I was at SFWoA yesterday and there was a construction crew working on the crest of the Wolf Bobs lift hill. The majority of the supports directly underneath had been removed. A friend of mine had told me the chain snapped some time in the last week or so. I was just wondering if anyone could confirm or deny this.
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When I was at the park on May 10, the chain was violently snapping in and out of the chain guide while a train was going up the hill. The ride op said it needed oil. A girl on the platform told him to oil it, but he said he didn't have oil. I said, then why don't you call maintence, but he never answered me. Maybe if it did break it was due to a lack of oil?
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I rode the Bobs about two weeks ago, it was the day after CoasterMania that I went over to SFWoA because it was so close. It was the roughest wooden coaster I have even been on! I have ridden it before that, and it was never that rough. It had different trains on it the first time I was on it. Now it has the same trains as the Villian.
I have no idea about the lift hill, but I am very happy to hear that there is some maintence going on around it. I felt that the park had neglected it when I was there last. Maybe they can fix whatever problems it has and make it a good ride again. It's such a shame it rides the way that it does now. More then likely they will just fix the chain but I really wish they would look at why it happened and make sure to fix whatever caused it to break in the first place (if it did break.)
The Gerstlauer trains are a mechanical improvement over the old trains.
The first half of the ride, until the second time through the 3-level helix, is terrible. From the second time through the helix to the end of the ride is smooth as glass this season.
The lift drive chain does jump out of the guide trough as the train goes up the lift hill, but that is pretty much normal; it has to do with the location of the chain tensioner. If the chain broke, which is a possibility, it is unlikely that it was anything more than an 'end of service life' failure.
From the second time through the helix to the end of the ride is smooth as glass this season.
Please be advised that the opinions expressed may not reflect the opinions of others on this site..... or most people for that matter. I assume that the reference above is in comparision to this section of RWB in season's past.
I must say that I have only ridden RWB 3 times (all this season) and I have to say it is horrendously rough..... even in the latter part of the ride.
The possibilty of the chain having snapped and putting the ride out of commision for some time may actually save some potential riders from the abuse, damage, harm, ill-treatment, impairment, maltreatment, mishandling, molestation, oppression, persecution, roughhousing, ruin, and victimization that this ride can potentially provide.
I wasn't too harsh was I? *** This post was edited by HardRider 6/24/2003 5:49:38 PM ***
i can think of worse. Go to SFDL and ride Predator: Ride of Pain...it is hands down the worst wooden coaster i have ever been on. And i thought the 2nd half of RWB was a phenominal improvement. I cant wait for them to retrack the first half of the ride.
I can confirm this about the wood being removed. I was there on Friday and the guy said there was an accident, but there is a mechanical problem. They had huge lifts and they were removing wood that had looked as though it snapped. It was all the way over the crest of the hill and broken pieces of wood were just hanging there, all mangled. It looked terrible. Is this what happens when the chain snaps?
Go to SFDL and ride Predator: Ride of Pain----Bad influence....have u been to the park this year? I think that predator is back to being smooth(for a woddie) this season. You obviously have not been there this year cuz its a lot better.
I had a small glimpse of the ride today, and it looked like the park replaced some wood near the crest of the lift hill. It was brown and unpainted.
I think RWB was a lot better than last year. The rough first section didn't bother me much, and the smooth second half was okay. There needs to be a bunny hop at the end of the ride somewhere, because that is whats making the it so boring.
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I've ridden Predator last year and the year before that, and have enjoyed it very much both times... Back on topic- why did they replace the trains? I know when I rode last year, our lapbar didn't quite latch right. Its a good thing the op checked it! When he gave it the ol' tug, it popped right up! Could that be one of the potential reasons? About the roughness factor, I think RWB should be named something more along the lines of... Executioner, Castrator, Pulverizor, Bone Crusher, etc. The names could go on forever... ;)
Have a good night everyone! :)
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Raging Wolf Bobs was one of only two wood coasters in the country (in the world?) still running the PTC trailered cars (Predator is the other). It seemed like a good idea at first, to make the train more flexible and make it require less energy to run (=faster ride) by putting fewer wheels on the track, but in practice it just didn't work out because the geometry of the cars is wrong.
The Gerstlauer trains are mechanically the same as the common PTC articulated cars, which actually run a lot better than the trailers do. Since Six Flags had apparently bought three trains for the Villain, they put the third train on Raging Wolf Bobs.