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“Ask RideMan” is a PointBuzz feature where Dave Althoff answers your questions about the inner workings of rides and roller coasters.

Have a question you’d like to see answered? Email Dave at rideman@davealthoff.com.

#5 — Restraints

What is the mechanism that causes the restraints on roller coaster trains to lock in place then release once the ride is over?

#4 — Evacuations

How do emergency stops and ride evacuations generally work? Why do they sometimes not evacuate a ride after there’s been a problem? Part 2 of 2.

#3 — Emergency Stops

How do emergency stops and ride evacuations generally work? Why do they sometimes not evacuate a ride after there’s been a problem? Part 1 of 2.

#2 — Seat Belts and Witches’ Wheel

Are seat belts necessary on Witches’ Wheel? What would happen to riders in the event of a power outage or emergency stop?

#1 — Magnetic Braking

Magnetic braking systems are found on rides such as Top Thrill Dragster, Maverick, and Banshee. Do these rides employ electromagnets or permanent magnets? How are trains on these rides stopped in the event of a power outage?

#0 — Welcome and an Introduction

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