With temperatures rising over the past few days at Alton Towers Resort, construction on Secret Weapon 8 has been steadily progressing as the Resort’s first wooden rollercoaster continues to emerge from the site of former Flume. We take a look at the latest developments.

One of the most striking developments over the past couple of weeks has been the continued emergence of the metal framework at the Mutiny Bay end of the site for what is thought to be a large theming feature. Within the metal framework, wooden bents have been installed for the three times the track will pass through the structure. Metal brackets have also been added to the top of the framework in place so far, however at this stage it is not clear if this is for a further stage of metal work, or will form the support for some of the wooden track.

Some of the most significant progress on the site can be seen over by the station for the rollercoaster. The wooden bents and framework for the track can be seen both coming out towards where the lift hill will be, and also for the brake run of the wooden coaster which can be seen going down the side of and behind the station. Over by what will eventually be the lift hill, flat wooden panels have been erected for what plans show may be a small building.

Elsewhere on the site, extensive excavations have been carried out as work continues on the foundations for the rest of the track’s layout.

What are your thoughts on the latest progress on SW8? Make sure you have your say on the latest construction over on the Attraction Source Forum. As work continues on Alton Towers Resort’s first wooden rollercoaster, we’ll be sure to bring you all the latest updates.

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