The Smiler

Alton Towers' new roller coaster, The Smiler, is expected to return to action on June 5, 2013 having been forced to close after a train "stalled" on the track.

The ride only opened to the public on May 31, but was forced to close after a train came to a halt while traversing its unique "batwing" inversions. The incident occured prior to the park opening on June 4, and the entire X-Sector area was closed in order to enable machinery to be brought in to remove the train.

"Valleying" is not uncommon on new roller coasters, with factors such as varying track temperatures and train weights contributing to the problem. If testing goes to plan, The Smiler is expected to reopen to the public today.

The Smiler, which had previously been known by its codename of "SW7", has shattered the world record for the most inversions in a coaster's circuit with a total of 14. Its circuit also features two lift hills, and is located alongside the existing Oblivion roller coaster in the X-Sector area.

You can find out more about Alton Towers' new addition by reading Theme Park Tourist's in-depth review of The Smiler.

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