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P. 771: Onsite employee housing under construction at Dollywood

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Does Wild Eagle only have room for one train in transfer? That's very strange for a B&M.

 

Probably accounted for it never having a line ever

 

My point is that most B&M's transfer all trains off each night. So since Wild Eagle has 2 trains that would generally mean it wold have 2 transfer tracks. Some rides (like a lot of Arrow coasters) transfer all trains off but one and one just stays on the track but B&M's don't usually do that so I found it odd.

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Lightning Rod is still closed...I'm told that replacement parts are done on 1 train, but not he 2nd train...hearing conflicting reports as to if they even received the parts for the 2nd train. There is a train parked at the bottom of the launch hill...no visible work going on, but I can't see 2nd train.

 

Will check back in a bit.

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So here's the latest update I got from the employees outside of Lightning Rod… It will not be open today. Bummer. But he says they have one train ready and hoping to have that one running tomorrow (SATURDAY) while they fix the second train.

 

They also confirmed that the recalled parts are the only issue right now… So once they get those parts replaced, it will be good to go.

 

There is definitely more crew working on it today than any other day this week...so it looks promising!

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Also, FWIW, there were quite a few ride operators in uniform ready to operate it if they opened today, so they were definitely optimistic of it opening.

 

Also, the crowd was crazy low today...pretty much every ride was a walk-on. About the only wait was mystery mine because they were loading/unloading 1 car at a time. Great day to be at Dollywood!

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#itllopen

 

Seriously though it's awesome to see they're finally getting LR into shape to be operable consistently. After the plague of problems and media bs, now they can finally get the finishing touches done and get this badass ride open!

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Also, FWIW, there were quite a few ride operators in uniform ready to operate it if they opened today, so they were definitely optimistic of it opening.

That could mean something, but they were also on hand in uniform two weekends before its "grand" opening (right after the flood). They were rotating them around different rides. But in this instance hopefully it means they're on standby in case it opens earlier than expected.

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Does Wild Eagle only have room for one train in transfer? That's very strange for a B&M.

 

Almost all the wing coasters only have one transfer track. Gatekeeper has more than one, but I believe during daily operation, CP leaves one train sitting in the station and the other on the brake-run. I remember seeing someone post that awhile back. The only thing I can think of is B&M uses a harder polyurethane wheel on the wing riders which allows them to sit on the track for long periods of time.

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