12-07-2016, 02:22 PM
(12-07-2016, 09:58 AM)UtahCoasterEnth Wrote: ...
I got to help as a rider on the first runs on Roller Coaster in 2004. It was fun. It was crazy watching maintenance jump out push the train and jump back in!
Speaking of Dragon. I have one where it was very windy one morning in the fall and while doing test runs at Dragon the roving super decided to take the flags down, as the train passed on the lift it got one of the flags caught on the train and pulled the pole and the flag down the first drop luckily tearing free before the first loop and and not hitting any other track. I was watching it from half up the lift at the time. It was crazy to see.
Yeah, it's a bit of an unnerving thing riding without a lap bar the first time, and even moreso hopping out as the train comes to a stop and helping push. It gets to be rather fun after a trip or two, though.
That's crazy about that flag story... sooooo could have ended very much more badly! Always used to love seeing the flags up there, but man, they must have been a nightmare to wrangle.
(12-07-2016, 10:48 AM)Brăden Wrote: I was one of those campers occasionally and personally I kinda liked it because I was at Lagoon!
There have been times they still do that brake bouncing thing in the mornings. Once I was working in front of the ride near the brakes and it got old real quick. What is the purpose of that exactly?
(12-07-2016, 12:17 PM)Willenator Wrote: No. I always wanted to give it a try though. It looked a lot of fun.
I always felt the same way. I enjoyed hearing the rides getting worked on early in the morning when I was camping.
I was under the impression they had replaced the wheels they used to use on the front and back of the trains, but if they are still bouncing the trains back and forth maybe they still use them. Do you know if they do that every morning or just sometimes? Moving the train back and forth warms up the wheels on the train before it is sent up the hill. Some of the wheels on the train were a softer type that would slow the train down and not let it complete its course unless they were warmed up enough. That's why the train we sent years ago valleyed. The tires became cold again. If Lagoon no longer uses the softer wheels, I don't know why they would still be bouncing the train back and forth unless it still helps with the initial run of the train on the track.
It wasn't actually the tires themselves that were being warmed up (at least as far as I was aware), it's the grease in the bearings in the wheels. When the train's been sitting for awhile, especially on a particularly cool day, the grease tends to stiffen up and cause the bearings to not roll as smoothly. Running the train back & forth for 10-15 minutes (or using the heaters built into the brake now) heats up the bearing assemblies via friction & causes everything to loosen up & allow the wheels to spin more freely.
The campers usually seemed pretty interested in what was going on, and I'm sure I'd have been one of those too, but I'm sure there were plenty that weren't too thrilled with being woken up so early. Although, I'd guess if you camped 20 feet away from a roller coaster, you might have had to assume there'd be some noise in the morning.