The Smiler

The record-breaking The Smiler roller coaster has reopened at Alton Towers after being forced to close on October 27 when a bolt fell from the ride's track.

The bolt landed on the X-Sector toilet block that sits underneath part of The Smiler's circuit, damaging a roof tile as seen in this image posted to the TowersStreet Facebook page. Whereas a similar incident in July caused The Smiler to be closed for several days, on this occasion it reopened within hours after the bolt was replaced.

The Smiler has suffered lengthy periods of downtime throughout its first season at Alton Towers, having opened in May following a two-month delay. The coaster had been closed at lunchtime during the week preceding the popular Halloween Scarefest events, presumably to enable maintenance work to take place with the aim of avoiding further unplanned closures.

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.


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