Saturday, August 26, 2017

Boulder Dash has a small collision in the station.

Boulder Dash at Lake Compounce crashes into itself at final break-run. Expect closures for a short time.

Looks like Boulder Dash may be closed for a bit until this gets sorted. Expect a one train operation once it does re-open until the damaged train gets fixed.

The link and picture found on twitter show the two trains collided right outside of the station. The first train, which isn't completely inside the station area, has another train rammed into the back of it.
Boulder Dash Roller Coaster has a Crash in the Station
Odd for the one train to be halfway sticking out of the station during this collision. Photo: @stevesnowmn

The second train appears to have quite some damage as cars are leaning forward in areas from the impact. It looks as if it hit with some speed for the train to be up in the air like that.

I'm not totally sure how this can happen as the weather was not bad in the area and a total brake failure is out of the question. Possibly something to do with adding a second train to the ride and leaving the computer in a maintenance mode? There is no one on the ride at the time so it seems it would be during a train addition or testing period.  

This is also how the Smiler accident took place two years ago. Albeit many different circumstances - maintenance mode pretty much shuts down the computers blocking system, so it doesn't know when other cars are in the correct location, leading to Boulder Dash and the Smiler cresting the lift hill and eventually hitting the car in front of them. 
It is very much an operator error.

1 comment:

  1. Update: Some more pictures!/sfneonline/