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We are closed, but we’re still busy

March 17, 2010

If you think the winter months at Busch Gardens are quiet, you should ask our Design and Engineering team. Every winter the department’s maintenance team takes apart all of our rides (yes, even the roller coasters) to perform maintenance. It’s a tedious process where we check everything from small screws and bolts on the kiddie swings to the harnesses on Alpengeist.

Over the winter, I spent some time at Griffon with the maintenance team. Just like your car, our trains require a lot of maintenance to keep them running safely every day. One of the biggest differences between one of the Griffon trains and your personal car is that the train weighs approximately nine tons and has travelled more than 91 thousand miles since opening in May 2007.

We also completed NDT (non-destructive testing) on the Griffon trains, which enables the team to take a closer look at the components and ensure they are still in good working order.

Not only is it important to inspect the coaster trains, but we also take a proactive approach for the maintenance of the coaster track. Inspections occur daily during normal operation, and a comprehensive inspection is completed every 90 days. Maintenance team members actually put on harnesses and inspect every foot of the track – yes, they even climb down the 205 foot drop. Finally, before we can start up the ride, we complete an ultrasound of the lift chain to look for any signs of wear and tear and ensure the ride is ready for operation when we open for Pass Member Preview Day, March 20.

Hopefully this information helps you understand what we do to be one of the safest parks in the world. We look forward to seeing you on opening day.

Rob McNicholas
Park Operations Manager at Busch Gardens

One Comment leave one →
  1. Lucy Messick permalink
    March 24, 2010 8:41 pm

    That is really cool! I didn’t realize you took them all apart- thanks for keeping us safe! We love Busch Gardens and all the coasters!

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