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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:34 pm

Saw two people with Gerstlauer jackets watching testing today with an AT maintenance guy as well.
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:09 pm

Good sign. Unless they were shaking their heads and looking cross..
 
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:34 pm

They looked rather speechless tbh :lol
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:17 pm

Tbh is reckon they might be discussing the ride systems or something, or perhaps new trains or something. While I'm on the subject of trains, I doubt it will run on 5 trains anymore, only 4. They might not need a new one if the pieces are reused from the other 2 trains.
 
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:22 pm

I reckon they'll reopen it with 3 trains this season & add a 4th for next season DEPENDING on how popular the ride proves to be when it reopenes.
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:46 pm

I think they'll judge popularity before deciding the train situation. If queues are under an hour with 3 trains there is no need for the other two to be repaired/replaced. I guess time will tell however.
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:49 pm

Perfectly acceptable reason for.the ride running - Gerstlauer wanting to test a ride that they engineered and that has since crashed. It may be reopening and the signs are looking positive but I don't think this is a precursor to its reopening. The additional fitment of equipment is more intriguing than the test runs.
 
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Fri Sep 11, 2015 11:22 pm

Reports tonight that the HSE prohibition notice is still in effect: http://riderater.co.uk/2015/smiler-ride ... on-notice/
 
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:05 am

Smiler is testing yet again bang on 10am. Fins are making noises every so often.
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Sat Sep 12, 2015 3:16 pm

What does the noise from the fins signify?
 
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Sat Sep 12, 2015 4:07 pm

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What does the noise from the fins signify?


They're messing about with them in the control room haha?

It still goes agonizingly slow over that problem inversion even with water dummies in so no wonder it stalled empty. Was testing from 10-12:30, guess they had a tea break then it resumed, was still going around when I left the park at 2:45pm.
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Sat Sep 12, 2015 4:24 pm

I was also on park today and witnessed a fair bit of The Smiler testing.

It seemed that today they were testing all safety procedures, with cars being halted at the top of both lift hills before being lowered back down (I only actually witnessed a car being lowered down the vertical lift so can't be 100% sure if the same happened with lift hill 1)

I left X-Sector for the last time at about 2pm and they appeared to be simulating normal operation (from what I could see they were utilising all three trains available to them) as at one point there were two trains on the circuit (although not dueling) and another in the station.

If this level of testing continues over the next couple of weeks I think an opening before Scarefest is highly likely.
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Sat Sep 12, 2015 4:52 pm

Dan.N wrote:
I was also on park today and witnessed a fair bit of The Smiler testing.

It seemed that today they were testing all safety procedures, with cars being halted at the top of both lift hills before being lowered back down (I only actually witnessed a car being lowered down the vertical lift so can't be 100% sure if the same happened with lift hill 1)

I left X-Sector for the last time at about 2pm and they appeared to be simulating normal operation (from what I could see they were utilising all three trains available to them) as at one point there were two trains on the circuit (although not dueling) and another in the station.

If this level of testing continues over the next couple of weeks I think an opening before Scarefest is highly likely.


Yes they were also doing it with first lift-hill, you can see it stop at the top at the end of this video.
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Sat Sep 12, 2015 4:57 pm

dazza4783 wrote:
Yes they were also doing it with first lift-hill, you can see it stop at the top at the end of this video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inRbdmYMwrU


I know, I am the one who filmed that video this morning and passed it on to TowersTimes to upload (despite what that YouTube channel is saying I didn't upload it and they have not requested my permission to use it)

I left X-Sector after filming that video as the train was left at the top of the lift for about 15 minutes.
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:14 pm

Tiny bit of footage I took today, filmed most of it in portrait (don't ask me why) so left most out, the v-lift chain connection with the train at 31 seconds didn't sound too good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK9yJZk4xOY
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Sat Sep 12, 2015 6:36 pm

That is a crunchy catch into the vertical lift. :S

Regardless of when it reopens it just cheers me to see it running again :)
 
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:25 pm

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That is a crunchy catch into the vertical lift. :S


Haha right, it actually shook the structure and sounded like thunder. Don't know why it did that but it went smoothly afaik for the rest of the day.
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:56 pm

I heard from someone who was on park today (indeed I was on a phone call with them whilst they were in X-Sector) and I heard that the area music was playing for a short while in X-Sector. Can anyone else confirm this?
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:02 pm

Dan C wrote:
I heard from someone who was on park today (indeed I was on a phone call with them whilst they were in X-Sector) and I heard that the area music was playing for a short while in X-Sector. Can anyone else confirm this?


I spent a good portion of my visit today in X-Sector and not once was the music being played.

I didn't go in the area after 2pm though so it may have been played later than that, although I wouldn't have thought they would even consider playing the music until the ride was ready to re-open.
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Re: The Smiler Incident 02/06/15

Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:22 pm

I guess if it's going to be reopening soon they might need to test the music if they want it working, but I would be a bit surprised if they played it when people where in the area, if it has been playing I wouldn't be surprised at an opening in the next few days, unlikely but possible.

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