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(Blog Toronto)   Being stuck on a rollercoaster can be an unpleasant experience but it is so much worse when you add in a massive storm   (blogto.com) divider line
    More: Fail, Canada's Wonderland, Storm, Thunderstorm, Kings Island, Amusement park, Severe weather, hurricane-force winds, power outage  
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2991 clicks; posted to Main » on 26 May 2022 at 1:38 PM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-05-26 9:48:42 AM  
I haven't been to CW in decades.  I can't imagine being there during that derecho though.  I was at home in Brampton when it hit, and thankfully I live just outside the center so we didn't get the more serious damage that occurred a bit further to the north -- some downed trees and large branches were about all the carnage I witnessed.  CW would have been more or less directly in its path though.
 
2022-05-26 1:40:15 PM  
Is Fabio okay?
 
2022-05-26 1:43:39 PM  
As long as there wasn't lightning, I'd probably enjoy that. Once the lightning starts, though, to hell with that.
 
2022-05-26 1:47:18 PM  
Why doesn't the ride have a UPS big enough to make sure that all cars can get back to the station ?!? I'm sure in the tens of millions it costs to design and build a modern coaster a few tens of thousands can be spared to make sure folks don't get caught out in such a bad situation.
 
2022-05-26 1:48:38 PM  
Not the Hell Loop 2000!   The mayor said it was safe!
 
2022-05-26 1:52:42 PM  
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2022-05-26 1:54:50 PM  
Oh shiat another 'OMG oh shiat OMG oh shiat" video OMG
 
2022-05-26 2:05:59 PM  

wxboy: As long as there wasn't lightning, I'd probably enjoy that. Once the lightning starts, though, to hell with that.


would it electrocute you if you were in the ride?  or would it all run to ground?  or are your multiple points of contact in the ride enough to do it?
 
2022-05-26 2:23:40 PM  
That's nothing compared to the trauma of being stuck on the Disney "It's a Small World" ride.

/at least they eventually stopped the music
 
2022-05-26 2:31:20 PM  
That's nothing, I got stuck on the "It's a Small World" ride, for an hour, and they left the music on, endlessly repeating.

So, this actually happened to me, in the mid 70s.  I've also seen other people share this story.  Is there some kind of misremembering thing going on, did my anecdote get shared across the internet, did the ride actually break down commonly for an hour at a time?   Should we all get together and form a support group, or file a class action suit?

I have so many questions.
 
2022-05-26 2:43:44 PM  
Those rides are like two minutes long yet they had to shut them down partway through. Carnies are morons.
 
2022-05-26 2:46:13 PM  

Ker_Thwap: That's nothing, I got stuck on the "It's a Small World" ride, for an hour, and they left the music on, endlessly repeating.

So, this actually happened to me, in the mid 70s.  I've also seen other people share this story.  Is there some kind of misremembering thing going on, did my anecdote get shared across the internet, did the ride actually break down commonly for an hour at a time?   Should we all get together and form a support group, or file a class action suit?

I have so many questions.


Probably just poorly designed equipment that they didn't want to re-engineer.  I think it was early 90s for me.
 
2022-05-26 2:57:49 PM  
Scary tag was probably still cleaning the crap out of its pants.
 
2022-05-26 3:02:04 PM  

Ker_Thwap: That's nothing, I got stuck on the "It's a Small World" ride, for an hour, and they left the music on, endlessly repeating.

So, this actually happened to me, in the mid 70s.  I've also seen other people share this story.  Is there some kind of misremembering thing going on, did my anecdote get shared across the internet, did the ride actually break down commonly for an hour at a time?   Should we all get together and form a support group, or file a class action suit?

I have so many questions.


Yikes. That ride exists for one reason: it's scorching hot outside, there's usually not much of a line, and you can sit down and cool off for about five minutes. An hour? Ouch.

I guess in the 70s it was considered more of an attraction.
 
2022-05-26 3:04:17 PM  
That "storm" ended up killing eleven people across Ontario & Quebec - on the May Two-Four weekend no less.
Those 2020-decade hits just keep on coming.
 
2022-05-26 3:29:10 PM  

Russ1642: Those rides are like two minutes long yet they had to shut them down partway through. Carnies are morons.


Sounds like a foul weather checklist needs a bit of editing.
 
2022-05-26 3:45:53 PM  

Russ1642: Those rides are like two minutes long yet they had to shut them down partway through. Carnies are morons.


They didn't, they were in the process of closing down the rides when a power outage killed the ride. In other words in the time between when they got the call to shut down the rides and before that car could return to the station the severe winds had killed the power lines. That's a really fast moving storm, or for some reason the park person responsible for monitoring for severe weather waited until the last possible second to make the call to close the rides.
 
2022-05-26 3:52:47 PM  
OH MY GA-AWD!  OH MY GA-AWD!

Social media is killing regional accents.  Every teenager in America sounds the same to me.
 
2022-05-26 4:10:36 PM  

robodog: Russ1642: Those rides are like two minutes long yet they had to shut them down partway through. Carnies are morons.

They didn't, they were in the process of closing down the rides when a power outage killed the ride. In other words in the time between when they got the call to shut down the rides and before that car could return to the station the severe winds had killed the power lines. That's a really fast moving storm, or for some reason the park person responsible for monitoring for severe weather waited until the last possible second to make the call to close the rides.


A power outage shouldn't strand riders. That's a serious design problem. Also, there's no way they were caught off guard with so little time. A fast moving storm gives you a fark of a lot more than a couple minutes to react.
 
2022-05-26 4:19:46 PM  
You don't get to go from "fark the storm we're riding!" to "oh no get us off this thing it's raining!" and get any sympathy.
 
2022-05-26 4:32:02 PM  

Russ1642: robodog: Russ1642: Those rides are like two minutes long yet they had to shut them down partway through. Carnies are morons.

They didn't, they were in the process of closing down the rides when a power outage killed the ride. In other words in the time between when they got the call to shut down the rides and before that car could return to the station the severe winds had killed the power lines. That's a really fast moving storm, or for some reason the park person responsible for monitoring for severe weather waited until the last possible second to make the call to close the rides.

A power outage shouldn't strand riders. That's a serious design problem. Also, there's no way they were caught off guard with so little time. A fast moving storm gives you a fark of a lot more than a couple minutes to react.


Immediately engaging all the brakes on the ride is absolutely the correct fail-safe response to a power failure and the brakes are almost certainly designed to be spring-loaded to engage when electrical power or pneumatic pressure is lost. Allowing a rollercoaster to go on without positive control creates the potential for collisions that could lead to fatalites.

Disengaging the brakes after something like this is probably a deliberately manual process to be done by technicians because there's a real possibility of the e-stop having been triggered by a faulty sensor or component and automatically resuming operation on a machine of unknown integrity is not wise.

The proper way to ensure this doesn't happen is have UPS capacity on the ride's operating power supply to hold things up until a backup generator can take up the load.
 
2022-05-26 7:02:50 PM  

ChiliBoots: Russ1642: robodog: Russ1642: Those rides are like two minutes long yet they had to shut them down partway through. Carnies are morons.

They didn't, they were in the process of closing down the rides when a power outage killed the ride. In other words in the time between when they got the call to shut down the rides and before that car could return to the station the severe winds had killed the power lines. That's a really fast moving storm, or for some reason the park person responsible for monitoring for severe weather waited until the last possible second to make the call to close the rides.

A power outage shouldn't strand riders. That's a serious design problem. Also, there's no way they were caught off guard with so little time. A fast moving storm gives you a fark of a lot more than a couple minutes to react.

Immediately engaging all the brakes on the ride is absolutely the correct fail-safe response to a power failure and the brakes are almost certainly designed to be spring-loaded to engage when electrical power or pneumatic pressure is lost. Allowing a rollercoaster to go on without positive control creates the potential for collisions that could lead to fatalites.

Disengaging the brakes after something like this is probably a deliberately manual process to be done by technicians because there's a real possibility of the e-stop having been triggered by a faulty sensor or component and automatically resuming operation on a machine of unknown integrity is not wise.

The proper way to ensure this doesn't happen is have UPS capacity on the ride's operating power supply to hold things up until a backup generator can take up the load.


Get out of here with that common sense crap.
 
2022-05-27 6:28:47 AM  
also, you have to shiat.
 
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