Wood Coaster Rider
Posts: 218Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2006 3:26 pmLocation: Somerville, Mass
The entire park's operation was questionable, but the aging Comet was a special beast. It was pretty clear the ride had been grandfathered through some safety regulation changes. The PTC train was old and had weights bolted to the floor in some spots. Braking was done by two Big Ol' Brake Levers (one particular op used to show off by wedging himself in between the levers and stre-e-e-e-tching) and the lap bars were the aforementioned single-position buzz bars.
No computers, no fin brakes, no sensors, no nothing to keep an unlocked train from going out on the course, except basic safety procedures which were overlooked. If any members of the general public had been on that train, I'm sure a stink would've been raised and perhaps a lawsuit. Wouldn't have changed anything, tho; the park closed for good after the 2000 season.
Last edited by Spatch
on Mon Feb 27, 2006 1:12 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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