More Gerstlauer woes. This time Alton Towers

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More Gerstlauer woes. This time Alton Towers

Post by CptBeeble » Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:28 pm

Seems the Smiler is down due to a "loud clanging noise" followed by a bolt falling from the ride (unsure whether from car or track) and landing on the roof of the queue. The ride was closed, the queue evacuated, and the cars stacked in the brake run.
That's when people noticed a fairly obvious gap in the track...
Story and pics here: http://old.towerstimes.co.uk/news/news. ... at=1,10,11

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Post by Vonni » Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:30 pm

From what I heard, the bolt came from the track

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Post by Paul Drabek » Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:59 pm

Saw the pic of that gap and it is pretty shocking. It is good it was discovered before it became even worse or caused a fatality.
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Post by johnny.ink » Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:50 am

Paul Drabek wrote:Saw the pic of that gap and it is pretty shocking. It is good it was discovered before it became even worse or caused a fatality.
Isn't that something track inspection would find? I realize that you can't exactly walk the entire track, but you'd think maintenance looks at each section or something no?

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Post by Spencerman » Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:28 pm

Yeah, that is a good point johnny. I wonder who inspects the track.

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Post by CptBeeble » Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:33 pm

A track inspector would see that, yes... But from the story it seems like the gap wasn't there before the bolt fell. If there were forces on the track that sheared off the bolt, then caused the gap, a simple walking inspection of the track wouldn't pick that up until it had already happened.

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Post by johnny.ink » Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:14 pm

TC10K wrote:A track inspector would see that, yes... But from the story it seems like the gap wasn't there before the bolt fell. If there were forces on the track that sheared off the bolt, then caused the gap, a simple walking inspection of the track wouldn't pick that up until it had already happened.
That would be correct. At least someone decided to investigate the large thunderous clang on the station roof, and thankfully they heard it, and not had it covered by screaming or a launch.

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