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by Guitar
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 475
Views: 56822

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

On both of Alton Towers recent coaster construction projects Th13teen and The Smiler we have seen noise reducing technologies utilised on the lift hills. Th13teen using kicker wheels instead of a traditional chain drive and The Smiler using a magnetic anti roll back system as opposed to the standar...
by Guitar
Sat May 27, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 475
Views: 56822

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Theme Park Worldwide video update from 2 days ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Atsl9pqMnhA
by Guitar
Mon May 22, 2017 3:12 am
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 475
Views: 56822

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Is that definitely wooden track framwork being installed in the station? From the photo's it doesn't look very accurately cut wood, almost like its a temporary wooden support for something else.
by Guitar
Tue May 09, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 475
Views: 56822

Re: SW8 - Your help needed!

Does anyone know if the park has a timelapse camera installed anywhere to watch it go vertical? If not, is there any interest in seeing a timelapse of the build? I was going to write to the park and ask, but I guess it would carry more weight coming from these forums, if the interest is there of cou...
by Guitar
Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:33 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and Discussion
Replies: 4495
Views: 433423

Re: SW8

Does anyone know a rough timescale for the build? I know when it's due to open, I mean what are we likely to see and when. Obviously they will clear the site first. Then start adding concrete footers? When does the electricity supply get added for instance? Does that go in quite early and then the r...
by Guitar
Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and Discussion
Replies: 4495
Views: 433423

Re: SW8

SW8 budget cuts, new ride layout. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=7f4_1480622396" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; [Edit] This post is a joke and not constructive or adding to the discussion but thought I'd share regardless. I particularly like the low greenhouse emission lift hill, is ...
by Guitar
Sun Oct 16, 2016 11:33 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: 2017: New Attractions
Replies: 115
Views: 18129

Re: 2017: New Attractions

Any news on whether Hex, Nemesis Sub Terra, and the others will be back next year? [obviously not the flume].
by Guitar
Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:55 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 305554

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Clearly the trains on smiler do not weigh 30 tons.
by Guitar
Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:03 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 305554

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

"Prosecuting, Bernard Thorogood told the court that the passengers on the £18 million ride watched with “disbelief and horror” as they realised they were going to collide with an empty carriage. He said the kinetic energy involved in the crash on June 2 2015 was equivalent to “a family car of ...
by Guitar
Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:28 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 305554

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Always thought before the crash that there was a staff member or two on the smiler entrance, and you could see the batwing from the shop. I know members of the GP told staff the ride had stopped, but how not one single staff member didn't notice and inform the engineers is beyond me. The operators ...
by Guitar
Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:20 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 305554

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

90 mp/h? Smiler has a top speed of ~85 km/h, or ~52mp/h. according to wikipedia the Smiler crash occured at ~20 mp/h. There's no way this was a 90mp/h crash, just watch the video. It wasn't said that the crash occurred at 90mph. It was said however that the forces involved in the crash were equival...
by Guitar
Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:06 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 305554

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

I have spent hours thinking how the computer system can control all those cars on one track, it is very complicated stuff and Alton Towers put all those lives in the hands of a computer and ride operatives. Block section working for a single track is actually about as simple as it gets. You split t...
by Guitar
Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:56 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 305554

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

90 mp/h? Smiler has a top speed of ~85 km/h, or ~52mp/h. according to wikipedia the Smiler crash occured at ~20 mp/h.

There's no way this was a 90mp/h crash, just watch the video.
by Guitar
Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:57 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 305554

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

There is no need for crumple zones on rollercoaster trains - as unlike motorways / any other road - the track is controlled by a complex computer system. In fact, normally 3 computer systems - 2 separate ones each running different codes & switches and then a third one checking that the two sys...
by Guitar
Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:10 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15
Replies: 2534
Views: 305554

Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

I have to say, it seems bizarre to me that 2 cars coming together can cause such damage to the occupants of the ride. Shouldn't there be an overghang or crumple zone or something? Like in a car, you have the passenger cage within which everything is designed to protect the occupants, and outside tha...
by Guitar
Sun Jun 26, 2016 6:38 pm
Forum: European Parks and Attractions
Topic: M&D's
Replies: 74
Views: 7522

Re: M&D's

Daily Record sports journalist Euan McLean witnessed the accident while standing in the queue with his daughter Macy, nine. The pair had been on the Tsunami ride three times already. Euan said:”it was terrible to see. “I’m still really shaken up by it. “There are two carriages which each hold 10 peo...
by Guitar
Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:43 pm
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Derren Brown's Ghost Train
Replies: 4801
Views: 484274

Re: Derren Brown's Ghost Train - New for 2016

Any word on whether Derren ok'd the ride. I'm assuming he has as the twitter response changed after his visit.
by Guitar
Tue Jun 14, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and Discussion
Replies: 4495
Views: 433423

Re: SW8

Launching up a slope would be very power intensive as you're adding gravity into the mix, albeit to a greater or lesser degree dependant on the angle. The inertia on a heavy object like a ride car would be huge, which is why launches are generally done on a flat to minimise the power needs. Which w...
by Guitar
Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:05 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and Discussion
Replies: 4495
Views: 433423

Re: SW8

Height generally equals speed for coasters, but being launched means it could still be a thriller. The shallow lift hill might be bacuse of the power supply issues AT has. I haven't looked into LIM's but my basic knowledge of physics tells me that a shallow lift hill requires less current than a ste...
by Guitar
Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:36 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and Discussion
Replies: 4495
Views: 433423

Re: SW8

Has he released the files so this can be viewed in No Limits itself?