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Alton Towers Almanac: Gallery: March 18th 2005
ATAGalleryConstructionRita - Queen of Speed › March 18th 2005
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One week until the ride is launched with Hotel guests on board, and the testing schedule is still very busy.
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A stunning photograph of Rita during testing, with one of Alton Towers' most famous icons, Corkscrew, in the foreground.
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Looking at the ride circuit from Corkscrew's station platform.
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Standing in Corkscrew's queue line. On the right is the ride's exit path, and over the fence to the left is Rita's queue line.
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The reason that there is a 7 foot fence on one side of Corkscrew's queue line, is to prevent queue jumpers from hopping over straight into Rita's queue line.
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This bunting has appeared today, inbetween the supports of Rita's first turn.
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Looking towards Ug Swinger from what will eventually be grass.
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Another shot showing the bunting that has been put in place. It has also been put on part of Corkscrew.
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Rita's three airtime hills, as seen from Corkscrew's queue line.
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Some of Corkscrew's theming, in contrast to the Rita hydraulics shed in the background.
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This shot, taken from Corkscrew's exit path, shows just how close Rita comes to Corkscrew's station roof.
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Looking towards Corkscrew, from the ride's exit path. Once again you will be able to walk under Rita as it flies past at high speed.
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From the same spot, we turn towards Rita's airtime hills.
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You can see from this shot that Corkscrew's station canopy is the same colour as Rita's track.
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We reckon Corkscrew's exit path could become very crowded in 2005, with guests stopping to buy on-ride photos and also staring at Rita overhead.
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The two roller coasters.
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One of the trains heading over the crest of the first airtime hill, during testing.
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A train heads towards the third airtime hill at great speed.
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Ug Swinger is now fully constructed, after just 2 weeks.
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Unlike previous years, the ride's operator cabin will no longer be in a booth on the platform. Now, a new cabin will be constructed to one side of the ride.
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The chairs have all now been attatched to the chains.
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This shot shows just how close Ug Swinger is to Rita's launch. And remember, those chairs swing outwards during operation...
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The restrictions sign next to the entrance of Rita's Single Rider Queue (SRQ).
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A No Entry sign for a staff-only area.
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Rita in fading daylight. The clock to the ride's opening is ticking...
     
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