Yup, I agree with what you say there entirely if I'm honest, which is why I've not bothered to cover it until now. Three sources from the park, one at management level who we've known for some time. Who's to say it's not some twisted PR thing descended from senior management, or a case of Chinese whispers? It probably is.
I remain pretty much the same as stated, unless something is announced officially I'll assume it's not going anywhere, but the "what if" niggle in the back of my mind won't go away.
Alton staff are famous for saying things like that, and anyway, I've trained myself to be impervious to these rumours :P
What a lot of people seem to be forgetting is who the manufacturer of this ride are. B&M are extreme perfectionists, with both design, maintenance and build quality. They never half arse rides like Arrow did, and like a few other companies have done. They do things right the first time.
Arrow wern't half-arsed. They were just naturally hopeless :lol: Ron Toomer suffered motion sickness so could never ride coasters, so he didn't understand really how to design them.
With Nemesis being so popular and so highly regarded, they would just replace bits, the cost of doing so would be recovered compared to scrapping it. If they did that, visitor numbers would go through the floor, so the cost of keeping it open would be recovered.
Compared to Eagle's Fortress, Nemesis will last much longer. The manufacturer is better (and still around), Alton Towers' maintainance is excelent and the ride is increddibly popular around the world, so the park would do anything and everything in their power to keep it going.
When the time does come, however, I want something as innovative as Nemesis was. It was one of the very first inverts, so something equally as radical is needed, and it will need to be as forcefull and mad as Nemesis.