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The Smiler Incident 02/06/2015

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OFCOM is what the FOS is to banking, a regularity body funded by the very people who they are supposed to be keeping in line, it's like the poachers paying the gamekeepers wages, you have to break some serious rules for these bodies to even take notice, let alone do something, unless of course you're Russian or work for PressTV then every complaint is upheld by default.

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Further bad news which may further salted an already bloody wound, dancer Vicky Balch who is still having trouble recovering may now be considering an amputation. Not good news at all, :(

I'm starting to wonder whether the smiler won't reopen now for a while.

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Anyone who has taken a 1st Aid course would probably have been told quite plainly, unless you point the finger at one select person to ring 999, there's a good chance no one will do it. Its human nature, and remember, even the ride ops are human beings too.

 

If you walked outside and saw a comet fly down from the sky and bop someone on the head would your first instinct be to ring 999? You'd probably be so awestruck you wouldn't know what to do. I know its not exactly the same, but the incident just couldn't have happened in the ride ops minds, and it came as such surprise to everyone that I should suspect 90% of people probably had no clue how to react. 

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Yes I'm with Josh on this one. Pre known/unknown condition.

I actually thought that Revolution at SFMM was a bit meh. Ok but nothing amazing, if anything a bit forceless.

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Good job the press wasn't at Thorpe the other Sunday as someone had decorated the entire path behind Rush with their lunch after riding it.

Somebody had chundered on Colossus too, the ride was closed for 20 minutes for "essential cleaning".

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Perhaps it's just me but I've never found coasters nauseating, things like Rush and Enterprise/Zodiac, those I do get a bit light headed on sometimes.

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We're going a little off topic here, but I'll just chip in that the only coaster that makes me anything near nauseated is Inferno. I come off that ride feeling almost dazed. It's brutal!

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Well, having seen the ride myself today, I can safely say that if it turns out the operator couldn't see the car then I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest that it happened, I couldn't tell one section of the track from another and I was standing right next to it, I can't imagine how difficult it would be from a CCTV with no depth of field.

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Well, having seen the ride myself today, I can safely say that if it turns out the operator couldn't see the car then I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest that it happened, I couldn't tell one section of the track from another and I was standing right next to it, I can't imagine how difficult it would be from a CCTV with no depth of field.

There's a simplified light up diagram on the control panel screen.

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Tbh I believe its both a human and a technical fault.  I've put together an opinion based on some of the things I have read. From what I have gathered, you're not supposed to load a car while a test car is going around. Second, the car was forced off the first lift hill which meant it was overridden by the operator. The block brake should have stopped the car. Is any of this right because if so it seems legit?

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Tbh I believe its both a human and a technical fault.  I've put together an opinion based on some of the things I have read. From what I have gathered, you're not supposed to load a car while a test car is going around. Second, the car was forced off the first lift hill which meant it was overridden by the operator. The block brake should have stopped the car. Is any of this right because if so it seems legit?

 

Having worked on Dragon's Fury on Chessington, there are no rules about waiting for a test car to come back - Sometimes trains are sent empty just for convenience depending on the fault.

 

It is still unknown why the car moved on from the lift hill after waiting for 10-20 minutes - I'm doubtful that the operator would have the ability to override the blocking system, and would expect engineering to have to get involved, but I don't know the procedures on the Smiler at all.

 

There are trim brakes between the lift hill and section of track where the trains collided, however they would not have been able to stop the train as they are just trims.  The 'block brake' is the lift hill in this situation.

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I'm doubtful that the operator would have the ability to override the blocking system, and would expect engineering to have to get involved

 

 

Unless it was left in manual after engineering added the extra train.

 

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What evidence was there that they added a new train? The queue times suggest a train was added about an hour before. Also the story from the people on the train said they got on and off the train 3 times before they were finally sent. Doesn't sound like a train being added to me.

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I'm doubtful that the operator would have the ability to override the blocking system watch that space!, and would expect engineering to have to get involved, but I don't know the procedures on the Smiler at all.

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