2020: General Discussion

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Danny, 20th Nov 2019.

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  1. Alsty

    Alsty TowersStreet Member

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    John Wardley explains it in this video as a reverse dog (opposite of the one that pulls you up the lift), with a clutch that releases.
     
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    Slightly off topic as a whole, but relevant to the video...

    Oblivion is one of the very few (2?) dive coasters that actually transports you around the top rather than has a slight slope to let gravity do its thing. I cant work out from that video how it actually does it, does anyone know?


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    There is a chain on the bend at the top that engages with the shuttle and carried it around. I can't find any photos that show it however you can see it when riding on the front row.
     
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    I’ve never seen that before, thank you for sharing, it was brilliant! John Wardley’s ability to deliver a perfect piece-to-camera whilst riding Enterprise is an unimaginable feat.
     
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    All that resulted in Oblivion's shuttles needing three seperate dogs. One for the lift chain, one for the sideways chain on the turnround, and one for the holding chain.
     
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    Actually at least 5, there’s 2 anti rollbacks 1 on each side of the chain.
     
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    Surely those don't count as chain dogs though?
     
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    I understand Oblivion will be slightly different but there's a video from the behind the scenes tour of Griffon which shows the configuration with 2x anti-rollback, 1 chain dog and 1 drop dog:


    The drop is also described as being pulled slowly over the edge without actually stopping, which seems different to what John Wardley described.
     
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    Even when it was new, you never actually stopped, just crawled very slowly over the edge. It did slow to a "very-nearly-almost" stop though. And most people probably have more important things on their mind at that moment than "are we moving?"
     
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    I do recall one occasion a few years ago where I waa on a shuttle which didn't hold at all. Literally just approached the edge then went over it like a normal drop. Was quite a pleasant surprise!
     
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    Has anyone measured It to find out for sure if it stops or not?...

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    You didn’t say chain dogs, :tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy:
     
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    there can be up to nine chains per shuttle if I'm riding in my finest Elizabeth Dukes
     
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    Does anyone know what the maximum queue for each of the big 7 was during 2018 and then during 2019?
     
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    The queue for 2019 out of my experience when I visited with my friends back in July was 2 hours! Can't remember how much it was in 2018 though.
     
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    That ride times page has a lot to answer for on these forums!
     
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    So I read something which said theme parks like Alton towers could use time slots to prevent queues to maintain social distancing when the parks eventually reopen. I hope this isn't true as it'd limit the amount of rides you could get on massively
     
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    I agree, instead of the GP people getting on an average of 3 rides a day, you'll be lucky to get on one o_O

    For us regular enthusiasts, the lack of re-rides will be a shock :eek:

    Oh, that's also be single riders queue out of the window
     
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