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I realize this is an old game, but it's fun to pull out every once in awhile. However, I've found that I never make it very far into the game because I'll end up crashing one or more roller coasters on a particular level.

It doesn't seem to be avoidable. The crashes just happen eventually, even if your maintenance worker is checking it every 10 minutes. Every time this has happened, I can't recover or re-open the coaster after it's fixed. All I can do is delete the entire roller coaster, which can be costly and very annoying.

Is there any way (without using a cheat) to avoid the crash or recover after it?

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Totally thought this was about not being able to recover money after a crash because nobody wants to ride it. Maybe a word besides "recover" would be more appropriate? –  ZAD-Man Jan 21 '14 at 23:43

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Try switch to the red flag and click the red flag again, It worked for me in R.C.T.2 but I am sure it should work in the first version too.

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Yes, exactly, had this thought some time after posting my answer. Pressing once stops, pressing a second time resets the ride. Deleting my answer, this one is the correct one. –  Gnoupi Jul 9 '10 at 10:03
Added bonus: you can do this before the ride crashes (pause every time you get a "broken down" message, then go see if it's a station brake failure). –  Rawling Sep 27 '11 at 11:36

An easy way to avoid a crash is to place brakes before the station platform. Also, it's best to have a mechanic that fixes only that ride. If your roller coaster crashes, double-click the stop light to reset it. This will reopen it, but more than likely no one will want to go on it because "It isn't safe." Best thing to do is to save frequently andd just load a file after it crashes.

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Welcome to the site, Phillip! I think that guests' fear of the coaster will go down, over time. In the near term, you might have to cut ride admission pretty severely to get any return from it. –  Raven Dreamer Sep 27 '11 at 2:35

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