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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:44 pm

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SpinballEdders wrote:
Another photo from Theme Park Guide

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Anyone notice the Green and Yellow pattern on the inside?


just doesnt look big enough to hold the coaster it self or the entrance on and off the ride and the exit point.


It does look small on the photo but just look at how small the blue crane thing inside it looks. The picture is quite deceiving.
 
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:21 am

I never actually noticed that the dome was on raised land, I always assumed they dug down to fit the ride in there..the more you know! :lol:
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:23 pm

RustyRider wrote:
I never actually noticed that the dome was on raised land, I always assumed they dug down to fit the ride in there..the more you know! :lol:


Surely it is both dug down and on raised land.
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:28 pm

Yeah your probably right, looking at the picture I assumed it was on raised land , but more than likely that "raised land" was actually level and they just dug down, and levelled it out.
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:41 pm

i wonder when it will be all gone?
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:44 pm

Well I'm no expert but its taken them a few weeks just to remove the canvas so I wouldn't imagine the frame will be down before June.

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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:01 pm

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i wonder when it will be all gone?


Give it two weeks and the whole structure will be down...

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Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:06 pm

Not seen any pictures but word is they started taking down the frame today.
 
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:28 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHptMyxk ... re=g-all-u

If you go to 0:39 of that, there's a picture of the Black Hole site but without the frame...


Has it been taken down that quickly?
 
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:47 pm

Yup, it's going quickly! Here are the images Starbugger pointed out, from ThemeUK.

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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:51 pm

starbugger1303 wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHptMyxk ... re=g-all-u

If you go to 0:39 of that, there's a picture of the Black Hole site but without the frame...


Has it been taken down that quickly?


Well that's me told then! :P

It it just me or does anyone else think the Black Hole structure looks pretty cool without the canvas on it?

Imagine if they had built the SW7 track through that...
 
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:07 pm

We would have all moaned about them using cheap theming options :D
 
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:33 pm

:shock: Wow. They're certainly not wasting any time in taking the frame down, are they?!
 
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:24 am

So weird to see it gone!
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:30 am

Wow. I think this is the first time we've ever seen that area without the BH tent, is it not?  Not aware of any old photos showing the area pre-tent.

It's a strange thing to see!
 
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:48 am

alee289 wrote:
i wonder when it will be all gone?


I'm reckoning early May.

It seems so eerie and empty. Would be awesome to see it's old queueline right now.

Do we know when/if the overgrown plants will be cut?
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:18 pm

What is it with AT and wooden sheds ? Were wooden sheds the shipping containers of the tussauds era ?
 
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:28 pm

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What is it with AT and wooden sheds ? Were wooden sheds the shipping containers of the tussauds era ?


Pretty much...yeah. i remember quite a few back in the day of Tussauds. Ah...the good old days!

I'm off there next weekend, hopefully there'll be at least a little bit remaining. Twas one of the icons of my childhood, so it'll be sad to see it go, even though I was always too scared to ride it!
 
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Fri Apr 27, 2012 3:23 pm

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What is it with AT and wooden sheds ? Were wooden sheds the shipping containers of the tussauds era ?


I'd take a shed over a shipping container any day... Tussauds magic  :lol:

Love to know whats inside them, or what they were used for?
 
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:13 pm

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Wow. I think this is the first time we've ever seen that area without the BH tent, is it not?  Not aware of any old photos showing the area pre-tent.

It's a strange thing to see!


These are the best I could do.  Scans from The Alton Towers Guide by Sunflower Books, first published in 1985.

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If I'd have known something was afoot back in 1983, I'd have taken more photos  :)

P.S.  Sorry for kind of going off-topic.
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