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Alton Towers | Wicker Man | GCI Wood

Discussion in 'Roller Coaster Construction' started by Dar, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. Matt N

    Matt N Well-Known Member

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    Oh my... Alton don't want the tabloids finding out about this...
     
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    That's ... not right. Seems like a reverberance around the chain, probably from the coupling of the train to the chain. That can't be doing the gear box / bearings any good!
     
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    Hixee Flojector Staff Member Moderator CF Award Winner 2016

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    Looks like the chain tensioning device isn't working properly. Usually that would absorb this pulsing, which is a result of the chain acting like a spring when the train engages.

    For anyone that's ridden it, can you feel the lurching on the train? It's not uncommon to get a bit of that, but usually it's dampened down quite quickly.
     
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    Lofty Social Media Team Staff Member Social Media Team

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    I love the quick fix they did of putting a piece of wood to dampen the abrasion on those support beams. Great job.
     
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    How did GCI do such a bad job here?

    It’s had a rediculous amount of downtime since opening and a number of problems... As far as I know GCI’s are normally really reliable?
     
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    Could it maybe be an issue caused by the changed gradient on the lifthill? It would potentially explain why it hasn't happened on other GCI's.
     
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    If it is, the. Should it be GCI warning them that might happen?


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    It's possible that GCI didn't know it was going to happen. I wonder of the 'kink' as it changes gradient is causing it? All lift hills change gradient but generally not as sharply as that kink.
     
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    Be like
     
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    CrashCoaster Formerly ATI CF Award Winner 2016

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    So here's the closest thing to an official POV we've got:-

    POV by TowersTimes.
     
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    Cba to find a link but Channel 4 filmed a behind the scenes documentary for Wickerman that they'll be airing in a few weeks time.
     
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    The documentary is called Inside Alton Towers and will be airing on Thursday 23rd August at 9pm. Taken from Alton Towers' social media channels.

    Can't wait!
     
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    There is an offical POV plonker, in fact there's loads. All of the rider POV's on the meet the makers event were filmed by Towers and the park themselves filmed a POV on the day and told people like TowersStreet, TPW, TowersTimes, PBE etc to upload it.
     
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    Yeah I did think I'd seen a POV before @ATI posted that.
    But in all fairness he wasn't being an idiot here - just sharing a video... and probably the best quality one we've seen so far.
     
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    I don't always agree with what ATI says but why is there the need to be so degrading and rude when he's simply sharing a video?

    That isn't acceptable surely?
     
  16. GuyWithAStick

    GuyWithAStick Captain Basic Staff Member Moderator Social Media Team

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    Yeah, I don't think posting a POV justifies that kind of reaction.

    Let's just get back to our normal lives and move on. Thank you.
     
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    I prefer those types of POVs, where you can see movement of the guest etc. over rigged train shots.
     
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    Agreed - I'm thinking of those awful mounted POVs that Cedar Point do. They give no indication of the realistic ride experience. The Alton official POV was like that too
     
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    Sorry to bump the thread, but I wasn't sure where to ask this question, so; does Wicker Man have ejector airtime anywhere, out of interest? Only asking because I thought that ejector meant shorter pops of airtime, which I'd personally say Wicker Man had a couple of.
     
  20. Hixee

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    The term ejector is more related to the strength of the airtime, generally said to be anything less the 0G, though I would probably say anything less than -0.5G.

    A quick pop of floater isn't really ejector. It's fun, for sure, but you're never reaching the magnitude of force required for ejector.

    That being said, the rate of change of G-force is actually the more exciting bit, hence the term flojector and the chart. ;)

    As far as I understand, Wickerman has plenty of pops of airtime, some of them quite quickly, but they never stray in to the ejector territory of forces.
     
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