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It doesn't seem right that a chain broke already. It has been operating for about 6 months and these chains are are extremely large. It doesn't have me convinced. It will be fun to find out what really happened.

 

Well previously in this thread there were unconfirmed reports that there were computer problems, maybe related maybe not. Yeah I am interested to find out what really happened too.

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It doesn't seem right that a chain broke already. It has been operating for about 6 months and these chains are are extremely large. It doesn't have me convinced. It will be fun to find out what really happened.

Maybe a disgruntled office worker came over and sabotaged the chain...haha. I doubt it but that would be kind of sick.

 

Well previously in this thread there were unconfirmed reports that there were computer problems, maybe related maybe not. Yeah I am interested to find out what really happened too.
Those weren't "unconfirmed reports" that was just a random uneducated guess. It is definitely not a control/software issue and almost certainly not an electrical issue of any kind, and that isn't a guess.
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It doesn't seem right that a chain broke already. It has been operating for about 6 months and these chains are are extremely large. It doesn't have me convinced. It will be fun to find out what really happened.

Maybe a disgruntled office worker came over and sabotaged the chain...haha. I doubt it but that would be kind of sick.

 

Well previously in this thread there were unconfirmed reports that there were computer problems, maybe related maybe not. Yeah I am interested to find out what really happened too.
Those weren't "unconfirmed reports" that was just a random uneducated guess. It is definitely not a control/software issue and almost certainly not an electrical issue of any kind, and that isn't a guess.

 

But how do you know? Nothing has been confirmed yet.

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If it was a software issue, then the person(s) responsible for GS's software would have fixed it already. Those kind of problems are not the kind of thing to take a long time. The park could easily contact the people responsible for the control software and the issue would have been quick to resolve the issue. Also if it were any common or electrical part then that would be something the park would either have on hand or be able to get quickly. The fact that it's been down for so long all but confirms it's the chain.

 

I don't want to quote someone who doesn't want to be quoted, please read between the lines

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It doesn't seem right that a chain broke already. It has been operating for about 6 months and these chains are are extremely large. It doesn't have me convinced. It will be fun to find out what really happened.

Maybe a disgruntled office worker came over and sabotaged the chain...haha. I doubt it but that would be kind of sick.

 

Well previously in this thread there were unconfirmed reports that there were computer problems, maybe related maybe not. Yeah I am interested to find out what really happened too.
Those weren't "unconfirmed reports" that was just a random uneducated guess. It is definitely not a control/software issue and almost certainly not an electrical issue of any kind, and that isn't a guess.

 

Thanks for sticking up for us!! I love how it's always the poor PLC and us controls guys that always take the blame for any downtime . In this case, we have not been contacted by the park in regards to the ride so it's safe to say it isn't a controls issue.

 

You guys are also killing me with computer problems. That's almost as bad as my hated "computer glitch". PLCs having an actual internal failure are extremely rare, although easy to fix. Replace PLC, download code, reset block logic, and you're ready to go in the once every 10-20 years you might have to do that for a ride.

 

Ride shutdowns if caused by the computer are almost always intentional decisions made by the PLC as programmed responses to a piece of equipment not reacting the way it is expected or a tolerance exceeded that is deemed unacceptable. It's actually really important for us to try to get across to people that a ride shutting down is the system choosing the safest response to a detected fault.

 

Heck, our systems won't let the ride run in the case of a detected failed part, yet cars won't stop you from trying to do 70 mph on a busy highway with both the check engine and low oil lights on. Something to think about.

 

-Brian

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Did you know that Gold Striker's original plans in 2009 had a different layout? The pre-lift was different, and the third-to-last turn before the brakes didn't extend out as far. Also, many of the crossovers are not the same, assuming the unusual low-quality rendering is accurate.

 

http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=57569

 

 

Detailed list of differences-I will refer to the old plans as GS09 and the real one as GS13-

 

-GS09 has a pre-lift that twists under itself.

-If GS09's rendering is correct, the first drop curves sooner and is tighter, and so is the s-bend

-GS09 is twistier after the first turnaround

-GS09 exits its second turnaround crossing over the turnaround's entrance

-GS09 has a large, curving hill after the second turnaround that crosses the first turnaround. GS13 goes under itself at this part, with some smaller bunny hills.

-GS09 exits the third turnaround dropping through the pre-lift turn and makes a straight shot to the 4th turnaround. GS13 curves around its pre-lift, which is much different.

-GS09 has one long brake run. GS13 has 2 shorter sets before its turn into the station.

-GS09 seems a bit more drawn-out than GS13

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Was at the park on Wednesday afternoon and tonight, no sign of activity at all on or around Gold Striker. The ride now has this themed closed for business sign:

 

closed.thumb.jpg.988bc43a47ae11611dc8ef9c6c6800ed.jpgEven with the ride closed "Fun TV" continues to loop endlessly in the queue line! LOL.

 

I asked around a bit, to see if any one knew what was up with the ride and when it might be re-opened but nobody knew anything. The best I got was from someone at guest services who said there was "a major problem with the ride, but they don't tell us any more than that".

 

I'm not convinced by the broken chain theory - the ride has had a lot of sporadic downtime before its extended closure, which isn't indicative of a suddenly broken chain. Still, who knows, could be anything!

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Was at the park on Wednesday afternoon and tonight, no sign of activity at all on or around Gold Striker. The ride now has this themed closed for business sign:

 

[attachment=0]closed.jpg[/attachment]Even with the ride closed "Fun TV" continues to loop endlessly in the queue line! LOL.

 

I asked around a bit, to see if any one knew what was up with the ride and when it might be re-opened but nobody knew anything. The best I got was from someone at guest services who said there was "a major problem with the ride, but they don't tell us any more than that".

 

I'm not convinced by the broken chain theory - the ride has had a lot of sporadic downtime before its extended closure, which isn't indicative of a suddenly broken chain. Still, who knows, could be anything!

 

The fact that you saw no one working makes me agree that they are waiting on a part, though it could be anything. While it's a bummer the ride is down, as long as it reopens with the same wild ride, I'll be content.

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I hope they don't neuter the ride by adding trim brakes. I wonder why no one knows anything, seems pretty strange. Was the failure bad enough that it might scare riders away from it? That's the only reason I can think of as to why they don't say anything. Has anyone checked with the Dippin Dots guy? they know everything.

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I hope they don't neuter the ride by adding trim brakes. I wonder why no one knows anything, seems pretty strange. Was the failure bad enough that it might scare riders away from it? That's the only reason I can think of as to why they don't say anything. Has anyone checked with the Dippin Dots guy? they know everything.

 

 

Really, trim brakes? What makes you think they would do that? There is no reason to put trims on this ride and besides that I really don't think you could easily as it's so twisty.

 

I think it's pretty safe to say this ride will never have trim brakes.

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I hope they don't neuter the ride by adding trim brakes. I wonder why no one knows anything, seems pretty strange. Was the failure bad enough that it might scare riders away from it? That's the only reason I can think of as to why they don't say anything. Has anyone checked with the Dippin Dots guy? they know everything.

 

 

Really, trim brakes? What makes you think they would do that? There is no reason to put trims on this ride and besides that I really don't think you could easily as it's so twisty.

 

I think it's pretty safe to say this ride will never have trim brakes.

Not that I think that they will, but I think what he's saying is perhaps the reason the ride is down is because the high speeds have made the track, trains, or their parts wear prematurely and trim brakes would solve that hypothetical problem. I don't believe this is the case, especially as I'm guessing IOE would be involved in that installation if it were. I also agree that would completely ruin the ride. It would take it from being the best woodie I've ever ridden to a completely bland woodie that I wouldn't care about, but I dont for a second believe that's happening.
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^ I doubt that it is the train wearing prematurely, but I decided to throw the idea out there to see what others think. It seems that Cedar Fair likes to trim roller coaster for some reason (Magnum, Mean Streak at CP, Thunderhawk at Dorney, Wild Thing, High Roller at Valleyfair etc.). I still find it hard to believe the chain broke.

 

Also, has anyone heard rumors about 2015?

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