Ride dispatched with passengers while track was incomplete

Posted Friday, December 13, 2002 3:36 AM | Contributed by colin mcwilliam

Twelve tourists got a shock when they found that a Brighton Pier rollercoaster ride was missing a section of track. The ride was stopped by an employee - but eyewitnesses say that the first carriage was left partially hanging over the gap.

Read more from the BBC.

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Friday, December 13, 2002 3:39 AM
I assmue this was a traveling coaster?? And why the heck didn't they do some test runs before opening it?

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Friday, December 13, 2002 3:41 AM

"It was fortunate for us that it was the last bit of the track instead of the middle of the loop the loopm section because if it was that we would have been killed." said Mr Williams.

Its great to know they still call it the "loop the loop". Do they always find the hilljack to interview when there is some sorta of disaster.

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Friday, December 13, 2002 3:43 AM
First of all, cool looking pier. Second of all, it sounds like the transfer track may not have been in the correct position. A gap at the end near the brakes sounds like a transfer track to me.

It reminds me years back of the Disneyland monorail driver who backed a monorail off the end of the track when the transfer had not switched.

Lots of European folks still call the element a loop the loop or loop di loop. It is common. *** This post was edited by wahoo skipper on 12/13/2002. ***

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Friday, December 13, 2002 4:01 AM
Could this be our jumping coaster? ;)

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Friday, December 13, 2002 4:10 AM
Obviously it is shown here, the jumping coaster does not work.

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Friday, December 13, 2002 4:18 AM
"By God we're going to run that thing on media day, whether it's done or not!"

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Friday, December 13, 2002 4:57 AM

Yeah, The jumping coaster. It can be done, Watch Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom :)

Chuck

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Friday, December 13, 2002 4:58 AM
3D view of the pier. I clicked on this link but couldn't find it. Can someone post the url? *** This post was edited by Vernon on 12/13/2002. ***
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Friday, December 13, 2002 5:16 AM

BeastFreak suggested: "Obviously it is shown here, the jumping coaster does not work."

Ummm, it's not theoretically possible to prove that something CAN'T be done...In addition, I'd suggest that a *jumping coaster* not only CAN happen, but inevitably WILL. The fact that they already built an imperfect one nearly a century ago strongly indicates that it *could* be done. :)

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Friday, December 13, 2002 5:24 AM

www.bbc.co.uk/southerncounties/interactive/360_camera/choose_view.shtml

Enjoy Vernon ;)

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Friday, December 13, 2002 6:25 AM
I think the coaster in question is something like this one Here


*** This post was edited by onceler on 12/13/2002. ***

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Friday, December 13, 2002 7:15 AM

The coaster in question was indeed of the kind that Onceler points to. The local press claims that the person operating the ride simply did not realise the coaster was out of operation for maintenence! Hard to believe, I know!

The thing I found amusing was the compensation the passengers were offered: A free re-ride!!!!....presumably after the missing section of track had been replaced!

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Friday, December 13, 2002 7:53 AM

Thats crazy!! Yeah, guess nobody tests rides anymore before they open them.

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Friday, December 13, 2002 9:02 AM

this site has pics:

http://www.meridiantv.com/artman/publish/article_1724.shtml

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Friday, December 13, 2002 9:06 AM

"They were offered a free ride as compensation — but turned it down."

"No thanks, I've SEEN how you operate this thing"...;)

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Friday, December 13, 2002 9:13 AM
http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2002571780,00.html

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Friday, December 13, 2002 9:22 AM

This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Where was this coaster built and what idot decided not to run an empty train like THE REST OF THE WORLD DOES??!!!?!?!?! Ugh, what is this world comming to?-------------
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Friday, December 13, 2002 9:49 AM
How dare they call that thing a coaster? I mean, I think you guys have made it pretty clear a coaster has to be a full circuit! Maybe they have not read coasterbuzz.

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Friday, December 13, 2002 9:51 AM
i have been on this coaster many times as brighton is about 20 minutes drive from me, and i know that this ride has a MCBR. so why was this not activated by the ride attendant when they noticed the track missing? and the ride is NOT a travelling coaster, it has been in the same place on the pier for about 5 years or so

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