TR: <=Kennywood=< (NAPHA Con)

TR: <=Kennywood=< (NAPHA Con)

Post by PCWorshipp » Fri, 29 May 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

>Trip Report:  <=Kennywood=<
>West Mifflin, Pennsylvania - 05/15-17/1998
>===========================================

[major snippage] -

Just wanted to say, before I make my comment, that this was a great TR
Dave - and to be honest, I enjoy reading yours the most!  Lots of
detail, with a couple touches of humour put in.  Who cares if it was
400 odd lines - it was 400 odd lines of great TR!  Ok - I think I've
inflated your ego enough, on to my comment.

Quote:
>o Bayern Kurve:  One of my personal favorites, and not just because
>of the great horn.  Built by Anton Schwarzkopf, this one has been
>modified with the removal of the third rail and installation of the
>electric cable to the center of the ride.  This makes it look like an
>overgrown Dragon Wagon.  But that's not how it rides!  Do all of the
>Bayern Kurves have the little bounce on the joint at the lowest point
>on the ride?  You don't feel it while riding, but while waiting you
>really notice the
>"BumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBump"
> as the train goes over that spot [Footnote 3].  It's the other
>distinctive sound that identifies the ride.  Certainly I am not the
>only one who has noticed that there are certain flat rides which can
>be easily identified by sound?  Specific examples are the Schwarzkopf
>Bayern Kurve, the thumping of a Chance Twister, the rumbling
>screeches of a Tumble Bug, the gear noises on a Zierer Flying Carpet,
>and the distinct pneumatic noises of the Hrubetz Tip-Top and
>Hurricane...

The Bayern Curve at Paramount Canada's Wonderland also has this
distinct sound, but it uses the third rail system.  If I was sleeping,
and someone played the sound of it running by my head, I would know
exactly what it was.  The train heads through a small [small being
about 4 ft. long] tunnel at its high point, and then at the low point
- you got it - that distinct "bump bump bump bump bump" as it goes
over.. something.  I don't really feel it that much, more than hear it
- then again, I haven't ridden the BC in a while at PCWo.  

Quote:

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Paul L. - PCWorshipper

P.S. - have you ever been to PCWo?  Just curious - would love to hear
a TR from you on it! [good or bad].

 
 
 

TR: <=Kennywood=< (NAPHA Con)

Post by Dave Altho » Fri, 29 May 1998 04:00:00


: >
: >Trip Report:  <=Kennywood=<
: >West Mifflin, Pennsylvania - 05/15-17/1998
: >===========================================

: [major snippage] -

: Just wanted to say, before I make my comment, that this was a great TR
: Dave - and to be honest, I enjoy reading yours the most!  Lots of
: detail, with a couple touches of humour put in.  Who cares if it was
: 400 odd lines - it was 400 odd lines of great TR!  Ok - I think I've
: inflated your ego enough, on to my comment.

It was 400 odd lines, but it also covered a three day trip with a lot of
extra stuff thrown in (tours and ERTs and stuff that would normally not be
part of the park visit).  Glad you liked it!  8-)

: >o Bayern Kurve:  One of my personal favorites, and not just because
: >of the great horn.  Built by Anton Schwarzkopf, this one has been
: >modified with the removal of the third rail and installation of the
: >electric cable to the center of the ride.  This makes it look like an
: >overgrown Dragon Wagon.  But that's not how it rides!  Do all of the
: >Bayern Kurves have the little bounce on the joint at the lowest point
: >on the ride?  You don't feel it while riding, but while waiting you
: >really notice the
: >"BumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBump"
: > as the train goes over that spot [Footnote 3].  It's the other
: >distinctive sound that identifies the ride.  Certainly I am not the
: >only one who has noticed that there are certain flat rides which can
: >be easily identified by sound?  Specific examples are the Schwarzkopf
: >Bayern Kurve, the thumping of a Chance Twister, the rumbling
: >screeches of a Tumble Bug, the gear noises on a Zierer Flying Carpet,
: >and the distinct pneumatic noises of the Hrubetz Tip-Top and
: >Hurricane...

: The Bayern Curve at Paramount Canada's Wonderland also has this
: distinct sound, but it uses the third rail system.  If I was sleeping,
: and someone played the sound of it running by my head, I would know
: exactly what it was.  The train heads through a small [small being
: about 4 ft. long] tunnel at its high point, and then at the low point
: - you got it - that distinct "bump bump bump bump bump" as it goes
: over.. something.  I don't really feel it that much, more than hear it
: - then again, I haven't ridden the BC in a while at PCWo.  

I haven't been to PCWo yet...but you say their Bayern Kurve still has the
tunnel and the third rail?!  Cool!  Does it also still have the tower with
the basket on top?  All those things I remember from the one that Cedar
Point had before they took it out.  On the one at Kennywood, you can see
the mounting brackets for the tunnel and see the mounting hole where the
third rail is supposed to attach, if you know where to look.

: P.S. - have you ever been to PCWo?  Just curious - would love to hear
: a TR from you on it! [good or bad].

Nope, sorry, I've never been there.  8-(

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
(Who has a Paramount pass this year, so maybe it would be a good season to
go...)
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TR: <=Kennywood=< (NAPHA Con)

Post by Craig S Dohme » Fri, 29 May 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>Sorry, I didn't ride the Ferris wheel.  But I did notice that the
>lighting controller had apparently gone belly-up, as all the lights
>on the wheel's spokes were merely glowing steadily, and none of the
>rim lights were working at all.

I worked on Da Wheel for 3 summers, and, sad to say, the lights
haven't really worked properly since 1994.  During '95, the white rim
lights only worked a few times (I almost fainted the day they came
on), and the circuit breakers kept tripping.  We kept nagging the
electricians, and they got them about 50% working in '96.

I think part of the problem is that Fred Weber, the head mechanic and
All-Round Pain in the Ass doesn't like the Wheel and, from what I
heard, wants to get rid of it, which is odd because that ride probably
has fewer mechanical problems than any other in the park.

--Craig

 
 
 

TR: <=Kennywood=< (NAPHA Con)

Post by PCWorshipp » Sat, 30 May 1998 04:00:00


Quote:




>: >o Bayern Kurve:  One of my personal favorites, and not just because
>: >of the great horn.  Built by Anton Schwarzkopf, this one has been
>: >modified with the removal of the third rail and installation of the
>: >electric cable to the center of the ride.  This makes it look like an
>: >overgrown Dragon Wagon.  But that's not how it rides!  Do all of the
>: >Bayern Kurves have the little bounce on the joint at the lowest point
>: >on the ride?  You don't feel it while riding, but while waiting you
>: >really notice the
>: >"BumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBumpBump"
>: > as the train goes over that spot [Footnote 3].  It's the other
>: >distinctive sound that identifies the ride.  Certainly I am not the
>: >only one who has noticed that there are certain flat rides which can
>: >be easily identified by sound?  Specific examples are the Schwarzkopf
>: >Bayern Kurve, the thumping of a Chance Twister, the rumbling
>: >screeches of a Tumble Bug, the gear noises on a Zierer Flying Carpet,
>: >and the distinct pneumatic noises of the Hrubetz Tip-Top and
>: >Hurricane...

>: The Bayern Curve at Paramount Canada's Wonderland also has this
>: distinct sound, but it uses the third rail system.  If I was sleeping,
>: and someone played the sound of it running by my head, I would know
>: exactly what it was.  The train heads through a small [small being
>: about 4 ft. long] tunnel at its high point, and then at the low point
>: - you got it - that distinct "bump bump bump bump bump" as it goes
>: over.. something.  I don't really feel it that much, more than hear it
>: - then again, I haven't ridden the BC in a while at PCWo.  

>I haven't been to PCWo yet...but you say their Bayern Kurve still has the
>tunnel and the third rail?!  Cool!  Does it also still have the tower with
>the basket on top?  All those things I remember from the one that Cedar
>Point had before they took it out.  On the one at Kennywood, you can see
>the mounting brackets for the tunnel and see the mounting hole where the
>third rail is supposed to attach, if you know where to look.

Well, it has a half a tunnel.  It's not really a tunnel, more like a
. hmm - can someone help me here :)  The tunnel doesn't last for that
long, it only covers about 1/10 of the ride.  Basically, the BK at
PCWo is built in a small, fake mountain.  On the mountainside is a
long horn, with a guy blowing into it at the top [a little fake
swedish/german clad guy].  At the base of the mountain [or, in the
middle of the circle/ride - depends how you look at it] is a goat and
a woman.  The goat has sunglasses on it, but this was probably done by
one of the workers.  

The BK starts out paralell to the ground, but when it gets going, it
slowly banks to about 30 degrees.  At the beginning of the ride, the
horn blows a couple times and the ride begins.  The lateral forces
experienced while your not banked - since the train moves a bit before
you start banking - are pretty strong.  As for the mounting brackets,
to be honest, I have no idea what you're talking about!  All I know is
the third rail has about 5 'strips' to it, with a little wire of some
sort coming out of each strip.  It's pretty interesting to see when
the ride is in motion [and you're on it].

Anyway, sorry to ramble, but its the only way I get my point across
[grin].

Quote:
>: P.S. - have you ever been to PCWo?  Just curious - would love to hear
>: a TR from you on it! [good or bad].

>Nope, sorry, I've never been there.  8-(

Bah!  If you do go, make sure 'ya write a TR :]

Quote:
>--Dave Althoff, Jr.
>(Who has a Paramount pass this year, so maybe it would be a good season to
>go...)
>--
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Paul L. - PCWorshipper
 
 
 

TR: <=Kennywood=< (NAPHA Con)

Post by Tim Melag » Sat, 30 May 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> I think part of the problem is that Fred Weber, the head mechanic and
> All-Round Pain in the Ass doesn't like the Wheel and, from what I
> heard, wants to get rid of it, which is odd because that ride probably
> has fewer mechanical problems than any other in the park.

Andy Quinn mentioned that the park wants to get a replacement wheel
for the current Wonder Wheel.

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