Spinball Whizzer Construction

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Spinball Whizzer Construction 2017-02-26T15:46:57+00:00

In 2004, a new family roller coaster opened in Adventure land, located next to the corporate hospitality marquee and manufactured by the German company; Maurer Söhne.

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An advertisement for the new attraction located on the fence.

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Another advertisement giving away hints to the general public about the theming.

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A view of the construction fence, now taking up a large area in adventure land.

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Taken from Squirrel Nutty – a significant amount of clearance has taken place.

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You can see how close to the hospitality marquee the new coaster will be.

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These photographs look over the fence from Squirrel Nutty.

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New poster added to construction fence featuring an illustration of the trains and theming.

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No view holes in this fence, which is a surprise since Alton are being so open about this coaster.

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The same poster as the one found on the construction fence, found at the main entrance gate.

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Groundwork starts – preparation for footers begins!

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Metal for footer foundations can just be made out.

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View from Squirrel Nutty – overview of work-site.

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More clearance has taken place, as seen from Squirrel Nutty.

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Porter cabins have been erected near the hospitality marquee.

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The rest of the trees have been cleared in preparation for groundwork!

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Wooden and metal framework has been constructed to form concrete bases for the station.

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Here you can see the framework from an alternative angle.

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Concrete has already been poured in some places.

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Metal framework erected.

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Work on the station area commences.

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The advertisement sign up close.

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Some footers are now in place, whilst more concrete is being set for the station.

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More concrete grids are laid.

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More foundations for the station.

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Preparation for more groundwork continues.

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Groundwork at both ends of the site is taking place.

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As you can see most of the work is taking place near to the fence at present.

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Large foundation holes have started to appear.

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Many more footers have popped up.

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The station area is starting to take shape, lots more concrete poured.

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Here you can see how much concrete has actually been poured for the station area.

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The station structure begins to take shape.

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Here you can see an overview of the construction so far.

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As you can see, most the footers are now in place.

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You can start to get an idea of what the layout is really going to look like.

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The footers are much closer together than expected.

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Groundwork near the station continues – the base is looking fully concreted now.

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Groundwork has been leveled off.

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These footers are ready for support work to commence.

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More footers installed.

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The turquoise-green supports and the red track have finally arrived! You can see that the supports are protected from any damage with small pieces of foam wrap.

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Track erection has already begun; here you can see the brake run track.

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Construction on the lift hill has begun. Coaster track is being erected at the same time as the supports!

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The lift hill construction from other angles – you can also see the station track now in place!

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Here you can see the electronics for the chain lift.

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The station track is in place, with the its groundwork coming along nicely.

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Here you can see progression throughout the day on the erection of the lift hill. Construction is coming along very quickly; if this rate continues we estimate the full circuit will be completed in less than two weeks!

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Work continues on the station.

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Not really much to report in this area.

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From Adventure Land you can get an idea of just how big this ‘family coaster’ is going to be!

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Not much happening in the station, although the protective wrapping has been removed.

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There were no workmen on site today.

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The lift hill is now complete; you can now get an even better idea of how high this coaster will stand!

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A view of the lift hill from the adventure playground!

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In this picture you can see the support wire which is used to keep the structure vertical until construction finishes.

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Here you can see the stairway for the lift hill being put into place.

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By the end of the day the lift hill stairway was complete.

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The station structure begins to take shape.

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Track construction has come on dramatically. Here we can see the tight helix section.

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The over-banked turn now in place! Nearly as over-banked as the final turn on Millennium Force!

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As you can see, most of the track is now in place – the final major section not yet in place is the first drop.

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You can see the midcourse section from different angles.

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You may notice a few block brakes; these are needed as there are so many cars used on a spinning mouse ride.

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From this angle the track certainly doesn’t look like a ‘family coaster’.

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A metal duct has been attached to the side of this support of a block brake section, possibly to protect the wiring.

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Some uniquely shaped supports are popping up.

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Preparation for landscaping around the lift hill has started.

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The station is coming along nicely. Landscaping has already started around this area.

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Final pieces of track. We anticipate that they will finish the track fairly quickly, as it’s coming close to the icy cold time of year.

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You can now see Spinball from quite a distance!

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The rest of the cars sit waiting in the car park.

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Each one is wrapped and stored on a pallet.

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Eight cars are waiting in the car park.

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Possibly one of the nine, four-seater Spinball cars, but it’s more likely a test car sent by Maurer.

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Notice the evacuation steps from the mid-ride brakes dominating the ride.

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Looking in at the completed Spinball Whizzer, high banks and loads of drops!

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The first spiralling drop, drops straight into some brakes.

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Snow covers the untidy ground.

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A view of the whole ride.

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A view even further away.

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A close up of the helix.

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Some close-up pictures showing the finished track layout, without theming.

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As you can see, the site is still very much one of construction.

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Spinball Whizzer’s footprint seen from the lift hill.

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Construction for Spinball Whizzer’s shop has begun.

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Block paving for the area have arrived.

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The test car in the station.

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In this picture its obvious the car has been used lots which suggests it will be used for the purpose of testing only.

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Here you can see the queue path and the storage track.

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A close-up of the queue line behind the station.

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Here we can see the car seats up close.

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Here we can see the car wheels up close.

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A Spinball car finally on the track.

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Testing was in progress today.

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The queue paths.

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Two spinball cars are now on track.

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Here we can see the photo shop foundations.

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An overview of the site.

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A view from the Immelmann.

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Spinball is looking complete from this distance.

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Another view showing off the impressive Immelmann.

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On a test run, one of the cars valleyed!

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Six cars now on the track!

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A marquee tent, which looks fairly temporary, has popped up.

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Here you can see both cameras which will take a photo of each side of the car.

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Pathway bricks still being laid.

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A close up of the photo shop.

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Another building features in this shot, as well as the photo shop.

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Here we can see all the cars in the nearly complete station.

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In this photo you can see some theming painted on the floor.

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Here we can see the area being landscaped.