Why do parks do this?

Monday, June 12, 2000 10:29 AM
Why do parks which have multiple trains per coaster only run one train on days when there are lines for each ride?

Maybe this is one for the ride op's.

Few things frustrate me more than waiting in line line for a coaster that is not running all the trains it is designed for. It is even worse when you can see the idle train(s) just sitting there.

There are a few circumstances which I can understand not running all the trains.

1) One or more trains need mechanical service before they can be returned to duty.

2) One train is handling all the riders and no line is forming.

3) The coaster needs repair to electrical systems or block brakes before it can run multiple trains.

4) Not a good excuse, but having too few ride operators to run multiple trains.

Other than the above, why don't parks run multiple trains more often?

Is it that much harder?

Less safe?


Are they trying to "save" milage on the idle trains?

I can understand CP not running three trains on MF until they worked out all of the engineering was worked out.

Could others please comment on what is the park's policy/logic for when it will run all of a coaster's trains.
Monday, June 12, 2000 10:33 AM
i also think that is annoying and i cant figure it out eathier maybe they want you to stand in line or something. cause on some rides on very hot days they might do that and bring water buy and everyperson will buy some
Monday, June 12, 2000 10:38 AM
I think thats what it is too cause notice in the new six flags rides they always happen to have lots of stands selling cold refreshmeants. Its a moneymaker!!!!
Monday, June 12, 2000 12:19 PM
My guess is that they don't want to stress a train through a ride if it is not needed. That way there coaster would be preserved longer. Just a guess.
Wednesday, June 14, 2000 3:10 AM
Also, the track needs to be preserved. You can see the paint wearing off of any coaster a few years old, not using all the trains might help the deteriioration of that.

Nothing beats the 'bolt
Wednesday, June 14, 2000 3:16 PM
It's all about money. In most cases that I've seen, you'll rarely wait longer than 15 to 20 minutes for a coaster running fewer trains (I know there are always exceptions, so don't bother stating that). Running a train ultimately costs money in the way of maintenance, replaced wheels, etc.

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