Ready_23 wrote:What would happen if people were on it would they have to evacuate them? As I dont suppose you can use the crane with people still in the train.
RCD27 wrote:I will probably cry if its not open tomorrow!
Just have to hope they were testing the same train again
mikecloud1984 wrote:It will be - All trains have made it through the whole circuit for well over a week now - there is no reason why this should be an issue with anything else but 1 train.
NecronomiconUK wrote:mikecloud1984 wrote:It will be - All trains have made it through the whole circuit for well over a week now - there is no reason why this should be an issue with anything else but 1 train.
I wouldn't be so sure. At this point we don't have a clue what's causing the problem. Maybe it's a specific train or maybe it's a intermittent issue as a result of climatic conditions, systems problems or god only knows what. If X sector is being kept open they are likely to be leaving the train where it is for a while while they investigate.
I'm at the park tomorrow and getting a lil anxious about things. If it isn't running I'll be annoyed but I'm sure we'll still have a good day regardless.
browny572 wrote:Anybody know how many test dummies they have had in the trains for testing recently? As it looks like only 6 in that photo. Hopefully they haven't become complacent and put less in... Even though I still think that it should be possible to test without any dummies!
Going on Wednesday for my 1st ride, just hope its open!
Alton Towers latest rollercoaster, The Smiler opened over a week ago. With the immense amount of positive reviews clearly outweighing the negative, The Smiler has been a massive hit to guests of the resort. It was therefore only going to be a short amount of time before fastrack was introduced for the ride.
Fastrack isn't normally introduced for a brand new ride until later on in the season, much like Thirteen when it opened in 2010. However, the sheer popularity of The Smiler [which has lead to three hour queues and the ride having to close at 8pm on some days] has seen the introduction of Fastrack for the ride.
With regards to the Fastrack, TowersTimes have approached Liz Greenwood at the Resort, who has had this to say:
"We have introduced very limited numbers of Fastracks for The Smiler to help us manage the queue line more effectively – ie, by opening the Fastrack line we can take some people out of the overflow area. We’re very much reviewing it on a daily basis to ensure we get the balance right."
At present, only a certain amount of Fastracks for The Smiler are being sold each hour, so they sell out very quickly!
In other news however, The Smiler has stalled yet again, this time for the third occasion. On both previous occasions, a train has 'valleyed' on the batwing element of the ride circuit. The last stall, which occurred last week, saw an unweighted train stop in the centre, and had to be removed by a crane. There was speculation that the lack of weight caused the train to be stopped. It was also noted that the yellow wheel covers were removed from all trains after this incident. Thankfully, The Smiler opened the next day.
Unfortunately the third time hasn't been so lucky with a ride vehicle, this time with weighted dummies as it came to a halt on the batwing. It is believed that the rides computer system caused the trim brakes on the first airtime hill to be applied unnecessarily, causing the vehicle to come to a halt. A crane is currently on site to remove the stalled vehicle, and X Sector will remain open to the guests, something which hasn't happened on the past two occasions.
Liz Greenwood went on to inform TowersTimes that Alton Towers are working closely with Gerstlauer in order to rectify the problem. We will have information regarding The Smiler opening again as soon as we get it.
Rob-TT wrote:The problem as confirmed is a computer glitch and a trim.