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Re: Ramesis Revenge program

Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:41 pm

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^^  I second that.

Talocan @ Phantasialand anyone?  ;)

No, if they're going to get anything like Talocan they better not put it in chessington, because i never go there ;)

Send Ripsaw to Chessie and get a Talocan at AT ;) Would probably fit in quite well :P
 
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Re: Ramesis Revenge Incident

Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:46 pm

It will be gone, or at least have a major refurb (ie replace everything)

I don't really follow Chesington, but does this ride experience a lot of problems? I know its quite old.
 
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Re: Ramesis Revenge Incident

Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:52 pm

Slow news day, was it?
 
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Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:31 pm

This ride seems to break down all the time, often with riders stuck (usually not for long though).

It doesn't take up a massive amount of space but surely they must be considering a replacement given its age, reliability and being a bit out of place at a family park.

Big question is what you'd put in place.
 
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Re: Ramesis Revenge Incident

Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:47 pm

Just send them ripsaw...

and give AT Talocan ;)
 
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Re: Ramesis Revenge program

Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:06 pm

^^ No chessie need some love!  :lol:
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Re: Ramesis Revenge Incident

Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:12 pm

Classic Huss top spin problems. These rides (Ripsaw included) were never meant to run with constant water jets being shot at them. I'm guessing the E-vac system didn't kick in and it just froze instead.

On a wider note it does seem a little concerning as to how many complaints about general shoddiness and maintenance issues seem to be coming out about Merlin's parks right now.... Hopefully it's just coincidence.
 
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Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:30 pm

It is a bit worrying, normally there is a manual release to get the ride down and release the guests - obviously a more serious problem if they had to be cut out.
 
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Re: Ramesis Revenge program

Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:51 pm

Meh. I think Merlin are doing the right thing and taking Chessie family orientated and Thorpe less so.
Keeps both groups happy :)
 
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Re: Ramesis Revenge Incident

Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:16 pm

Both Sky and BBC are reporting the ride will re-open tomorrow, now unless HUSS have just dropped off a new set of restraints and they have fixed whatever caused the ride to malfunction and they manage to do a full test, I doubt we will see this ride back in operation any time in the next month.

-Merlin will want a full investigation
-I'm sure Huss will also want to know why guests had to be cut out of one of their rides and the fact that other Top Spin owners around the world will be wondering if it could happen to their ride.
-Their public liability insurers will want an input as this could result in insurance claims and possible other claims
-The HSE will want a full investigation
-LFB will also want to investigate as to why the park had to call them in and I am sure Chessington will get the bill for their time and services too.
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Re: Ramesis Revenge Incident

Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:19 pm

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This ride seems to break down all the time, often with riders stuck (usually not for long though).

It doesn't take up a massive amount of space but surely they must be considering a replacement given its age, reliability and being a bit out of place at a family park.

Big question is what you'd put in place.


But the ride is actually surprisingly popular, chessington need at least one ride to keep young thrill seekers, or older people like teenagers and adults that go there, as i'm 19 and still enjoy going there, it's the only ride that goes upside down there... I would struggle to think what else would fit or be appropriate there.

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Just send them ripsaw...

and give AT Talocan ;)


I'm not sure whether you're being serious or not, as good as that sounds, but ripsaw isn't exactly in good condition  either, that won't be around for much longer so pointless moving it...

I would personally like to see rameses revenge be replaced by one of these... and if alton can't think of anything else to replace ripsaw, then add another one as well (bulk discount) ;)
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Re: Rameses' Revenge Incident

Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:36 pm

There's very little chance Rammy will be back open soon - could possibly be a long-term closure for investigations and maybe ride refurbishment.

OR alternatively Merlin, close the ride and bring in a short-term plan to replace the ride! :) Opening 2014?
 
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Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:51 pm

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There's very little chance Rammy will be back open soon - could possibly be a long-term closure for investigations and maybe ride refurbishment.

OR alternatively Merlin, close the ride and bring in a short-term plan to replace the ride! :) Opening 2014?


With the amount of money chessington get to spend, say goodbye to Runaway Train refurb, and Dragon Falls retheme for next year...
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Re: Rameses' Revenge Incident

Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:56 am

DeanGaryCox wrote:
altontowerskid wrote:
There's very little chance Rammy will be back open soon - could possibly be a long-term closure for investigations and maybe ride refurbishment.

OR alternatively Merlin, close the ride and bring in a short-term plan to replace the ride! :) Opening 2014?


With the amount of money chessington get to spend, say goodbye to Runaway Train refurb, and Dragon Falls retheme for next year...


What are you talking about? Chessington are currently undergoing a £5 million pound ride referbishment  plan. Runaway mine train is likely to be closed all season & Dragon falls will have it's theming replaced during the winter shut down.
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Re: Rameses' Revenge Incident

Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:26 am

This just makes me laugh:

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/40-people-stuc ... =1#DCo5zqx

When they interview some of the girls that were on the ride, it just makes me want to bang my head. I hate the youth of today, "I was like Oh My God!"
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Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:30 am

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When they interview some of the girls that were on the ride, it just makes me want to bang my head. I hate the youth of today, "I was like Oh My God!"


Let them have their 5mins of fame! :)

IMO it is clear that ride maintenance, although in line with all laws and regulations by ride manufactures, is clearly below par. At the end of the day, I know Merlin must make growing profits year on year, but ride maintenance is essential for continued success - something that if they neglect, serious problems could occur.
 
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Rameses' Revenge Incident

Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:57 am

Wedjie wrote:
It is a bit worrying, normally there is a manual release to get the ride down and release the guests - obviously a more serious problem if they had to be cut out.


The info is very sketchy - and some of it is plain wrong/ Merlin are not being upfront as usual.

According to some sources the ride came to a controlled stop and was expected to re-open today. Well that's not true.

It seems like failsafes DID bring the ride to a safe stop - but the electrics failed preventing a release. Don't these have a completely manual emergency release mechanism though? Or was this not an option either because nobody could get to them?

The Fire and Rescue service do an amazing job - but they really love using their toys!
 
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Re: Rameses' Revenge Incident

Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:14 pm

Rob-TT wrote:
DeanGaryCox wrote:
altontowerskid wrote:
There's very little chance Rammy will be back open soon - could possibly be a long-term closure for investigations and maybe ride refurbishment.

OR alternatively Merlin, close the ride and bring in a short-term plan to replace the ride! :) Opening 2014?


With the amount of money chessington get to spend, say goodbye to Runaway Train refurb, and Dragon Falls retheme for next year...


What are you talking about? Chessington are currently undergoing a £5 million pound ride referbishment  plan. Runaway mine train is likely to be closed all season & Dragon falls will have it's theming replaced during the winter shut down.


In the sense they may have to replace Rameses Revenge... where is that money going to come from, considering the £5million refurbishment is already planned out; and surprised to see they're actually getting some well needed investment.
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Re: Rameses' Revenge Incident

Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:05 pm

Oh my goodness, they actually used the jaws of life on it and cut through it!! - painful to watch :cry:

I hope it doesn't go, that whole area is very well themed but I think rides are like cars - if it gets too expensive to fix they just ditch it and get something newer.
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Re: Rameses' Revenge Incident

Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:27 pm

Ouch! Is there footage of it now? Such a shame if this is it for Rameses Revenge.

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