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The Control Panel Enthusiast Thread

Postby Montu Maniac » Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:36 am

For those who love "Control Panels" ......
Control Panel "Katun" @ Mirabilandia
Control Panel "Raptor" @ Gardaland
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Re: The Control Panel Enthusiast Thread

Postby KDCOASTERFAN » Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:52 am

How'd you get these when most B&M's have an enclosed control booth? Keep them coming if you have anymore to share.

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Re: The Control Panel Enthusiast Thread

Postby sfmman2000 » Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:39 pm

Here's a few control board pictures I've collected and found over the years. More to come.

This is the control board belonging to Giant Dipper at Belmont Park. It is based on technology from the 1970s, with manually-controlled brakes, and has no PLC (ride computer). Although the picture is blurry, the six black buttons on the bottom-right control the skid brakes. There are three brake sections. As the train of riders comes into the station, the operator opens the spring-loaded brakes by holding/pulsing the buttons sequentially until the train is lined up correctly. When the train is ready to dispatch, the operator sounds the warning bell (big black button) and holds brake section #6, which releases the brakes so the train can roll out of the station. The ride does have a simple block system with limit switches, so if there are two trains on the track they will not be allowed to occupy the same block. There is no mid-course brake run. I believe block 1 begins at the loading area (brake area #6) and ends near the top of the lift hill. Block 2 is the entire ride portion up until the first brake area (#1).
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Control board of Octotron, Belmont Park

Control board of Maliboomer, California Adventure (defunct). To operate, the operator locks and checks restraints, and then presses the green weigh button, which lifts the carriage on hydraulic posts to weigh the riders, which tells the system how much air to fill the tank with. Shortly after, the air tank will fill with air and the ride will begin the launch cycle. In automatic mode, all the operator has to do is press the weight button, and the system will cycle through the program automatically. In manual mode, each button must be pressed in sequence. If the down button needs to be pressed, it should be done so during the weigh cycle, for least consequence. The ride program will then promptly halt and return to the ground. If down is pressed during fill cycle, the carriage will descend, but the rider's restraints will be kept locked until all air is out of the shot tank. If the ride is already in the launch cycle and the down button is pressed, the carriage will descend very, very slowly (much slower than normal). For that reason, I can't think of any good reason to use the down button during the launch cycle.

Control board of Control Freak, Belmont Park

Control panel of Sky Tower, Six Flags Magic Mountain
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Re: The Control Panel Enthusiast Thread

Postby oriolat » Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:09 am

Wow! I love this post :P I was secretely hoping that one day somebody would start this thread and there it is!

Thanks for the pictures and the explanations! Keep these pictures coming because some of them (especially B&M and Intamin) are quite hard to get...

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Re: The Control Panel Enthusiast Thread

Postby LoneRider92 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:04 pm

I was curious to see how long it would take a topic like this to appear. ;)

Something I always wondered was about the complexity (the amount of knobs and gadgets) of individual ride panels. As I have yet to get a job at a theme park and operate any rides, I was wondering what types of rides had very complicated panels with controls for anything imaginable and which types of rides required a fairly clean and simple panel.

I can imagine coasters way back in the day that required the manual handbrake didn't have very complex control panels, if any at all.
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Re: The Control Panel Enthusiast Thread

Postby sfmman2000 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:24 pm

I discovered some great pictures of Top Thrill Dragster's control board. Pictures are property of:
Main control board shots.


I believe LAUNCH BOOST ENABLE is used in early morning test runs to send empty trains out at a faster speed (140 mph+) for a better chance of clearing the tower.

This position is responsible for launching the train.


See archived version of Cedar Point's On Point blog for more pictures and explanation of how TTD works.
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Re: The Control Panel Enthusiast Thread

Postby CoasterGuy06 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:21 pm

Here are some pictures I have. All are pictures I have taken except for the Intimidator picture, which was sent to me by a former co-worker that later worked for Carowinds.
Raven at Holiday World
Intimidator at Carowinds
StratosFear Screamer at Alabama Adventure- main control panel
StratosFear Screamer secondary panel.
Buzzsaw Falls at Alabama Adventure
Rampage at Alabama Adventure- main control panel.
Rampage- panel on the transfer table (sorry it's blurry)

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Re: The Control Panel Enthusiast Thread

Postby willh51 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:00 pm

I wonder if anyone has ever ridden Dragster with "launch boost" enabled? I don't have a picture, but the panel on Volcano at Kings Dominion is pretty cool. The on-ride computer displays a graphic of the ride, which looks like a blueprint, and shows what position/block segment the train is in. I believe the track in the segment being used turns red. Does anyone have a picture of a Top Spin or Top Scan panel? I'd like to see how you operate those in manual mode.
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Re: The Control Panel Enthusiast Thread

Postby DJeXeL » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:14 pm

Can't speak for all Top Spins but the Huss Floorless TopSpin that I operated didn't have any physical "manual mode" buttons on the panel. All manual mode operations were done inside of a maintenance mode on the Allen-Bradley touch panel. There was a "key switch" on the panel that had an auto mode which was for operations and a manual mode which was for maintenance only. (They were the only ones with the key that was needed for maintenance mode)

Once the maintenance mode is selected a whole new set of options will appear on the touch panel allowing maintenance to raise and lower the platform and manually jog the gondola and swing arms along with other maintenance functions.
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Re: The Control Panel Enthusiast Thread

Postby susan green » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:29 pm

New comer here, and I don't have a picture, seems it's a shame. But seeing those showed here makes me feel that it's a feast of eyes. :br :br :br :br :br :br


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