I believe this is partially also because of the Variable Speed lifthills. Prior to the computer system upgrades, they all just stayed at the same speed all the way up- but after the new computer system upgrade it sounds like they are also given the variable speed lift. Essentially allowing for them to dispatch a train before they technically can and it wouldn’t have to block check at the top of the lift, because it would start off slow until the train ahead cleared the next block, then resume full speed. You’ll notice once the train is on the lift you’ll feel a little tug as the train lift speeds up.I think the slower release speed puts less stress on the chain and helps it to last longer.
Oh ya…. It poured its ass off at the park today. All week long our local weather guessers had Saturday as a wash out and Sunday at a 10-20 percent chance of rain… until Friday. Then Saturday started to dry up and Sunday looked a little sketchy. So much for accurate 7 day forecasts… …. Anyway, watched the weather this morning and they were still calling for very isolated showers with most everything staying north of Williamsburg. Needless to say that was wrong.The rain?
This. If you notice, if the train has to e stop *after* it has cleared the final brakes- the back 2 cars are not reached by the catwalksProbably something to do with older B&M programming for safety plus the park prefers to have that large of a gap. Perhaps maybe it's also easier to move the train to the transfer brake from there as it'll have more momentum?
The block between the transfer and main brakes are called the safety brakes. The programming is such that they act as one block in case the train slides far during rain. I have seen it where a full train on wet brakes slides halfway down the two blocks and it very much needs all of those brakes to stop the train. Probably not how I would have programmed it, but this was a prototype ride built in 99, so I'm guessing Consign eired on the side of caution.Why does the train slam to a full stop on the first part of the final brakes if the train ahead is on the transfer track? It doesn't roll to the end of the brake run and stop there like Dominator does.
I believe I heard that they found the train sometimes won't have enough momentum to make it around the turn to the transfer if it stops farther up. I can't remember who I heard that from though.
I've never heard that it would have issue coasting around the turn. I'm sure it helps with speed, but it is angled down quite a bit, so I doubt it has to only do with that. Personally, I don't know why they never parked the train further up on the transfer and allowed the 3rd train to stack beside the maintenance bay.
I think what @cschnizer is referring to is that the final brake run on Dominator (KD split it up into two sections - service/ safety brakes. But, it was still considered one block. When the ride was at Geauga Lake, it was rumored to be two) When the train is coming back from the helix, the train hits the service brakes (next to the station) and the system slows it down to a manageable speed, then it slowly rolls forward through to the safety brakes (directly next to the storage bay), where it will stop if the transfer is occupied. Where as Apollo comes to a dead stop in the service brake instead of trimming the speed down to a manageable speed where it will stop in the safety brakes if the transfer is occupied.The block between the transfer and main brakes are called the safety brakes. The programming is such that they act as one block in case the train slides far during rain. I have seen it where a full train on wet brakes slides halfway down the two blocks and it very much needs all of those brakes to stop the train. Probably not how I would have programmed it, but this was a prototype ride built in 99, so I'm guessing Consign eired on the side of caution.
I think the odds are extremely likely that it will be down.Figured I'd bring this up. Apollo ran through Christmas Town, Winter Weekends and Mardi Gras last winter. Do we think it goes down for maintenance this year? I was wondering if they'd probably just rotating the larger coasters for the cold months.