2019: General Discussion

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by WL18, 4th Nov 2018.

  1. TakeYourMedicine

    TakeYourMedicine TowersStreet Member

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    It's been that way at most Merlin parks for many years now
     
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    skyscraper TowersStreet Member

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    Yeah its custom at a lot of parks around the world for ride staff to "test-ride" the coasters before opening. Best part of the job for most. :p
     
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  3. Kraken27

    Kraken27 TowersStreet Member

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    Where time allows, the ride team normally try and get a staff ride (possibly two) in before opening to guests, call it a perk of the job.

    [This bit relates to early 2000's at Towers - it may still be the same, or it could have changed]... The only requirement as pre-start checks was that one ride team member (officially it should be the operator or relief operator) ride the ride before opening. Normally you just made sure the Op / relief Op was onboard the staff ride and that was fine, the box was ticked. When Nemesis is open to the public, the minimum number of guests allowed on a train is two.

    I have never heard of ride staff having to ride Nemesis after downtime before reopening, unless there was an alleged non-mechanical safety issue, i.e. safety envelope incursion that needed to be checked. Any alleged mechanical safety issues would result in the ride being signed over to Technical Services for them to investigate.
     
  4. imanautie

    imanautie TowersStreet Member

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    Who have for some rides been known to do test rides, I believe @spinball has seen smiler techs.

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  5. spinba11

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    the smiler needs to have dummies in to reduce the risk of a stall on cold wheels/bearings. When it’s been stopped due to lightning in the area they ran it to keep them warm.
     
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    Yeah, I knew that already. Perhaps I worded my question wrong. What I should have asked was Why do staff ride Wicker Man before opening but not The Smiler before opening (well I haven't seen it happen)?
     
  7. Ethan

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    Expect highs of 40 and lows of 5, with scattered showers near nemesis and firey hot temperatures near wicker man
     
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  8. imanautie

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    Presumably because wickerman isn't likely to get stuck in a potencically dangerous to evacuate from position.

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  9. spinba11

    spinba11 TowersStreet Member

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    I doubt they have 8 spare staff to go on.
     
  10. Steve74

    Steve74 TowersStreet Member

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    Why would they need 8 staff to ride it? It can't be for weight and momentum issues because it tests with 1 or 2 dummies on the back row
     
  11. spinba11

    spinba11 TowersStreet Member

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    It’s what the manufacturer say, 8 people minimum.
     
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  12. Dan19F1

    Dan19F1 TowersStreet Member

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    Does anyone know what’s up with The Blade and when it might reopen? I think it’s been closed about a week now and I always worry when that shuts as I think that they won’t bother to repair it with how old it is.
     
  13. Matt878787

    Matt878787 TowersStreet Member

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    Hasn’t it just recently been refurbished? Not sure what’s up but I wouldn’t worry. They haven’t let it rot away like Ripsaw...
     
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    Yeah it was closed last Thursday. Didn't realise it had been closed for longer. Personally, I think it's on it's way out. It's old and could do with replacing. One of these could fit in it's pit;

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    High capacity, thrilling and impressive off-ride. Fits the area theme too. :)

    http://ride-engineers.com/stormforce-20/
     
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    Agreed that would look AMAZING in FV.
     
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    It's more tedious than thrilling.
     
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    Blade's on its way out from what I heard from 2 staff members walking past sub terra
     
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    Thrilling? They look incredible but not sure I'd say they're thrilling unless the Great Adventure one isn't representative of what they can do. Which one have you ridden?
     
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    Well it would draw in the crowds, that's for sure. Anyone got any other suggestions though? Think that would be hard to beat.
     
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    Off peak staff massaging?
     

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