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Poison Tom 96

The future of Slammer

Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:09 am

last time i went to Thorpe slammer had chalk marks on the welds like BH did before it shut down. after i rode Slammer for the second time it had to close and the staff checked these marks. what is going on?
 
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Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:12 am

Every weld/join is a weakness in the overall structure they are should be checked reguarly to make sure basically that it isn't falling apart, they are more than likely pinpointing weak welds that they will re-weld or re-join during maintenance.
 
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Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:27 am

Slammer is a crap ride, always has been.

The technical failures increase every season. When it comes back down, it really lands with a THUD that it never used to. It's really quite painful. Most times I go on it these days, it false starts.

I doubt it has many seasons left.
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Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:29 am

It just doesn't like you Sam :lol:
 
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Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:21 am

I actually live really close to Thorpe and believe that Slammer is the 3rd best Flat there, although it is true it is showing age when it really shouldn't be.

but on the bright side i went for a stroll down monks walk with my other half to watch a bit of Swarm construction, and the whole of the top of slammer's towers had been removed, which has never been done before during winter maintenance (I'm down there every winter, and was even on the seasonal maintenance team during 2005/06), so at least they are doing something to it. Hopefully it will be back to its former glory for 2012 8)
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Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:23 am

I quite like the ride, I find it really suite terrifying. Shockingly unreliable, though.

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Poison Tom 96

Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:32 am

.Will wrote:
Every weld/join is a weakness in the overall structure they are should be checked reguarly to make sure basically that it isn't falling apart, they are more than likely pinpointing weak welds that they will re-weld or re-join during maintenance.


it was shutting every hour or two for the check, that ain't normal

it was May last time i went
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Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:42 am

Poison Tom 96 wrote:
.Will wrote:
Every weld/join is a weakness in the overall structure they are should be checked reguarly to make sure basically that it isn't falling apart, they are more than likely pinpointing weak welds that they will re-weld or re-join during maintenance.


it was shutting every hour or two for the check, that ain't normal

it was May last time i went


I went in September and it was down completely, so whatever is happening to it this winter is going to be a pretty major overhaul (refer to my last post)
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Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:00 pm

I've only been on Slammer once since it opened because the ride has either been broken down or i was too scared to go on it,however I will say that it is my 3rd favourite flat (samurai and rush coming 2nd and 1st) and provides a great amount of thrill.

also does anyone know how good the realiabilty is on catapult at Six Flags New England? I just wanna compare it to Slammer's.
 
Poison Tom 96

Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:06 pm

SpinballEdders wrote:
I've only been on Slammer once since it opened because the ride has either been broken down or i was too scared to go on it,however I will say that it is my 3rd favourite flat (samurai and rush coming 2nd and 1st) and provides a great amount of thrill.

also does anyone know how good the realiabilty is on catapult at Six Flags New England? I just wanna compare it to Slammer's.


probably very similar. how well does SFNE look after rides?
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Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:28 pm

Poor old Slammer..

Its a classic case of be careful what you wish for. Go back to the year or two before it opened and enthusiasts were crying out for an S&S Sky Swat there was plenty of call for one. It doesnt matter how good a ride is when it has so much down time like the early years of Samurai at Thorpe how people would berate it. Now there are a whole host of Samurai fan boys out there (Why I dont know) its very average anyway back on point..

I like Slammer its very unique and I have never had a problem with it when it has been operating always found it comfortable, fairly thrilling, excellent visuals / views and fun . Sad to say though if it does keep having so many problems it should go no sense in keep throwing money at it if all it does is cost you more. Problem is where do you get a ride that creates just as much visual impact and is as unique....

A Huss Jump 2 many people scream for and sure I'd love to have one but I go back to my original point
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Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:19 pm

I have honestly never seen the point in the criticism that Slammer has received from the enthusiast community. Yes, it is shockingly unreliable, but as the ride experience goes, I find it brilliant fun. You can't beat being thrown head of heels in that highly unique restraint system. I do however think that the concept is dead. I highly doubt that S&S will receive any more orders for this type of ride due to its highly unreliable nature. Their Screamin' Swing concept has succeeded, however.
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Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:27 pm

I have to agree. As I don't like many flat rides for various reasons, Slammer is one I adore. It's a great experience & hopefully it's sorted for next season. Let's not forget that it's Thorpe who have shocking maintenance & still cannot fix many of their rides after years of them being installed. It is a VERY complex system probably thee most complex of any flat ride in the UK so it's bound to have issues sadly. Couple that with Thorpe's awful maintenance and you get one downed ride.  :(
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Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:35 pm

I have never been on it and probably will never go on it, so for the intimidation factor it's unrivalled at Thorpe and aside from Oblivion in the UK. But given S&S have discontinued the ride type and that it is plagued by down time I'll give it less than 5 years before Thorpe call it quits.
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Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:50 am

I have only been on Slammer once and thought it was awesome.  To be fair, Thorpes selection of flats is all pretty good!

It would be a shame to see it go, but like many have mentioned Thorpes maintenance is shocking!
 
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Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:49 pm

I don't enjoy Slammer, it's illegitimately painful, and the reliability is shocking. I agree with those who say it has not much longer left in the park.

To think, it must cost mass amounts to keep the ride running, and for what? 
 
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Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Fri Dec 23, 2011 7:28 pm

Chav nation speaks for itself;

'Let's go on dat well sick spinnin' one, innit mert?'
'K. Dat looks well bad dunnit?'
'Yeah. Brrrapp braap'.

So long as it continues to have such long queue times, Thorpe won't see the point in removing such an attraction. Same with Samauri. It is just diabolical, yet it won't leave in the foseeable future :D
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Poison Tom 96

Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:09 pm

I like slammer :(
 
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Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Sat Dec 24, 2011 2:15 pm

Slammer doesn't seem too popular with the public from what I've seen.  It usually has one of the shortest queues in the park despite the throughput being pretty rubbish.  I've hardly ever seen the extended queue open, even when the park is extremely busy.
 
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Re: Slammer falling to pieces?

Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:41 pm

I do not think that Thorpe Park will get rid of this ride anytime soon.

As it is the only one still standing in the world, correct me if I am wrong.

I am even more supprised that the park does not market it as a Worlds Only Sky Swat, and could even go as to say that there will not ever be another one built again any where in the world.

Worlds Exclusive now the only other one at Six Flags New Orleans is not operating and will most likely never work again.

I would also not be supprised if many fans of this ride type come from all around the world to ride the only one.

The ride is one of the most extreme thrill rides in the world which with the park being Thrill Park nation is great.

I also like the ride but can only ride it once each visit as it gives me headaches which I think are because of the high G Forces the ride gives you.

Does anyone else get headaches on this ride.

So because of the above stated reasons I do not think the ride will go anytime soon.

If it was replaced how ever at some point I think a Huss Jump 2 or Zierer Star Shape would be a good replacement.

What do all you think would be a ideal replacement.

Or a rollercoaster replacement for X:\ No Way Out taking up the space where Slammer was.
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