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Alton Towers Almanac: Gallery: March 17th 2005
ATAGalleryConstructionRita - Queen of Speed › March 17th 2005
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Testing continues, including failed launch simulations. Note that the "starting lights" have been installed.
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Most of the area is now ready for guests, as you can see from this photo.
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The square block of concrete that had appeared recently has now been built on. This building will be a food stall for guests in the Rita queue line.
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A large crane lifted the food stall into place. It was then used to put the canopy back on Corkscrew's station.
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The park is very quiet at the moment. It will get a lot busier once Rita opens to the public...
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From the area next to Rita's maintenance shed, we look across the Corkscrew area towards Rita.
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Corkscrew's brake run to the right, and Rita's trim brakes above.
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A nice shot of Rita's track dominating the skyline.
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Corkscrew's brake run. Spot the Ribena Berry Bish Bash balls...
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The RBBB balls were put into a Rita train, so that Health & Safety could check where any loose items that fall from the ride would land.
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Looking from where Corkscrew's queue line used to be, towards Rita's station platform.
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The Single Rider and Priority queue line entrances, seen from the main queue line.
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A closer look at those themed starting lights, which we assume were made by Tussaud's Studios.
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One of the trains, seen from below the station platform.
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Looking down Corkscrew's brake run. Riders will get fantastic views of Rita during the ride circuit.
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Corkscrew has now started its annual testing regime.
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Ug Swinger is now looking more complete, as progress continues on constructing the new queue line.
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These bones used to be opposite Corkscrew's ride entrance before construction in Ug Land began. Now they lie on soil near where Ug Swinger is situated.
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Corkscrew's ride restrictions signs are now installed next to the queue line entrance.
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A train going at 60mph, at the end of the launch section.
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From the same standpoint, we look at a train halfway around the ride circuit, as it follows the earlier turn.
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Yet more foghorns... these ones being installed on Rita's hydraulics shed.
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Corkscrew's new canopy is now in place. Maroon replaces the old pale green, and the station barriers are to be painted in the same shade of red as the ones on Rita's platform.
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Rita's on-ride photo shop. Underneath you can see foghorns that were removed from the station platform, when it was realised that there wasn't enough clearance between them and the Sky Ride overhead.
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Looking towards the area from behind the Soakasaurus game.
     
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