Also, a wiring problem with the cooling fans on the Silver Queen's engine caused the delays a few weeks ago. Timberline fixed that problem.
This extra uphill capacity should make for a nice MLK weekend.
[This message has been edited by johnfmh (edited 01-05-2004).]
As far as anticipated load goes, just wait until the Skiing Santas come to town...
The overall load is not a simple thing: you have several vectored forces on all of the components. An empty lift is in close to balance as far as going around the entire run - there's the same weight in cable and chairs going up as coming down. But when you load it up, all this changes in a complex way. The chairs themselves are likely of little consequence. I would be FAR more concerned about the design of the bull wheels, guide wheels, lift tower arms, traction wheel, drive motor and counter balance (the thing that takes up the slack when the lift suddenly stops.) If ANY of these cannot handle the significant load increase, the results could be very, very bad indeed.
I sure hope that someone has done the math on all these components. (And I sincerely hope they were using torque wrenches when they were hanging those chairs....) The costs to the whole ski scene in the mid atlantic could be very large.
They wanted to troubleshoot any new problems this season and double-check safety.
In fact, I trust Timberline got the job done properly because they simply don't have the bucks to throw away on a litigation.