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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:48 pm

I guess it's the footers that take the longest to do as they have to be set bang on.
 
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:48 pm

Oh god this is too good. Will definitely hit up Alton Towers at Halloween, and will be massively excited to check this out. Will a lot of track work happen over closed period, likely, or will some be done before closing? Apart from Thirteen what were the other recent rides/coasters construction periods like?
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Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:51 pm

ReZourceman wrote:
Oh god this is too good. Will definitely hit up Alton Towers at Halloween, and will be massively excited to check this out. Will a lot of track work happen over closed period, likely, or will some be done before closing? Apart from Thirteen what were the other recent rides/coasters construction periods like?


You will find that they will attempt to do as much as possible through closed season. But you have to remember that there also the worst seasons for work. So they will compromise by also doing as much as possible before hand. It takes a lot of time and effort planning to build things to a schedule and even worse when trying to keep things secret.
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Fri Jun 15, 2012 11:31 pm

From memory I think the track is nearly always complete before closed season. Th13teen's outdoor section definitely was because the only remaining track piece (the freefall drop) was lowered into position 2 days after the season ended. Saw's track was completed early October. The Swarm was the latest (if Wikipedia is to be believed), completed on the 23rd of November but I seem to recall most the visible track was in place when the park closed.
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Sat Jun 16, 2012 7:32 pm

Photos from today

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This is an area that has been cleared at the back towards the access road, There looks like a small building being built back there but you cant see it on any of the photos, just occasionaly through the trees.
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View from the bottom of the site (by the gates)
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view from the bottom looking parrallel to the gates
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View towards the back of the old queue line
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And finally a view from the other end
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Sun Jun 17, 2012 2:36 pm

Excellent pics! Really exciting to see progress!
 
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Sun Jun 17, 2012 2:59 pm

What is that last picture of?
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:01 pm

Looks like an old tunnel you used to walk though or something like that.
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Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:23 pm

I think that's the back of the Blackhole entrance, but could be wrong.
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Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:08 pm

Looks like the early signs of SW7 are finally starting to be seen judging by stretchy's photos. I'll try and get you all some pictures when I'm up there in about a month
 
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Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:01 pm

The last pic is taken from the spitball side of the toilets by the gents entrance. So basically the opposite of pic 1. It is of the other side of the entrance to the BH. The cylindrical section is all that's left of the the start of the bridge.
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:46 am

In the last pic, is that the "secret weapon inside" banner from SW6?? :?
 
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Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:12 pm

Chubba wrote:
In the last pic, is that the "secret weapon inside" banner from SW6?? :?


Good spot! I believe it is.


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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:29 pm

Hmm that is indeed a good spot! I wonder if they are planning to use that at some point...?

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Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:38 pm

Yes that would be correct. Maybe they will use it on site to cover / promote the new ride.
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Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:13 pm

Chubba wrote:
In the last pic, is that the "secret weapon inside" banner from SW6?? :?

HA! damn you've got good eyes.
i wonder when and where this will be put up?
 
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Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:03 pm

maybe the banner will be placed on the station building.
 
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:22 am

Surley they wont use it again!? If they do then thats a whole new level of lazyness from Merlin!
 
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Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:40 pm

I wouldn't say lazy, its not like it says Th13teen on it or owt - and 99% of people seeing it will not realise anyway - better than paying £50 and getting another one which will only be used for 6 months or so.
 
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:45 pm

Fair play!  :D so when do we think footers will start to be poured?

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