Monorail Refurbishment

Discussion in 'Future Discussion' started by WallisDan, 13th Oct 2017.

  1. Matt.GC

    Matt.GC TowersStreet Member

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    I fail to see why the monorail is seen as at the end of its life? Its a very simple, electric powered design and if maintained well, the rolling stock should last far longer than a measly 33 years. The Diesel powered High Speed Train was built in the early 1970's and although they are being semi retired and on their second generation of engines, most are still in full operational service, doing sometimes thousands of miles a day up and down the country.

    It's likely there just isn't the will to spend any money on it. I doubt we'll ever get some new grand entrance either. The plan was probably to to put some crappy second hand land trains in the car park. I couldn't think of anything more tacky.
     
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  2. RoyJess

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    In theory they should do, but under the control of Merlin purse strings, nothing seems to last :rolleyes:
     
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  3. Rick

    Rick TowersStreet Member

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    @Matt.GC I am not sure we can compare one of British Rail's finest achievements with a second hand monorail in the Staffordshire Moorlands!

    (No Ultimate jokes, please)

    It would be bucking the monorail trend if it did last much longer...
     
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  4. TakeYourMedicine

    TakeYourMedicine TowersStreet Member

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    Yeah I suppose it's possible that out of all the rides in Alton Towers the monorail might be one of the most difficult to maintain by this point, from age, constant use and everything.. If it comes to it, there's always the option of new trains and a proper refurbishment, which should keep it going many years into the future, but that probablt already been ruled out
     
  5. Dave

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    I don’t think the monorail is structurally at the end of its life but it needs considerable investment to keep it to standard and it is natural for a company to consider whether it’s worth that investment or do something different.

    Like move the car parks to the meadows
     
  6. John_P

    John_P TowersStreet Member

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    Maybe they should see if they can get some of those pacer trains northern rail are finally starting to retire.
     
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  7. DiogoJ42

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    And convert them back in to busses?
     
  8. delta79

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    Stick a track down running around the b
    Back of the hotels down to the old track bed all the way to a big bit of land outside stoke and make it a park and ride.

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  9. Andrew

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    I’d rather walk with pins in my shoes than ride in one of those. Grim.
     
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  10. Jb85

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    The best solution here - and it’s not a popular one - is to make two entrances. Move the car parks nearer towers street and have a secondary entrance near AIR. It would make sense to build and ents complex there and as well

    Never gonna happen though
     
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    There’s certain Leyland buses on top of freight trains chassis available soon from the north
     
  12. Themeparksandy1981

    Themeparksandy1981 TowersStreet Member

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    Why can’t they just have the main entrance that you go in and out of during the day then at ride close open all the gates around the Left side of the park so guests can go walk to there cars from Katanga Canyon,
    Gloomy wood or Forbidden Valley like they did it during the fireworks event so can’t understand why they can’t open them all the time.
     
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    The gate by Galactica which leads onto the car parks is opened at ride close every day.
     
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    Katanga Canyon and Gloomy wood exits go though service areas. They are for storage and working in than being a pathway for the public.
    Work to make it safer for public to walk though has to happen before the firework.



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    That's mainly for resort guest access to the RCR though.
     
  16. RoyJess

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    Yes they do but..

    ...there is also a set of gates just before RCR separating the paths from Nemesis to Galactica. I have walked to Galactica exit before now to find out that we can't exit or access RCR due to these gates being shut.
     
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  17. Mikw

    Mikw TowersStreet Member

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    Indeed they do, if i stay to ride close i exit this way every time.
     
  18. spinba11

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    Technically you can exit via the Galactica any time (there is a door built into the gate that can be opened from inside but needs a code to re enter the park)
     
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  19. ihaveaspergers

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    Not really intended for guest use apart from the occasional ejection or urgent situation.

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  20. Matt.GC

    Matt.GC TowersStreet Member

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    Investment needs to be made to keep the current monorail in service. Whether that means a refurbishment or new rolling stock. It would be a massive waste of built in infrastructure not to do so.

    Towers Street is a purpose built entrance to the park and should ALWAYS remain the main way of entry. Sorting the monorail out is essential to the park experience. I hope the new private equity owners are smart enough to see that.
     

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