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On {{date|June 2, 2015}}, two cars collided, one full and one empty. Four people were seriously injured. The ride's fate is currently unknown after the incident as [[Alton Towers]] has been prohibited from operating the ride while an investigation takes place.<ref>[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32980354 Four seriously injured in Alton Towers crash - BBC News]</ref>
 
On {{date|June 2, 2015}}, two cars collided, one full and one empty. Four people were seriously injured. The ride's fate is currently unknown after the incident as [[Alton Towers]] has been prohibited from operating the ride while an investigation takes place.<ref>[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32980354 Four seriously injured in Alton Towers crash - BBC News]</ref>
<ref>[http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/alton-towers-accident-theme-park-5828388 Alton Tower bosses considering scrapping Smiler after the accident - Daily Record]</ref> The following week, one person had their left leg amputated above their knee as a result of their injuries.
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<ref>[http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/alton-towers-accident-theme-park-5828388 Alton Tower bosses considering scrapping Smiler after the accident - Daily Record]</ref> The following week, one person had their left leg amputated above their knee as a result of their injuries. As of {{date|June 15, 2015}}, all of the ride's signage has been removed with no hints still of the ride's future.
  
 
==Images==
 
==Images==

Revision as of 06:58, 21 June 2015

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roller coaster
The Smiler
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Alton Towers
Location Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK
Park section X-Sector
Status Standing but not operating since May 31, 2013
Cost £18,000,000
Statistics
Manufacturer Gerstlauer
Designer / calculations John Wardley (track layout)

Ben Dowson (development)
Candy Holland (artistic direction)

Type Steel
Model / product Infinity Coaster 1170
Riders per train 16
Propulsion 2 Chain lift hills
Height72 feet
Drop98 feet
Top speed52.8 mph
Length3,839 feet
Inversions14
Duration2:45
HELP

Smiler is a steel roller coaster located at Alton Towers, opened in May 2013. The ride is manufactured by Gerstlauer and is a Euro-Fighter roller coaster. The ride is positioned where the Black Hole was formerly located, opposite Oblivion. The ride is the first roller coaster with 14 inversions.

Due to "teething" problems, the coaster did not open on the planned date of May 23. The ride opened on May 31, 2013.

Design

Elements

The Smiler is a custom coaster, manufactured by Gerstlauer. It has two lift hills and 14 inversions.

Trains

4 trains with 4 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 16 riders per train.

History

Plans were submitted for SW7 in late December 2011. Documents were later revealed showing that it was a custom Gerstlauer Infinity Coaster. Planning permission was granted on 15 March 2012, despite opposition from both Alton and Farley Parish councils.

Vertical Construction of the ride started in September 2012.

Deconstruction of the Black Hole tent started mid-April.

Smiler opened on May 31, 2013.


Name

The ride was codenamed SW7. This stands for stands for Secret Weapon 7. This name was used for Thirteen (SW6), Air(SW5), Oblivion (SW4) and Nemesis (SW3).

Incidents

On 21 July 2013, a bolt fell from the ride. People queueing for the ride at the time said that they heard a large clanging sound as the bolt fell. The bolt partially disengaged two sections of track and the ride reopened on 25 July 2013.

On 4 November 2013, guide wheels flew off one of the ride's trains as the train was ascending the vertical incline and hit four people in the face. The ride was closed for the rest of Scarefest.

On June 2, 2015, two cars collided, one full and one empty. Four people were seriously injured. The ride's fate is currently unknown after the incident as Alton Towers has been prohibited from operating the ride while an investigation takes place.[1] [2] The following week, one person had their left leg amputated above their knee as a result of their injuries. As of June 15, 2015, all of the ride's signage has been removed with no hints still of the ride's future.

Images

References

First roller coaster with 14 inversions
May 2013 - present
Preceded by
Colossus
tied with
10 Inversion Roller Coaster
First roller coaster with 14 inversions
May 2013 - present
Succeeded by
None