^Couldn't sandbags be used just as they are in Blackpool for the Big One together with actual guests, and on plenty of other coasters worldwide, to make up the weight required?
From my experience, Merlin don't like running rides with a mixture of people and sandbags / water dummies. That's just the way they seem to operate.^Couldn't sandbags be used just as they are in Blackpool for the Big One together with actual guests, and on plenty of other coasters worldwide, to make up the weight required?
I think the issue was when the ride opened, it ran too fast effectively, and would go through that second lift hill too quickly. That's why some extra trims had to be installed (this was still in early 2010). But that then brought about the 18 person rule. Some sort of Intamin screw up somewhere along the line.
Skyride and Rita have been open since last week at least... (they were open on my visit) Thi3teen opened todayThought I'd mention Rita and Thirteen are back open, along with the Skyride I believe, at Towers.
It's not just Merlin who do it, I've seen Blackpool do it several times. If the queue is walk on but it is likely to get bigger at a different point in the day, then it makes sense to only fill one train as you can send it full, but if a decent line develops, then we'll send both.Maybe this question has already been answered on the last 42 pages, but I am too lazy to read all of them
Why does Merlin (and only Merlin) run a coaster on 2 trains, while only filling one train with guests?
I see the argument "if it gets busy later", but why do they keep the second train empty, even if the ride has a decent queue? It just feels like yet another middle finger Merlin puts in the face of their customers. I actually have the theory that Merlin wants customers, but no happy customers. Just imagine, people coming back and riding your attractions. All the maintenance needed...
If I remember correctly at Merlin parks only technicians are allowed to add or remove trains since the Smiler incident. A new train added by the ride ops without proper communcation was one of the causes of the disaster. The other one was overwriting the safety systems without any proper checks.Most parks simply load both trains, or remove the second train and add it again when it's needed later. But of course, depending on the park, this might require a technician, so I understand when this does not happen instantly.