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  1. fair swear I saw a outline, but prob shows how good a illusion is with 3 lights on a stick. (2 white head lamps and a yellow destination text not in service) yeah its a great effect shame it broke as ironically it was one of the best parts of the ride in its original form (complete with actors of staff struggling with each other and running out the way at the last moment)
  2. if it was lights on a stick, it had the outline of a tube train front and quite a few lights (head lights and a not in service destination board indipendant from each other) you look back at the old pov and it was more than 2 lights on a stick that rotated round the corner. the stick had a fake train front on it. feel like I never going to win this but that affect wasnt just 2 lights on a stick moving. otherwise if that was "the most complex effect in the atraction and couldnt be fixed in buget" I'm worried. still this could go back and forth. look back at old pov you had a whole train front that looks earlierly similar to whats in the same place now
  3. the train is still there. its just stationary. the WD final seen looks to be a new installation. The train crash in DBGT was never lights on a stick. it was a entire train front which swung out and back similar to the ones that are stationary around the area. the weight I'm assuming was one of the reasons for its unreliability due to its speed for the effect to work
  4. also if I'm correct the train scene with the train swinging out to you is a full train front not just lights on bars (the whole front is there) the weight is one of the reasons it has issues. its a shame the effect dosnt work. but tbf when it didnt work the ride was alot less. Still miss the original about to evacuate down the tunnel then a constuction worker wressling with the LU staff before both throwing themselfs out the way just before the train swung in was a highlight of the ride. but if it didnt work the middle scene would fall a bit flat is there any pictures of the moving train with some light? so it can be proved one and for all if its lights on a stick or not?
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    The Walking Dead: The Ride - New for 2018

    sight off topic but slammer is still running in that advert XD but opening this saturday, be intreasting whats changed advert looks like the block sections are back and theming been put in it
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    2018 General Discussion

    I would say unlikely the track is gone (I assume scrapped) due to the amount of time the trains have been standing they need some work to get going again the ride area is used for platform and last year they built a house on it (fairly normal for railway track beds) plus they put lumber jump on the track and that would of required a concrete pad to be poured. sad to say but CRR is in the same situation as TIR, a thing of the past with a few bits still on site in back areas There was a picture a while back of Colossus trains having new transfers put on the front car (the name at the front) though by a little birdy telling things. if its refering to slammer, unlikely but possible, the ride is very old and parts are scarse (all S&S sky swat part production in the world goes to that ride ) if its refering to loggers. I wait until we have some solid proof. I know its been talked about so much for the ride to get a overhaul (to a point its hard to seperate fact from fiction) but I wait untill we see logs falling over the drop again. though the birdys are really refering to fish is getting its shrubbery back and being marketed as a "high thrill head chopper coaster"
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    2018 General Discussion

    Rush is prob becasue there doing a full refurb and repaint. the latter prob why it wont be open. with quantum and rocky the way the small rides are refurbed is that there not all done at once due to amount of manpower. for what ever reason the refurbishments must of been last in the refurbishment and at some point its taken longer than expected could be parts on one of the rides or them helping out with X if needed. still waiting for the entusiasts who says the day is runined cause they cant ride rocky on the first day. Still the thing you should congratulate is the fact they did DBGT refurbishment in the time. from what I can tell its quite a big job (one of the reasons it opens at 12 every day its open) plus hopefuly alows for the effects to stay working
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    The Walking Dead: The Ride - New for 2018

    I say pretty guaranteed the block sections are back on the coaster track maybe even the shuttling up and down the sections. since the promo art shows the train with its "brakes" throwing sparks as it grinds to a halt. who knows maybe they will make the pyramid pitch black but enclose the block sections with theming (a hospital ward or somthing) with curtains similar to the entrance and exit of the ride vehicle. new trains (if the promo is acurrate) would be good the lights on the front would make a good effect in the pitch black and they have a more boxy design which fits the escape vehicle aesthetic and also allow people to fit better I remember when riding X being tall my legs would hit the front and curve inwards as the front of the car would move into a rounded point
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    The Walking Dead: The Ride - New for 2018

    nah "X marks the spot" There bringing back the Treasure island railway They got the island still, got the loco, give children a black spot and take the train to find treasure just need to move timber tug and lumber jump and u can use the station again A actor driven train ride with special effects and high operating costs on a unusual rail based ride system made by Severn lamb or Alan keef will work great I mean its not like they did that 2 years ago in a warehouse ;p cause thats the only think X can mean ;p seriously though its good word play
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    The Walking Dead: The Ride - New for 2018

    The new events are quite interesting sounds like they bringing in a team of actors for the peak time events which change instead of just having living nightmare open all year, the Apocalypse weekends sound like a nice simple addition and hopefully that would have a few extra roaming actors. The zombie hunt sounds like plat 15 and blair witch area are being used and if done well would be quite a nice extra attraction. Though calling it now its sounding like whatever is happening with X wont be open for start of the season
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    Next Roller Coaster

    yeah that is true though from a operational standpoint, air gets its great throughput with a dual station, the beauty of the Vekoma flying design is you dont need a dual station to maintain the high throughput as the unloading, loading and restraint checks are more inline with a standard coaster without requiring extra staff or time to rotate seating. and the sad truth is that if a dual loading station coaster came to Thorpe, unless it was something like a racing coaster it wouldn't last, apart from peak days it be 1 station after a few years and that would reduce the throughput, thats the sad truth of Thorpe reality is you can make a good ride but the opearations need to be time and person efficient which this new design is. though looses points that you either need a unload and load platform like saw or you have the issue of swarm where the people getting on have to avoid the people getting off going perpendicular
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    Next Roller Coaster

    It could come to Thorpe but no definite answer, though if it did come it prob be a good addition to the line up with the right theming. unlike alot of merlins new atractions theres a prototype, one with the kinks being worked out (I'm not sure how complex the mechanism is that turns the seats 90 degrees at the top of the lift hill but it make a good themed flying coaster (worked best with a enclosed lifthill ending just as the cars tip into position) imagine it darting around having near misses with the ground and other theaming, like swarm but the flying position would make it more thrilling. and it the first flying coaster that wouldnt have a issue with throughput, its 2 across but you can load it as fast as a standard coaster (which the guests exit the same side) unlike most flying where you have to strap in dispatch and then adjust the seats before moving this just needs a normal dispatch. its a good design, though if thorpe would get it is anyones guess. it could be SW9 for all we know
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    Alton Towers General Discussion

    As someone who has never visited towers, but was planning to visit off peak early this year. this staggered ride times really put it into question, especially on a day where the park would close at 4pm. Though I can predict now what would happen on any day apart from dead off peak Wicker man, Smiler and Oblivion will have multi-hour queues due to the GP seeing there open when the park opens and would stick like that all day. while 13, and especially Nemesis and Galactica will be almost dead as the GP will try head for the rides earlier in the day and find them closed, assuming there closed all day guest services gives free fast passes and u know which rides the GP will go for, the new roller coaster. it almost feels like this is a ploy to give a reason to scrap the rides in forbidden valley as merlin can say "well Nemesis and galactica had 5 min queues all day so there not popular and earmarked for replacement" prob not there intention but I feel this heading of guests will not end well I do hope they change there mind, even opening forbidden valley at 11 would partly solve the issue (not completely but it would prob be the best we can hope for now)
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    Slammer replacement?

    Yeah Slammer being bought by another theme park is as likely as the CCR trains and Ivor being bought by another theme park both are "for sale" but in reality there both in a state of needing a major overhaul and I dont think any company could provide the funds and effort to do it. RIP slammer, a good unique ride but a maintenance nightmare. True S&S philosophy
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    Bolliger and Mabillard

    The thing with B&M is they never try anything too radical. they just do things in increments. really there most biggest changes where the inverted coaster and flying coaster. normally they just adjust the seating positions or with oblivion they just widened the track. Though the thing with B&M if there going to do something new its hard to see coming, honestly I wouldn't be surprised if they came out with a 2 across junior air time machine coaster for parks with a smaller budget, with the selling point being that they will last for years. B&M coasters rarely have issues, where other company's will push the boundarys. Realistically there next big innovation might be a 8 or 10 wide version of there hyper family as when dealing with coasters like that, dive coaster width track wouldnt be a issue. and yeah The Incredible hulks launch stystem was designed by another company and thus was the most unreliable thing on the ride. same thing happened with Lightning Rods LSM launch system though in that case RMC didnt build the launch