Scarefest 2019

AT86

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It’s worth noting that there has been a lot of rain in the area this weekend. Stafford flooded yesterday and the road that runs past JCB was flooded this morning too.

I expect this means the grass parking is out of use, hence the lack of parking.
 
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nemesis
I'm on the grass parking but I think most of it's too soggy to use today. Queues are horrible and Th13teen has just closed for the night as it's "too cold". It was colder last night at Blackpool according to my feet and nothing shut because of the temperature :D
 

Danny

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Steel Vengeance
Ah yes, the time of year which Thirteen comes into a league of its own and it gets closed early. Of course.
 

John

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Steel Vengeance
The utter cowardice being shown in closing Thirteen early, completely unnecessarily, is absolutely staggering. When the ride has been running all day, a slight decrease in temperature in the evening is totally irrelevant.

Incredible that this is the same park that a few years ago ran Air in sub-zero temperatures, with an unloaded train causing the ride to e-stop each time it was sent round as it was taking too long to reach the brakes.
 

Tommy85

TS Member
The utter cowardice being shown in closing Thirteen early, completely unnecessarily, is absolutely staggering. When the ride has been running all day, a slight decrease in temperature in the evening is totally irrelevant.

Incredible that this is the same park that a few years ago ran Air in sub-zero temperatures, with an unloaded train causing the ride to e-stop each time it was sent round as it was taking too long to reach the brakes.

The resort has said on twitter last year that the manufacturer recommends 13 isn’t ran in temps of 5 degree’s or lower. There is no way they will go against this in case something happens. Just covering their arses basically.
 

Matt878787

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Nemesis
Also why does anyone think after 2015 this park would risk ANYTHING which could go wrong?

If anything I don't blame them in the slightest for worrying.

Exactly. The rags would be getting moist at the slightest issue if anything went wrong. Its a no win situation but better safe than sorry even if sorry is 1% possible.
 

Jammy

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Nemesis/Oblivion
This time on Friday,

Spinball Whizzer was on a 5 minute queue (45 minutes today)
&
Wicker Man was on 35 minutes (160 minutes today)

All I can say is wow 0.0
 

Yalnix

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Helix
Thirteen has been running in the dark for years; even during the year of and the following two years after the crash. This is a farce.

There are many explanations. Management Change, Decision to change and even colder temperatures than previous years all could have factored into the decision to close the ride.

It's the safe choice, especially if it's what Intamin recommend.

This time on Friday,

Spinball Whizzer was on a 5 minute queue (45 minutes today)
&
Wicker Man was on 35 minutes (160 minutes today)

All I can say is wow 0.0

Friday was brilliant. Looped Wicker Man twice in the last half hour of the day, would have been thrice if I wasn't knackered. School Holidays/Weekend in combination with Scarefests become a write off for me.

Avoid if possible!
 
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Skyscraper

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Nemesis
There are many explanations. Management Change, Decision to change and even colder temperatures than previous years all could have factored into the decision to close the ride.

It's the safe choice, especially if it's what Intamin recommend.



Friday was brilliant. Looped Wicker Man twice in the last half hour of the day, would have been thrice if I wasn't knackered. School Holidays/Weekend and Scarefests become a write off for me.

Avoid if possible!
Last Monday Scarefest wasn't too bad, queues were short all day with the longest being 50 mins.
 

Yalnix

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Helix
It has been actually pretty good up until this point I think queue wise.

Definitely also got quicker after about 3pm on Friday because I think people have up with the constant rain.
 

Mikw

TS Member
The utter cowardice being shown in closing Thirteen early, completely unnecessarily, is absolutely staggering. When the ride has been running all day, a slight decrease in temperature in the evening is totally irrelevant.

Incredible that this is the same park that a few years ago ran Air in sub-zero temperatures, with an unloaded train causing the ride to e-stop each time it was sent round as it was taking too long to reach the brakes.
Remember what happened when they operated the Smiler in conditions more extreme than the Manufacturer recommened?

They've learnt there lesson now. It would be reckless in the extreme to do it again, regardless of the ride. If anything happened again the court might shut them down
 

Rick

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Crux
From the sentencing remarks - which can cause some confusion;

The clear inference from the weather conditions is that on two occasions on the day in question two trains came to a halt and had insufficient momentum to engage with the lifts due to gusts of head wind notwithstanding the measured wind speed at a nearby ride may have been still below the manufacture’s recommended level for the safety of the ride as a whole.
 

grrrr

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Vertigo, Tivoli Gardens
That didn't happen, and manufacturer's instructions are also nothing to do with what caused the Smiler incident.
The inquest was definitely told that the cause of the stall(s) experienced on the day of the incident was because of high winds (45+ mph gusts) which exceeded the maximum safe speed according to 'guidance' of 34mph, though I'm not sure if that's guidance that came from the manufacturer or not.
 
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