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Efteling Replacing Python.

Discussion in 'News & Rumours' started by roomraider, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. Mysterious Sue

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    They need to do something. I still haven't ridden it yet because we didn't want to stand in the three hour long queue on my last visit (went with someone with a dodgy back). We weren't the only people being put off.
     
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    So a few days ago they couldn't get the new bit of track to fit. However they seemingly were far too enthusiastic in
    sawing off part of the old track because...
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    ... now it doesn't fit because it is too short!
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    Oh dear and they were making such great progress ahead of the planned 31st March reopening.

    After some more measurements the track was set back down on the ground again and the crane folded up.


    However Efteling's social media team at least saw the funny side of it.
     
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  4. ATI

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    Great job Efteling! Now you'll have to spend even more money to get a new piece of track manufactured!
     
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    Hixee Flojector Staff Member Moderator CF Award Winner 2016

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    Efteling PR team are winning today! That made me laugh!
    This has ticked me off - and makes me feel the need to defend "the engineer" again.

    My day job involves designing buildings (granted as a mechanical engineer, but it's one big process at the end off the day), and when our projects get to site there are ALWAYS fabrication/construction issues to deal with. We see misalignment issues of this nature every day, it's a contractor's bread and butter. I'm currently working on two major 'refurbishment' projects - your eyes would water if you saw the amount of problems that actually come up on site. The number of people and interfaces required to get these kind of things are probably higher than you can count. Contractors are ready for this.

    Not to mention that if this error has come about due to incorrect survey information, design dimensions, fabrication, etc, then it's not even Efteling that will pick up the tab. There are procedures in place from the start to absorb these kind of costs.

    Just because you can make it in No Limits means next to :emoji_zipper_mouth: all in the real world.
     
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  7. CSLKennyNI

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    Despite the track not being totally finished yet they have started pull through tests using a shorter train of only 3 cars.
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    From: @The__Kevin on Twitter.

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    From: @eftel_straat

    Also from @The__Kevin's Twitter a great picture showing how cold it was in Efteling today.
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    Are they still using the same trains they were before?
     
  9. CSLKennyNI

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    Yes they are.
     
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    I hope the 3-car train is only temporary, I assume it is just for testing purposes.
     
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    No they're just gonna run it with 3 cars now for fun
     
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    I hope they are actually splitting the trains into multiple 3 car trains to take advantage of the block braking and turn a 2 hour queue into a 4 hour one!
     
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    They're not going to do a pull through with a full train, are they?!
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    I don't even know what a pull through is...
     
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    A pull through is a way to check that everything has been lined up correctly and is ready for a 'full speed' test. They set up a series of winches and pulleys and literally pull the train through the track meter-by-meter. It's often not done with a full train for convenience.

    They're checking track alignments, clearance envelopes, etc. Probably particularly important when you're integrating new and old track. Of course, in theory you account for all of this during the design/manufacture/installation, but it's always good to check! :p

    I suspect there may also be insurance/regulatory reasons for doing it, which might explain why it doesn't seem to happen on every coaster.
     
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    Doesn't Intamin often do pull throughs?
     
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    Most manufacturers perform a pull through of some kind on their coasters. As well as wheeling around a clearance envelope frame - but this is mostly for coasters with a lot of theming or interactions. Pull throughs aren't always performed, though. From memory, a lot of the time they happen is when there's been alignment issues during construction, although I could be wrong.
     
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    At 8:48 in this documentary about the construction of Taron you can see them perform a typical pull through test with a basic chassis and using pulleys to wheel it along. Although in this case the test was for the clearance envelope frame due to the theming.

     
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    ^My German is a bit rusty, but it looked as though some of the rock work was a bit too close for comfort during that pull-through test, hence why that jockey was chipping away at it with a lump hammer.
    Just goes to show how important they are, dunnit?
     
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    That's some fantastic footage showing the process, thanks for sharing @CSLKennyNI.
     
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