Thursday, April 21, 2016
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Construction of Screamroller including the "Toping Out" a tradition with almost every coaster, or large building. Usually a christmas tree is hung from the highest point as in seen in this photo.
Screamroller Panel and Operation
An interesting addendum to the story is the inclusion of not only the Screamroller Panel photo, but also identification of what each button/control does. Many of these steps and controls are no longer used in normal operation of more modern coasters, since much of the fine-detail in driving these older coasters has been mechanized with the more modern varieties.
9)Dispatch. This is an illuminated push button to release the station brakes. There are two interlocked functions involving this button. One ensures that a train comes to a complete stop before it is released and the other ensures a safe interval between trains. A train may be dispatched only when the button is lit. However, the button may be pushed at any time to adjust the position of the train to facilitate loading.
10) Release Trim Brake. This is an illuminated push button with a light indicating that the trim brake can be released. The brake can only be released after a train has been in the brake for several seconds. This prevents the release of the brake as a train approaches.
11) Set Safety Brakes. An illuminated push button allows the safety brakes to be set at any time. This may be done to test the brakes or to over-ride the automatic system and stop an incoming train. The button will be lit when power is applied to release the brakes. (add on: Safety brakes are the higher pressure version of trims, that will stop a train in an emergency)
12) Open/Close Gates (Not Original). Both Screamroller and Orient Express opened without gates, these controls were added after the fact.
13) Buzzer (Not original). This is automatic on more modern coasters. The loud buzz heard when the lift starts, used to notify anyone on the lift that it is about to re-start.
14)Zag Brake (Not original), a brake located at the base of the lift. It is unknown what exactly this break was added for, whether to line the train up to the lift itself, stop the train at the base on the lift, or some other unknown purpose. Orient Express did have this same control.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Some new flags heading up from the back lots where we parked, C & D were both completely full. Also a ton of new trees waiting to be planted.
The season pass processing line. Please process your pass before opening day!
WOF added three isolation valves to the park plumbing, and one was added here in Scandinavia. Here we have the whole area cleaned up and pretty again. Voyager also looking nice, clean pretty blue water.
One of the many themed signs from Voyager
Finnish fling with some minor repair work, and new paint job on the Scrambler cars.
Moroccan Merchant appears to have a new sign, and new themed signage.
New concrete block wall by nile, this used to be railroad ties. On the right is Nile showing one of the drive drums.
A picture is worth a thousand words, new landscaping on Depot Hill (used to be large evergreen bushes). On the right the "new" Worlds of Fun balloon/impact logo.
This is a great point to discuss the new “Park Ambassador” position that Worlds of Fun has created this season. Park Ambassadors man this new Guest Relations location but they also are found wandering the park, they can answer questions, celebrate a birthday or anniversary with a special pin, and in general help guests. Great job.
A good look at the Autobahn building, the colors are growing on me.
New yogurt sign.