NEWS: SFA Superman breaks lift chain

NEWS: SFA Superman breaks lift chain

Post by Walt Breymie » Sat, 03 Jun 2000 04:00:00


        Haven't seen anything posted on this yet, so I thought that I
would turn in a report. Went to SFA for a few hours after work this
mornign mith my friend Jon. Got to the park at tabout 10:45, and got
in a little after 11. Of course, we headed right back to Superman, and
got in three rides in about 45 minutes. Heading back into the line for
a fourth, walking throught the deserted queue line, I got to within
about 30 feet of the stairs up into the station when all of a sudden a
loud, ratcheting, grinding noise filled the air. In about 1.5 seconds,
I had 3 distinct thoughts.

        #1- That is NOT normal.
        #2 - Could the anti-rollbacks make THAT much noise?
        #3 - Oh, S*#t, the chain broke!!

    I ran up the stairs, and sure enough that's what had happened. I
was hoping to get up there in time to see that chain come sliding down
the hill, but by the time I made it into the station it was all lying
in a heap at the base of the lift. Several mothers in front of me
starting screaming because they had children on the train that was
stopped 3/4's or more of the way up the lift, and I tried to calm them
down and tell them that the safety features of the coaster worked just
fine, and in a few moments the passengers would begin to be removed
from the train and walked down the lift stairs.

        But since they didn't even seem to realise I was there and
talking to them, which I only did because the ride-ops were doing
their jobs and rushing to attend to the stranded riders on the lift, I
wathced them run out of the line and then reached into my waist pack
and took out my camera. I took some pictures of the chain lying in a
heap and then left the line (after advising several die hard still in
the gates that a broken lift chain assuredly means the coaster will
NOT be back up today) I went outside the queue to get some shots of
the train on the lift. About five minutes after the stoppage they sent
someone out to clear the queue, and about five minutes after that they
pulled tarps over the pile o chain. Response time was amazing, there
was a car with severl people in it at the scene in easily under 2
minutes.

        By about 5 minutes after noon they were leading the first
passengers down, and to the best of my knowledge no one was injured.
We hung around the area for a few more minutes just watching, then
left to ride other things. By about 12:30 the train looked to be fully
unloaded.

        Jon and I were on the dispatch *right* before that train, and,
seeing as no one was hurt, I think that it would have been sorta neat
to be on that train when the chain broke. Still, it was also neat
being on the ground and able to get stills, which will be an
intersting addition to my private collection. I did feel really bad
for those two moms, though. Also FWIW, no one on the train was
screaming or panicking, that I could hear fron 150 ft below, anyway.

        Last note, to the couple who had the backseat when the coaster
E-stopped for the guy who took off his shoes, I know that I know you
guys, but names fail me, and I never saw you again that day to say
hello, and am not even sure you noticed me in line. But hello.

                Walt Breymier, been where the action is all day today

 
 
 

NEWS: SFA Superman breaks lift chain

Post by Johnny » Sat, 03 Jun 2000 04:00:00

That bites....  I am supposed to go to SFA tomorrow.  Maybe I will go next
week instead.  I don't know if they will get that chain fixed by tomorrow.


Quote:

> Haven't seen anything posted on this yet, so I thought that I
> would turn in a report. Went to SFA for a few hours after work this
> mornign mith my friend Jon. Got to the park at tabout 10:45, and got
> in a little after 11. Of course, we headed right back to Superman, and
> got in three rides in about 45 minutes. Heading back into the line for
> a fourth, walking throught the deserted queue line, I got to within
> about 30 feet of the stairs up into the station when all of a sudden a
> loud, ratcheting, grinding noise filled the air. In about 1.5 seconds,
> I had 3 distinct thoughts.

> #1- That is NOT normal.
> #2 - Could the anti-rollbacks make THAT much noise?
> #3 - Oh, S*#t, the chain broke!!

>     I ran up the stairs, and sure enough that's what had happened. I
> was hoping to get up there in time to see that chain come sliding down
> the hill, but by the time I made it into the station it was all lying
> in a heap at the base of the lift. Several mothers in front of me
> starting screaming because they had children on the train that was
> stopped 3/4's or more of the way up the lift, and I tried to calm them
> down and tell them that the safety features of the coaster worked just
> fine, and in a few moments the passengers would begin to be removed
> from the train and walked down the lift stairs.

> But since they didn't even seem to realise I was there and
> talking to them, which I only did because the ride-ops were doing
> their jobs and rushing to attend to the stranded riders on the lift, I
> wathced them run out of the line and then reached into my waist pack
> and took out my camera. I took some pictures of the chain lying in a
> heap and then left the line (after advising several die hard still in
> the gates that a broken lift chain assuredly means the coaster will
> NOT be back up today) I went outside the queue to get some shots of
> the train on the lift. About five minutes after the stoppage they sent
> someone out to clear the queue, and about five minutes after that they
> pulled tarps over the pile o chain. Response time was amazing, there
> was a car with severl people in it at the scene in easily under 2
> minutes.

> By about 5 minutes after noon they were leading the first
> passengers down, and to the best of my knowledge no one was injured.
> We hung around the area for a few more minutes just watching, then
> left to ride other things. By about 12:30 the train looked to be fully
> unloaded.

> Jon and I were on the dispatch *right* before that train, and,
> seeing as no one was hurt, I think that it would have been sorta neat
> to be on that train when the chain broke. Still, it was also neat
> being on the ground and able to get stills, which will be an
> intersting addition to my private collection. I did feel really bad
> for those two moms, though. Also FWIW, no one on the train was
> screaming or panicking, that I could hear fron 150 ft below, anyway.

> Last note, to the couple who had the backseat when the coaster
> E-stopped for the guy who took off his shoes, I know that I know you
> guys, but names fail me, and I never saw you again that day to say
> hello, and am not even sure you noticed me in line. But hello.

> Walt Breymier, been where the action is all day today


 
 
 

NEWS: SFA Superman breaks lift chain

Post by Walt Breymie » Sat, 03 Jun 2000 04:00:00



Quote:
>That bites....  I am supposed to go to SFA tomorrow.  Maybe I will go next
>week instead.  I don't know if they will get that chain fixed by tomorrow.

   I would assume that a lift chain is not something that they keep on
hand in the maintenance building, and as such I would assume that they
would be VERY lucky indeed to even posess a new lift chain by
tomorrow.   Sorry, but looks like next week would be the best bet is
Supe is a deal breaker for you.

        Walt Breymier, unless the can REPAIR the chain instead of
REPLACE it

 
 
 

NEWS: SFA Superman breaks lift chain

Post by RollerCoasterG » Sun, 04 Jun 2000 04:00:00

Quote:
>  I would assume that a lift chain is not something that they keep on
>hand in the maintenance building, and as such I would assume that they
>would be VERY lucky indeed to even posess a new lift chain by
>tomorrow.   Sorry, but looks like next week would be the best bet is
>Supe is a deal breaker for you.

>    Walt Breymier, unless the can REPAIR the chain instead of
>REPLACE it

What they need is that stupid maintenance shed that kept showing on the DC
special last monday sayint it has everything and anything a park could need or
want. *sight* ;-)

"The Future of Roller Coasters"
Matthew Baughman

 
 
 

NEWS: SFA Superman breaks lift chain

Post by Jerem » Sun, 04 Jun 2000 04:00:00

I remember years ago when SFNE's Cyclone's chain broke...it was closed for a
few days at least.

Hope they can get it fixed quickly.

-- Jeremy --


:    I would assume that a lift chain is not something that they keep on
: hand in the maintenance building, and as such I would assume that they
: would be VERY lucky indeed to even posess a new lift chain by
: tomorrow.   Sorry, but looks like next week would be the best bet is
: Supe is a deal breaker for you.
:
: Walt Breymier, unless the can REPAIR the chain instead of
: REPLACE it

 
 
 

NEWS: SFA Superman breaks lift chain

Post by Rick Shomsk » Sun, 04 Jun 2000 04:00:00

I don't think an entire new lift chain is necessary.  Maybe just a new link or
two?
Quote:



> >That bites....  I am supposed to go to SFA tomorrow.  Maybe I will go next
> >week instead.  I don't know if they will get that chain fixed by tomorrow.

>    I would assume that a lift chain is not something that they keep on
> hand in the maintenance building, and as such I would assume that they
> would be VERY lucky indeed to even posess a new lift chain by
> tomorrow.   Sorry, but looks like next week would be the best bet is
> Supe is a deal breaker for you.

>         Walt Breymier, unless the can REPAIR the chain instead of
> REPLACE it

 
 
 

NEWS: SFA Superman breaks lift chain

Post by BlowRi » Mon, 05 Jun 2000 04:00:00

That is the FUNNIEST thing I've ever heard in my life...ROFL

Quote:

> Haven't seen anything posted on this yet, so I thought that I
> would turn in a report. Went to SFA for a few hours after work this
> mornign mith my friend Jon. Got to the park at tabout 10:45, and got
> in a little after 11. Of course, we headed right back to Superman, and
> got in three rides in about 45 minutes. Heading back into the line for
> a fourth, walking throught the deserted queue line, I got to within
> about 30 feet of the stairs up into the station when all of a sudden a
> loud, ratcheting, grinding noise filled the air. In about 1.5 seconds,
> I had 3 distinct thoughts.

> #1- That is NOT normal.
> #2 - Could the anti-rollbacks make THAT much noise?
> #3 - Oh, S*#t, the chain broke!!

>     I ran up the stairs, and sure enough that's what had happened. I
> was hoping to get up there in time to see that chain come sliding down
> the hill, but by the time I made it into the station it was all lying
> in a heap at the base of the lift. Several mothers in front of me
> starting screaming because they had children on the train that was
> stopped 3/4's or more of the way up the lift, and I tried to calm them
> down and tell them that the safety features of the coaster worked just
> fine, and in a few moments the passengers would begin to be removed
> from the train and walked down the lift stairs.

> But since they didn't even seem to realise I was there and
> talking to them, which I only did because the ride-ops were doing
> their jobs and rushing to attend to the stranded riders on the lift, I
> wathced them run out of the line and then reached into my waist pack
> and took out my camera. I took some pictures of the chain lying in a
> heap and then left the line (after advising several die hard still in
> the gates that a broken lift chain assuredly means the coaster will
> NOT be back up today) I went outside the queue to get some shots of
> the train on the lift. About five minutes after the stoppage they sent
> someone out to clear the queue, and about five minutes after that they
> pulled tarps over the pile o chain. Response time was amazing, there
> was a car with severl people in it at the scene in easily under 2
> minutes.

> By about 5 minutes after noon they were leading the first
> passengers down, and to the best of my knowledge no one was injured.
> We hung around the area for a few more minutes just watching, then
> left to ride other things. By about 12:30 the train looked to be fully
> unloaded.

> Jon and I were on the dispatch *right* before that train, and,
> seeing as no one was hurt, I think that it would have been sorta neat
> to be on that train when the chain broke. Still, it was also neat
> being on the ground and able to get stills, which will be an
> intersting addition to my private collection. I did feel really bad
> for those two moms, though. Also FWIW, no one on the train was
> screaming or panicking, that I could hear fron 150 ft below, anyway.

> Last note, to the couple who had the backseat when the coaster
> E-stopped for the guy who took off his shoes, I know that I know you
> guys, but names fail me, and I never saw you again that day to say
> hello, and am not even sure you noticed me in line. But hello.

> Walt Breymier, been where the action is all day today

 
 
 

NEWS: SFA Superman breaks lift chain

Post by Walt Breymie » Tue, 06 Jun 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

>I don't think an entire new lift chain is necessary.  Maybe just a new link or
>two?

    That's what I am wondering as well, especially since close
inspection of one of my photos reveals that the chain just ends at the
end of one link. The other end of the breakage is not visible in any
of the photos, so I can't say for sure if something broke, or a link
just came undone.

        I wonder if there is any kind of regulation that they have to
replace the entire chain? Anything about compromised structural
integrity? I would think it would be unnecessary, but I could also see
it having to be done. :)

          Walt Breymier, who can't share his photos online since he
doesn't have a scanner anymore

 
 
 

NEWS: SFA Superman breaks lift chain

Post by Jeff 'Jones' Put » Tue, 06 Jun 2000 04:00:00



Quote:
>    Jon and I were on the dispatch *right* before that train, and,
> seeing as no one was hurt, I think that it would have been sorta neat
> to be on that train when the chain broke.

Which seats were you waiting for? I was in 6-1 of that train! Crazy
stuff. No one really panicked, but the two kids behind me in the back
were more than a little freaked out. Other than the people all the way
up front, it didn't appear that very many people realized what happened
until the out-of-breath ride op got up the lift. That was a long walk
down as well!

If you'd be willing to mail the negatives (35mm), I'd be willing to
scan them and send you high-res images on CD, provided I could use them
on CoasterBuzz.

-Jeff 'Jones' Putz
http://www.coasterbuzz.com - Portal to The Thrill!(tm)
http://www.guidetothepoint.com

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NEWS: SFA Superman breaks lift chain

Post by Rastus O'Ging » Thu, 08 Jun 2000 04:00:00



Quote:

>>I don't think an entire new lift chain is necessary.  Maybe just a new link or
>>two?

>    That's what I am wondering as well, especially since close
>inspection of one of my photos reveals that the chain just ends at the
>end of one link. The other end of the breakage is not visible in any
>of the photos, so I can't say for sure if something broke, or a link
>just came undone.

>    I wonder if there is any kind of regulation that they have to
>replace the entire chain? Anything about compromised structural
>integrity? I would think it would be unnecessary, but I could also see
>it having to be done. :)

>          Walt Breymier, who can't share his photos online since he
>doesn't have a scanner anymore

I doubt the entire chain must be replaced.  That would be extremely
expensive.  If that were true, if a metro bus's wheel went flat, they
have to replace them all.  The chain is not a critical safety device.
Now a chain dog failure may be a different case.

Rastus O'Ginga

Winner of the 2nd Annual C. Montgomery Burns Award for
Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence.