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by Hmv
Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:21 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Alton Towers Live 2014: Speculation
Replies: 36
Views: 9928

Re: Alton Towers Live 2014: Speculation

Doesn't look like there will be a 2014 live, just seen a comment on the FB page where someone asked about it. Towers replied saying they had no concerts planned for 2014, very strange seeing as it had seemed to have been "confirmed" last year!!  :?
by Hmv
Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:16 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Power Cut
Replies: 3
Views: 1079

Re: Power Cut

There was a small power cut for about 20 mins on the forbidden valley side of the park.
by Hmv
Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers Praise
Replies: 35
Views: 6504

Re: Alton Towers Praise

On previous visits I haven't really took note of the staff and there friendliness, but when I went last week, it seemed like every single member of staff I encountered had a smile on their face and genuinely enjoyed there job. They didn't look sour faced and like they'd rather be anywhere than work...
by Hmv
Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:41 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Broken Theming Database
Replies: 15
Views: 2979

Re: The Broken Theming Database

Might not be right, but last time I went, I don't think the bell on the rmt was working. Not sure, but I don't think it was The bell on RMT is actually a very tough bit of theming to get working all the time, it depends a lot on the weather and whether it has been raining because the rope can expan...
by Hmv
Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:40 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Feral cats
Replies: 26
Views: 3766

Re: Feral cats

The cats are indeed feral, IMO the staff and certainly myself just leave them to roam neither encouraging or discouraging them.
by Hmv
Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:47 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime 2013
Replies: 222
Views: 32696

Re: Ride Downtime 2013

Haha certainly seems like you know your stuff anyway! Makes a difference from the it's split in half again stuff!!
by Hmv
Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:02 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime 2013
Replies: 222
Views: 32696

Re: Ride Downtime 2013

Out of interest I'm guessing you have worked on it too??
by Hmv
Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:46 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime 2013
Replies: 222
Views: 32696

Re: Ride Downtime 2013

Yeh clearly, but think we're deffinetly both in agreement that it certainly didn't break into two halfs!!!  8)
by Hmv
Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:36 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime 2013
Replies: 222
Views: 32696

Re: Ride Downtime 2013

RMT needs splitting for certain mechanical work to take place and it certainly wouldn't stall as that is impossible with this ride (I know because I have worked on it before anyone says). Umm... actually it can stall. If there was a power cut or one of the motors failed then the train would lose mo...
by Hmv
Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:49 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime 2013
Replies: 222
Views: 32696

Re: Ride Downtime 2013

RMT needs splitting for certain mechanical work to take place and it certainly wouldn't stall as that is impossible with this ride (I know because I have worked on it before anyone says). If it had split in half due to a Brocken bolt it would still be together due to the fact it has a tie bar and an...
by Hmv
Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:20 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime 2013
Replies: 222
Views: 32696

Re: Ride Downtime 2013

The block system on air slows the craft at the beginning of the lift hill but also as a last resort if a craft hasn't cleared the brakes it can stop the next craft for a short time at the top of the lift hill. Occasionally the lift may stop for reasons such as e-stops, lift stops or technical probl...
by Hmv
Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:01 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: I'm getting worried about Air
Replies: 35
Views: 5515

Re: I'm getting worried about Air

Banging and shaking is normal for the lift stopping on any ride, you have to remember its ten tons of metal plus the weight of the people rolling back onto a couple of pieces of metal. As for it stopping aslong as it did I'm very sceptical as if it had stopped for this long the ride team wouldn't br...
by Hmv
Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime 2013
Replies: 222
Views: 32696

Re: Ride Downtime 2013

The block system on air slows the craft at the beginning of the lift hill but also as a last resort if a craft hasn't cleared the brakes it can stop the next craft for a short time at the top of the lift hill. Occasionally the lift may stop for reasons such as e-stops, lift stops or technical proble...
by Hmv
Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:16 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: 2013 Season - General Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 40581

Re: 2013 Season - General Discussion

This has maybe been mentioned before, but how long has there been a pheasant hanging around underneath the Thirteen holding track? Just after exiting the reverse helix when you come to a halt, if you're sitting in the last row turn around and look in the ditch below the track. I only saw the one, b...
by Hmv
Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:13 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride Downtime 2013
Replies: 222
Views: 32696

Re: Ride Downtime 2013

Spent a day and a half at AT just there and for the first time in my life I didn't see a speck of downtime. All rides from my perspective were behaving excellently! Was thinking this today over the last couple of days the rides have all behaved!! Knowing me I've jinxed it now though, cue hectic/ins...
by Hmv
Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:12 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Gate house entrance
Replies: 18
Views: 3542

Re: Towers back entrance

It's just one of the many entrances to AT that hasn't been used for years! As I'm sure you know the resort has a massive internal road system so it just links into that!  :)
by Hmv
Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:09 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: 2013 Season - General Discussion
Replies: 153
Views: 40581

Re: 2013 Season - General Discussion

We're getting an average of around 25'000 a day at the moment, so really busy!!
by Hmv
Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:07 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Duel 2013
Replies: 32
Views: 5171

Re: Duel 2013

The sign isn't automatic, you actually have to tell a member of staff if you beat the high score so that they can change it. It is a good idea though.
by Hmv
Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:04 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Ride op costumes
Replies: 11
Views: 3013

Re: Ride op costumes

I think themed uniforms are something that are slowly been introduced to the park by doing the new rides first! You are correct it is only the smiler and NST that have them ATM. But they are something that will stay and won't just be a first season thing. As for the other rides Im unsure on whether ...
by Hmv
Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: I'm getting worried about Air
Replies: 35
Views: 5515

Re: I'm getting worried about Air

The frequency of breakdowns in my opinion is actually better this year than last. Last year it seemed to go down a lot more but for short times whilst this year it's going down less but for longer.
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