 2002 11:36 AM
Usually when they're scattered, they don't really close the rides unless it gets to be past a point when it's past your safety. I first time I went there, I was on Iron Wolf, and it had scattered showers, as we left the station rain was coming down, not very hard but a little on the medium side. :)
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Thursday, June 13, 2002 11:37 AM
Awesomeness! Thanks a ton!

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Thursday, June 13, 2002 11:38 AM
It's been my experience that SFGAm will keep the coasters going as long as there is no lightning.

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Thursday, June 13, 2002 11:40 AM
Huh, that's funny Bob, we answered eachothers post lol three times in the exact spot lol! ;)
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Thursday, June 13, 2002 11:46 AM

chris said:
It's been my experience that SFGAm will keep the coasters going as long as there is no lightning.

Awesome! Grrrreat news! Thanks! ;-)

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Thursday, June 13, 2002 11:46 AM

Chris K. said:
Huh, that's funny Bob, we answered eachothers post lol three times in the exact spot lol!


Haha. I noticed the same thing.

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Thursday, June 13, 2002 12:08 PM
Lightning closes everything, really hard rain, hail, closes some, light rain/drizzle almost all if not all stay open.

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Thursday, June 13, 2002 12:43 PM
Parks will run all of their rides unless lightning is within 15 miles. Otherwise, prepare for a pounding of drops. I was unlucky enough to ride Chiller front row in the pouring rain...pain.

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Thursday, June 13, 2002 12:46 PM
Great Escape keeps there rides running unless theres lightning.

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Thursday, June 13, 2002 12:56 PM
SFMM keeps rides open (except for STE) when it rains. It only closes all if there is lightning/

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Thursday, June 13, 2002 1:08 PM
Sfa keeps the rides running! On supermanit hurts alot!

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Thursday, June 13, 2002 1:17 PM

deja vu closes in rain

the cable doesnt grip the wheel when wet

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Thursday, June 13, 2002 2:25 PM

Kennywood doesn't run the phantom in rain at all if I remember right. They always close it down. It would hurt anyway.

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Thursday, June 13, 2002 2:44 PM

CRVeck said:
SFMM keeps rides open (except for STE) when it rains. It only closes all if there is lightning/

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Not entirely true. Rides like RRv and Goldrusher are subject to the rain affecting the traction of the station brakes/drive tires, so if trains begin to overshoot the first thing they will do is pull 1 or 2 trains (to get the ride down to 1 train operation), and when in single train operation if the trains continue to overshoot, the ride will be closed down. I'm going to assume this is what most, if not all parks will do.

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Friday, June 14, 2002 8:59 AM
PxPx has it right, but SFMM gets such little rain in the summer, it is never really an issue. I have been there in the off season and ridden several of their coasters in the rain, Viper was particularly good in the rain. They only closed down completely if there was a downpour, but would reopen as soon as the worst was over.

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Friday, June 14, 2002 9:30 AM

RollrCoastr00,

Your statement on Deja Vu is homorous...it has that problem att the time...not just when it's raining ;)

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Friday, June 14, 2002 9:45 AM
Well i went to SFOT yesterday and it said 30% chance of rain. It looked terrible. They closed all of the rides down
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Friday, June 14, 2002 9:50 AM
I think for every park it depends on the ride. Like at SFEG, The Flying Coaster can't be operated in the slightest bit of rain, but Twister II will keep on going through light rainshowers, same with Mind Eraser. Lighting also plays quite a factor.
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Friday, June 14, 2002 12:05 PM
Fifteen miles is pretty far. I don't see why any parks would close rides with lightning any further than that. Two of the biggest reasons to close a ride in the storm is to prevent people from being on it when 1) it could be struck by lightning or 2) could suffer a power failure and result in people being stuck in a place that is difficult to evacuate (such as the top of a 200 foot lift hill).

In general rain, it really depends on the park and the ride in particular. For example, the Wild Mouse at Idlewild closes in pretty much any type of rain because the block brakes get wet. If the brakes are too wet, the cars can slip through too easily and enter the next block before the previous car has left it. If this happens, the safety system kicks in and all the cars on the track are stopped. It is easier for the park to simply close the ride in the rain.

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