Rita – Queen of Speed Construction

///Rita – Queen of Speed Construction
Rita – Queen of Speed Construction 2017-02-26T15:46:57+00:00

In 2004 preparation began for an exciting new project, with rumours from a booster bike to a wooden coaster, but in April 2005 Rita opened as Europe’s first Intamin rocket coaster.

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Clearing work has begun to make way for the new coaster.

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Ug-Land is closed off to the public and looks extremely barren.

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Heavy machinery has been brought in to help with the clearance.

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Here, old Ug-Land theming has been removed and placed by a wall.

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Signs telling the public to keep out of the dangerous work-area.

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The rides are beginning to be dismantled to clear space.

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Clearance work is now well underway. Both the Ug-Bugs and Ug-Swinger have been removed.

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This shot clearly shows that the Ug-Swinger has been completely removed.

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The Ug-Bugs cars removed and being held in temporary storage.

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The old site of the Ug-Bugs has now been reduced to merely a kiosk.

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More items have started to arrive by the wall – also there is a new sign.

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Sign clearly stating “LAUNCH COASTER SITE ENTRANCE”.

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A sign has been erected. Could this suggest the RITA name is staying?

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This space by the wall is now packed with items for the construction.

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Work with the digger has begun near Corkscrew.

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The work continues with heavy machinery.

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Ug Land has been completely fenced off to the public.

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A look at Ug Land from the Skyride station.

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A view from the distance past the Skyride Station.

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The digger continues to excavate, moving further afield.

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The entire of Ug Land has been fenced off – right up to the arch!

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What was Ug Land is now simply a blank canvas, ready for RITA.

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A large clearing can easily be seen from the Skyride.

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What is meant to be concrete has been diluted by the rain.

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The large concrete area from a distance.

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Footers for the new ride are being installed.

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Could this long row of footers be the launch area?

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The area sectioned off is wide. Could this show the size of RITA?

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Another new sign for RITA has been erected.

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An advert for RITA on the Fireworks’ video screen.

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Footers continue to be installed around the site.

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The ride seems to run right alongside Corkscrew.

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Construction continues for what could be the launch area.

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Could this be where the track goes over itself to form the “8”?

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Oddly, the Ug-Land arcade still stands, yet theming has been removed.

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There has been further work to the large concreted area.

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Here we can see Ug-Land scenery near the wooded area where Ug Swinger was located, ready to be stored.

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The tree house scenery – possibly being installed again, but likely to be stored and maybe reused at a later date.

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There is a very large concrete pouring crane on site.

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Track starts to arrive.

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The distinctive Intamin track pieces in their delicious maroon colour.

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Supports ready to be erected.

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Large amounts of track being stored in Fountain Square near Hex.

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More pieces of the jigsaw delivered by lorry.

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A sign belonging to the construction team of the project.

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Intamin’s support structure waiting to be pieced together.

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An overview of just some of the precision engineered steel.

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Ug Land entrance – now serving as an entrance for plant machinery.

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What looks to be a support for some kind of inversion.

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These are some transport wheels, perhaps for the brake run.

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A picture of some of the plans for the ride.

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Possibly the launch section of track.

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Possibly something hydraulic – a piston of some sorts.

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Some large nylon wheels hidden by metal and wood.

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More track in Fountain Square.

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First views of constructed track. She looks stunning in ruby red!

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Looking towards Corkscrew with Rita in the foreground.

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Another view of Rita’s launch.

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The launch section of track, still being worked on.

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New and old – here we see Corkscrew and Rita.

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Footers ready to receive metalwork.

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A building, possibly to contain the hydraulics.

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The first turn after launch may go here in this cleared section of land!

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A general view of the site with Corkscrew in the background.

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Another general view of the site.

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A crane working on the track.

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Again, new and old – Rita and Corkscrew.

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More Corkscrew and Rita.

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Yes, you guessed it, Corkscrew and Rita.

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Tea break? We believe this might be roughly where the station will be.

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A view of the site, looking back towards the towers.

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The site where the Boneshaker once stood, behind the big tree.

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Delivered track ready to be erected, currently sitting in the car park.

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More track and supports in the car park.

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Rita from Fountain Square.

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The first airtime hill from a distance.

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Looking past the old Ug-Land sign.

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Scenery objects are arriving – this is the queue line entrance.

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A part-train is on the tracks!

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Behind the lorry, “Race Control” and the launch can be seen!

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Here, the old shops and sign post can be seen – will they be staying?

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You can just see Rita’s shop and photo-shop on the left here!

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Rita’s launch, going into the first banked turn.

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Rita’s final turn, before returning back into the station.

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Another shot of a part-complete Rita train that we saw on the 15th.

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In this photo, we can clearly see the flame theming.

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A final photo of the part-train and you can see the name ‘Thunder Rock Rally’ on the race control building.

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Rita’s storage and maintenance area under construction.

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The last turn of Rita, with the partially constructed train on it.

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In the foreground – Corkscrew has had a repaint! In the background – Rita!

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A close up of the side of the train – here you can clearly see the restraints.

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The front of a Rita train! Looks a bit like an old American Dragster.

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The ride control panel.

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There is a lift up to the loading platform for disabled guests.

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This is a silo, used to store Silica Sand.

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Rita’s second train is being delivered.

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Construction of the station is now well underway.

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Alton Towers have clearly employed a “Dragster” theme for this ride.

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The final bend and Corkscrew in the background.

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Race Control of the “Thunder Rock Rally”.

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The race-track style megaphone suggest that sound effects could be used.

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The view from Corkscrew’s lift-hill – you can see most of Rita from here!

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An engineer works on the supports, which lie just inches from Corkscrew.

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The Rita shop and ride photo point – currently blocked by machinery.

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Rita herself from a distance.

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Swee-T-Rex is back for another season!

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Dino Derby is still there. YAY!

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Similar to the above picture – a general overview. Spot the difference!

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The new Ug-Land entrance sign – and very nice it is too!

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A close-up of the entrance sign – Thunder Rock Rally!

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Rita – the finished article.

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Rita’s main entrance.

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A view including theming, the main entrance and Rita herself.

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Much of Ug-Land’s pre-historic theming has been kept.

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Rita’s station from Corkscrew.

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Priority Pass holders and single riders entrances!

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Rita’s trains and restraints close up!

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The new Corkscrew entrance.

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The view of Rita looking through Corkscrew.

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Test dummies riding Rita! It’s not fair – we want a go!