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vikkimoo
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Re: Rita - General Discussion

Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:35 pm

It used to be my favourite but after my trip in May last year it's been way demoted - it was SO rough!

Potentially daft question (as I don't know) - are there ways of making a rollercoaster smoother? how would they do that?
 
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Re: Rita - General Discussion

Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:23 pm

Could they have been just wearing new wheels in? I haven’t found it to be rough at all, but my first visit last year was at the end of June.

I think it would depend on the cause of the roughness. New and old wheels can apparently make a coaster rough. That’s easy. Wear the wheels in / change the wheels. If the cause was track deformation due to climate / temperature changes through seasons (the constant expanding and contracting of metal) or deformation due to forces applied to high load parts of the track (this is what is happening when a normally smooth coaster develops a rough patch on an intense element, cobra rolls for example are notorious.) This would be a little trickier, retracking I pressume. 

I imagine there are a thousand other possible causes. 
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Re: Rita - General Discussion

Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:24 am

After my first few visits to towers, I enjoyed the thrill of Rita and even decided it was my favourite at the park. This year, after not visiting for many years, I have noticed how rough it can be, and also how boring the layout is after the initial launch. But above all of that, my main hate for Rita is it's reliability. I think I have experienced over 5 breakdowns on it this year, which just seems a little ridiculous.
I think Rita is next to go. There is little that can be done to improve the experience or the reliability, so it should definitely go before any other major ride.
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