The Smiler - General Discussion

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Scott, 11th Jun 2013.

  1. Matt N

    Matt N TowersStreet Member

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    Maybe that’s the supposed brake sensor the ride needed being installed?
     
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    Very possible actually...
    Could we see it back open for the Fireworks weekend or, at a push, the upcoming running event?
    We'll have to wait and see. :)
     
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    I had forgotten until reading Screamscape just now that Hangtime at Knott's has also been closed, but in this case for over two months.

    Not suggesting it's related, but it's interesting to contrast.
     
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    Interesting, perhaps gerstlaur are struggling to dispatch parts to customers.
     
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    God. Hopefully smiler doesn't break down often or have any problems next season bcus as soon as it requires a part it'll be down for 1-2 months again
     
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    I'm sure Merlin will be monitoring this and changing their procurement strategy for spare parts if the lead time on Gerstlauer parts has increased.
     
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    Someone who works at towers told me that he can't tell me about why the smiler has been down but its not to do with a part. Given that there has been no confirmation from towers about anything I'm not sure why the whole enthusiast community assumed it needed a part but I guess that's just the fun of speculation
     
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    It's apparently something to do with the support foundations, from what I've heard. Initially it was a software problem that was solved by Gerstlauer pretty much instantly when they got on site, but the more serious problem was found in the interim whilst it was closed. It will need much bigger work done to it over the closed season before it can open again next year.

    Seeing as though the construction in 2012/13 was plagued with problems due to the unsuitability of the groundwork, I find this credible.
     
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    He can't tell you but he can tell you it's not to do with a part. Sounds about right!

    Towers are never going to give a reason as to why it is down, but there are people on here who have better sources than some random person who works at Towers.

    Either way, it hardly matters now, as it does not need to be operatational again for a few months.
     
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    That being said if foundation’s are indeed an issue then depending on which foundations need work it may be a big job ..
     
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    The foundations have been an issue since construction, it's one of the primary reasons I said after The Smiler opened that it won't last long (relatively speaking) at Alton Towers. As far as I am aware, the foundations are not the reason for the closure at the end of this season.
     
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    We’re in the midst of an electrocompent shortage

    it’s could be anything simple but if you can’t get the part then you can’t open the ride. Basic components are being quoted with 6 months lead times currently
     
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    I’ve just seen that TPW has posted a photo of a huge crane towering over The Smiler today. I wonder what work it could be having done o_O
     
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    And so there is! :confused:

     
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    If they're replacing track then I hope to god its that last few sections before the brake run. That bit of the ride for me takes it down from being a world class attraction to just a very good one.
     
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    Interesting if true, I guess we'll find out in March if we spot a shiny new piece of track!

     
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    That’s interesting. When we were all saying it was waiting for a part, I assumed it was a small bit of kit in a box. Never crossed my mind that the part could be a piece of track…
     
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    Gerst-ache is definitely a 'thing'. I suspect they will have to continue to replace bits of track quite frequently with the Smiler as it ages. It hasn't aged that well so far from my own experience. Back row rides are almost unbearable through certain elements.
     
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    Maybe Danny Jones has been chatting to somebody who works in the hotel shop.
     
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    Well we'll definitely able to tell. The ride needs a power wash so shiny new track will definitely be easy to spot.
     
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