Doesn't S:ROS feature magnetic fail-safe brakes? Or are they the kind the flip out to the side to allow the car to pass through the safety block? What it sounds like to me is that those brakes were in the out position.
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A sensor failed. I'll bet they find they knew about it and didn't replace it or it's on order and they figured they ccould run without it. Or Mackey payed an operator to hold open the brake release. There is a manual over-ride for the brakes.
It sounds to me like the person that they kept quoting that "Lin" person really didn't know what was going on. I love how they sensationalise. Yes it was terrible but I am almost certain it didn't take 45 minutes to get help. 5 minutes sounds about right. It probably felt like a long time because of what they were seeing
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Wow, I was on SROS at SFA that very day. Half way through the day, they took off one of the trains, and none of us knew why. I guess this is why. I was telling my sister that the very small brake run is actually scary, because the one train gets so close to the train in the station. I thought it looked like a disaster waiting to happen.
From the photos I've seen of the ride, the magnetic brakes retract to release the train. Their normal, power off position is closed, meaning the magnet "sandwiches" cover the fins on the sides of the trains. The brakes themselves can't possibly fail, but they can be left open.
Now, for those to be allowed to open, the computer had to think that station was clear. I don't buy a single bad prox switch because they're redundant.
I think that one of two possibilities exist: Either the ride was in full manual (not sure how anyone would be able to do that), or the programming was totally wrong.
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You can't just put a system like the Superman into manual. Looks to me like it was a sensor malfuntion, or programming error, although I am reluctant to say it was an error in the programming. If it was, this probably would have happened alot earlier along.