Chalk it up to "Stuff Happens" :)
Heck, it's not as if the generator couldn't be useful for other things. Generator could kick in automatically to supply power to the ride, then after the coaster is powered through and has been unloaded, have a maintenance person throw a switch to shuttle power over to park operations to power certain areas of the park, say the entrance area. Cheap insurance, I'll bet it would be cheaper than the lawsuit will be.
File this under the....oops file.
Has anyone even rode this coaster and liked it? i've yet to hear any feedback about it.
-Why is Wicked Twister closed?
The train completes the inline twist and you drop thru the station and up the vertical lift but the train does not engage. Instead it freefalls backwards, rockets thru the station and back up the drop. Then you drop again thru the station and up the lift again. This time the train does engage and the lift slowly lowers you back into the station.
The very first time Mike [Bassistist] and I rode we made it thru the entire cycle up until the lift engages the second time. We started to lower back to the station and suddenly stopped, some 120-feet or so up. We were stuck there in the vertical position, sun in our eyes, for 15-20 mins while they waited for a maintenance guy to reset the ride so we could be lowered back down to the station.
The ride reopened and we rode a second time without problem however the next group of riders experienced the same problem. The ride was then closed for a few hours. We never got another ride that day.
Maurer Söhne has tested and offered four different ways to deal with power outages and/or the train getting stuck in various positions on the lift.
The situation Mamoosh described is the easiest solution: an emergency program, activated by pressing two buttons will lower the train back to the station.
There is a physical device to pull the train forward in case it gets stuck before or after the "dead-spot". Howerver these devices need a second, independent energy source. Gerstlauer says that every customer is aware of this.
They have also tested to evacuate the train in any degree of "stuckage". It is possible but its described by the manufacturer as the least safe and least convenient way to handle the situation.
So either the training of the employess was faulty or the park just failed to provide an independent energy source.
But anyway, a power outage in exactly the right/wrong second: How strange is that!? *** Edited 6/11/2007 7:38:59 PM UTC by tricktrack***
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