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Re: Half Pipe Derailment at Elitch Gardens?

Postby Wes » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:57 pm

Vonni wrote:Thankfully no one was hurt, or worse!


Well they were at Elitch...that's bad enough!
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Re: Half Pipe Derailment at Elitch Gardens?

Postby Jew » Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:15 am

Just from that picture and that description, to me it sounds like the LIM may have fired or done something it wasn't supposed to, which caused the ride to e-stop and cause damage to the train.
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Re: Half Pipe Derailment at Elitch Gardens?

Postby Moose » Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:10 am

^which is serious, but still not a derailment.

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Re: Half Pipe Derailment at Elitch Gardens?

Postby DJeXeL » Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:57 am

The car doesn't have to fly off the track in a ball of flames to technically be considered a derailment. (Though would be cool to watch ;) )
There's only a few millimeters of clearance for the LSMs/LIMs along the underside of the car. A simple wheel de-lamination (Polyurethane partially or completely comes off of the wheel hub) will cause the car to shift enough to where it will make contact with the LIMs/LSMs.

Also, as Joey said, a LIM/LSM mis-fire will cause the car to shift suddenly which may have been root cause of issue as well.

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Elitch Gardens 2014 announcement "Brain Drain"

Postby larrygator » Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:34 pm

Thanks to Goliath513 who keyed me in that Elitch Gardens recently made an announcement for 2014. It appears to be a old school Ring of Fire.

http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_25287065/elitch-gardens-adds-new-7-story-thrill-ride

Elitch Gardens adds new 7-story thrill ride

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Posted: 03/06/2014


Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park announced Thursday the addition of a new 7-story thrill ride that will debut this season.

Slated to open in May, the Brain Drain is a 360-degree steel loop that sends thrill seekers forwards, backwards and upside-down.

Marketing director Tracy Durham said it's the first new thrill ride at the 124-year-old park in a decade.

"Guests can let their hair fly as they shuttle back and forth with suspense before wildly looping seven stories in the air," Durham stated in a news release announcing the new ride. "With back to back seats facing either direction, each ride on Brain Drain is a unique experience with great views of the Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains."

Elitch Gardens is scheduled to open for the season on May 3. Season pass holders will have an early chance to ride Brain Drain on May 2.
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Re: Elitch Gardens 2014 announcement "Brain Drain"

Postby CPSFMMCW » Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:52 pm

Looks like a roller coaster to me. Is it one? It didn't say that it is one.
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Re: Elitch Gardens 2014 announcement "Brain Drain"

Postby netdvn » Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:56 pm

The ride is a Ring of Fire-type ride. I don't think I've ever seen a park model Ring of Fire before. Usually they're carnival rides.



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Re: Elitch Gardens 2014 announcement "Brain Drain"

Postby Geauga Dog » Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:59 pm

I agree with Larry, sounds more like a Ring of Fire type ride.

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Re: Elitch Gardens 2014 announcement "Brain Drain"

Postby XII » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:24 pm

Personally, I think Elitch should get something better than a Ring of Fire that is usually found at Carnivals. But hey, any new ride is good for the park and I do think that they're fun rides. Hope this works out well for them.
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Re: Elitch Gardens 2014 announcement "Brain Drain"

Postby John Peck » Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:13 pm

The parks building Ring of Fire's are starting to add up. Some have been portable, (Clemeton, Wild Waves, Castle Park, Cliff's AP) but others are putting in ground-mounts: Galveston Pleasure Pier and Elitch. Larson is really making a name for itself in the parks now with the drop towers and Flying Scooters as well.

Personally, I think a more interesting ride with higher capacity is a 2-Sweep Zamperla Hawk (think: Kennywoods Aero 360)

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