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Techno Jump Requires New Slew Ring
Posted By Chris on Friday 11th September 2009 @ 12:17 PM | Filed Under: Maintenance

Techno Jump Requires New Slew Ring

In June 2008, Leisure Technical Consultants reported their concerns regarding areas of Techno Jump that had become cracked. This is due to the level of stress that is put onto the various components of the ride during operation.

More fatigue cracks were reported in April 2009, revealing a 50mm long crack found on the circumferential weld securing the base of one of the Centre Hub Vertical Columns. The full extent of the damage to the Lifting Cylinder Attachment Brackets was only determined when the paint was removed.

Leisure Technical Consultants are a third party company which specialises in inspecting rides for a number of theme parks and amusement parks around the world; including Fantasy Island. The park are therefore required to operate rides in accordance with strict safety standards and would not operate rides in an unsafe condition. Rides are serviced thoroughly on all occasions when necessary before being permitted to resume operation.

After ongoing monitoring of the affected components, it has been since determined that the slew ring is unserviceable. Therefore, the decision has been made for it to be replaced. The part is due to arrive soon. However, since the ride needs to be completely stripped down to install it, it can't be confirmed at this stage when the ride will reopen. More information can be found here and here.

Downtime: VI & Beast
Posted By Chris on Wednesday 18th July 2007 @ 10:52 PM | Filed Under: Maintenance

Downtime: VI & Beast

Between June 28th and July 7th, 2007, The Beast wasn’t operational whilst essential maintenance work was carried out. The period of closure was necessary as the gondola bearing of the Top Scan was being replaced. Last year, when the gearbox was replaced, the procedure took a similarly short period of time. The Beast has now re-opened.

In related news, Volcanic Impact is also subject to ongoing maintenance work. Speculation about the removal of the S&S Space Shot is unlikely as the ride takes up a relatively small footprint that would be difficult to replace with another thrill ride. The work being carried out is more likely linked to the replacement or removal of the remaining rails for the tilting seat function.

Coaster Trains Reinstalled
Posted By Barry on Tuesday 3rd April 2007 @ 2:20 PM | Filed Under: Maintenance

Coaster Trains Reinstalled

Trains for both Millennium Coaster and Jubilee Odyssey have now been reinstalled following their removal for the winter off season. Furthermore Millennium Coaster has now been fully tested is ready to reopen to the public this week. Odyssey is expected to begin testing any day now, and is expected to be open for the Easter weekend.

Fantasy Island have an history of failing to open their signature rides at the start of the season. Last season Odyssey did not open until May, neither did Absolutely Insane which is still not open for 2007. Easter is usually the time when most rides reopen and normality resumes - if we look at previous years all rides were open for Easter in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Along with the fireworks; this Easter looks set be one to remember!