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  PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:47 pm
 
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At approximately 10:40 this morning, guests at Alton Towers reported on Twitter that The Smiler broke down. Eye witnesses are saying that a bolt flew out of the track and landed on the safety cages above the queue line. Nobody was injured. As a result, two sections of the Gerstaluer the track have slightly separated. Alton Towers have closed the ride.

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  PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:12 pm
 
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  PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:14 pm
 
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:xcensoredx: up #1,000,000,000.

Just tear the bastard down already ;)

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  PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:19 pm
 
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I wonder if the heat has anything to do with it.

IIRC, the 2006 accident on the Runaway Mine Train was caused by abnormal heat.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/staf ... 198728.stm

Or shall we just blame the intensity of Gerstlauer track?

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  PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:48 pm
 
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Bolt flew off Swarm last year...

Dread to think how many Vampire has thrown at people over it's lifespan...

:dontswear: happens...

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  PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:50 pm
 
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We'll blame poor engineering skills and bodging, I think.

I bet it's closed for weeks.


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  PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:03 pm
 
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Told you this thing was :dontswear:.

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  PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:15 pm
 
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Bolts flying off - happens. Track separating visibly after said event because it doesn't :xcensoredx: fit together right? Kinda different.

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  PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:02 pm
 
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I think Joey has hit the nail (or should I say bolt) on the head exactly. Bolts shear all the time, but the track visibly separating seems quite a big deal to me. Bloody Gerstlauer

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  PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:15 pm
 
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It's been really hot so maybe the track just expanded to much.

But we saw when they were building it things did not seem to line up that well.

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Yeah, probably a case of pre-existing tension (due to the track pieces having to be bent slightly to fit together) made worse by extreme temperatures. I guess the track has heated up every day the sun shone brightly on it, then cooled down in the evenings (with high tension existing even then, due to the track pieces trying to pull apart). Eventually, a cyclic fracture appears. The bolt went snap once it had been weakened sufficiently, and the track pieces were free to spring apart. This process might have been going on since the bolt first was fastened, though I suspect trains flying over the joint didn't exactly help either. Cyclic loads tend to be extremely strenous on structures in the long run.

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  PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:01 pm
 
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I hope that it won't be closed for like a month or so :/

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  PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:17 pm
 
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Isn't that the part of the track they had to winch together?

Poor engineering if so, putting too much stress through the bolts.


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I got told from a friend about 10 minuets ago. It is such a shame it is having all these problems, I know it has it's critics but I love it.

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