Posted Friday, May 21, 2004 8:41 AM | Contributed by Jeff
The Grand National two other rides were damaged in a blaze at Blackpool Pleasure Beach last night. Park officials say none of the rides were a total loss and that they'll be repaired.
Read more from The Edinburgh Evening News.
Friday, May 21, 2004 8:58 AM
From what I could see on the news report, the fire damaged the right hand side of the station and it's said that it destroyed both some trains and some track. Feasible as the storage tracks are inside the station too.
It's lucky that the main body of the ride is pretty far from the station area so in that respect the damage was pretty minimal really.
It's been said that the park hopes to reopen the Nash within a month - bring it on - I'll be there :)
The Alice in Wonderland ride and Trauma Towers looked to be pretty badly damaged but as stated, the park intends to restore all three rides.
Friday, May 21, 2004 10:22 AM
All three rides are excellent, and I hope they can get them back in short order. It would be a shame to see any of them lost.
Friday, May 21, 2004 11:14 AM
Happy that GN wasn't too badly damaged, it's one of the MAIN reasons for me *needing* to get to BPB/Europe...
Grand National is one of the *other* mobius coasters...KW and LFC having the other two operational ones...I've watch ed the video of "Nash" (nice nickname, Jim) *many* times...:)
Friday, May 21, 2004 12:03 PM
So the fire was either started by some employee or from an electriacl problem with grand national?
Friday, May 21, 2004 1:10 PM
Nobody knows yet. The park was closed, but nobody is able to speculate on the cause yet. I think Blackpool PB is probably one of the most 'flamable' parks in the world, so I'm so glad that the firefighters managed to keep the fire under control.
*** This post was edited by Marcus Sheen 5/21/2004 1:10:53 PM ***
Friday, May 21, 2004 1:20 PM
Makes me wonder if there is any such thing as fire retardent paint and if so, if it would not be a wise thing to repaint this ride and many others with at this park. Just a random thought.
Friday, May 21, 2004 5:53 PM
I hope CP does not start rejecting riders that are not wearing fire retardant clothing.
Friday, May 21, 2004 6:36 PM
Just fyi, there is a such thing as fire retardant paint but it is very expensive and mainly used for interior surfaces only. I don't know if it would be feasable on an exterior substrate.
Also, it's exactly what it says it is, fire retardant, meaning that it will with stand a certain amount of heat and then fail. It is manufactured in gradiants of heat resistance but like I said very expensive.
The kind used at public schools is rated for up to 250 degrees which is about the lowest resistance that they make and costs in the $50 to $150 range for one gallon depending on location.
Saturday, May 22, 2004 4:18 PM
Actualy, there is an additive that you can add to the paint to make it fire retardent.
But it costs a lot of money for it. Rosco is the company that produces it and it comes in pint size and gallon size.