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  PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 3:31 pm
 
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The guys at the live today are starting to update to say that Big Dipper has derailed. The 3rd car on the train has come free from the track. Reports are of no injuries. Staff are evacuating riders, and other rides in the area have been closed.

CF twitter account picture... HERE

I'm sure there'll be much more about this when the guys at the live get to computers...

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  PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 4:09 pm
 
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Terrible news for Blackpool, after the amount of work and money they've put in to refurbish the ride! As much as I loathe the ride, two major incidents in less than a year probably means that its days are numbered.

Thankfully nobody was hurt though and I'm interested in what all the eyewitnesses have to say. :wink:

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  PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 4:12 pm
 
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That's unfortunate. That might well be it for Big Dipper, which is a shame. I never got to ride it as it was closed when I was there.

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  PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 4:26 pm
 
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Now they will hopefully realise that it needs tearing down. It's a :xcensoredx: awful ride which nearly broke my back and two derails in less than a year show that the thing isn't safe. I thought Amanda likes demolishing old woodies?

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  PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 5:03 pm
 
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Glad nobody was injured, terrible news for Blackpool after all that investment and effort to get it safe and operational again.

I think it's the end for The Big Dipper :(

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  PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 5:17 pm
 
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Any ride derailing is bad...

Shame it's Big Dipper tbh, I quite liked it and obviously it's a historic ride...

I'm suprised no-one's blamed Amanda yet :lol:

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  PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 5:47 pm
 
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Amanda the :xcensoredx: bitch :lol: Sorry, had to...

Really sad news, Dipper is a fantastic old ride, but with two accidents in less than 12 months, I can't see it being around much longer, even after all the work they did over the winter, which makes this accident even more depressing and surprising.

At least no one was hurt, which is the most important thing.

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  PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 7:29 pm
 
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I can just hear Amanda revving her chainsaw and preparing the car for a trip to the fountain department of B&Q...

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  PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 7:44 pm
 
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I was gonna say that it's sad to think that a classic ride like Big Dipper might be going, but then I thought, if all it's gonna do is break down, cost the park a lot of money and possibly injure people, is it so bad. A lot of people seem to dislike it, so maybe it isn't such a bad thing if it were to go.

Of course, it might not be going...

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  PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:41 pm
 
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Sorry why rip it down?

This coaster is how old 30 odd years and 2 problems in a year, well sorry I blame the park not the ride.

Glad no one was hurt, well no covering up this time cf were there lol

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Hi all, everyone got evacuated safely.

Here is a closer view of a photo I took. Rach has better pictures

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^^Close to 90 years old, and two incidents in less than 12 months definitely isn't a good sign.

We were very "lucky" in that a lot of us were sitting around near the go carts/Steeplechase entrance while waiting for people to ride Bling and so saw the whole thing and got pictures before staff started moving everyone away. I think Rach probably got some good pictures, so hopefully she'll get those up when she's home.

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Hahaha, nice timing. What with the coaster club knowing exactly what the problem is on sight and their million cameras =)

Anything breaking at Blackpool is no shocker to me.
If the attitude of the staff in guest view is any reflection of those behind the scenes, it stinks, and I wouldn't trust them maintaining such ancient and awkward rides.


Our Wild Mouse car fell apart onto our lap the last time I rode it. The floor pulled up from the bolts of the frame and subsequently the interior panels came loose and fell out.

We showed the ride op at the end and he threatened to call security for us damaging the rides...

In fact, they were more interested in appointing blame than taking the car off the circuit. It got loaded with kids and sent on its way.


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  PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:34 pm
 
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Gutted this has happened, PB must be pretty annoyed considering the work they've had done on Dipper. It is a shame its happened at all, but even more of a shame that it had to happen with a coaster club on park, as the true events will be exagerated (sp?) to maximum effect.

I wasnt at PB today, but what I do know is the train is now back in the station, no injuries were recorded and Big Dipper will not be getting removed and will re-open again this year.

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