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Alton Towers Almanac: Gallery: March 26th 2005
ATAGalleryConstructionRita - Queen of Speed › March 26th 2005
First Public Riders
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The control booth, seen from the station platform. Notice the curved mirror that allows the ride operator to see the entire platform at once.
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Looking towards the Ug Land entrance from Rita's station platform. The ride was open to hotel guests and members of the public for several hours today.
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The queue line at the point where the front row queue (on the right, empty) starts.
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The main queue is on the left now, with the Single Riders Queue to the right. The SRQ was not open today.
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Lucky guests board the new roller coaster for the first time.
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Looking down the platform. Note the staff member on the left stood in a "cage" to prevent any accidents as the ride moves from the offload to onload platform.
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The great view of Corkscrew that you get from Rita's station platform.
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Today, entertainers were being trialled in the area. We hope they are kept as they provided much amusement for guests queueing for Rita.
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One of the lovely ladies shows off for the camera.
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Entertainment for all the family...
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Guests nervously await their first ride on the launched coaster.
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As you near the station from the queue line, this sign tells you the dos and the don'ts for the ride.
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This sign was displayed at the entrance to the park.
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One of the loading bays on the platform, with a sign telling guests not to use mobile phones during the ride.
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The front of the train, which offers the best view of the ride.
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Underneath the launch, in the queue line. The boards above your head shake as a train flies above you.
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A train, just after being launched.
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Another board showing the loading instructions.
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The train as it is transferred from the offload platform to the onload platform. They were only running one train today.
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Waiting for guests to board the train.
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As the lights go green, the car is launched at a terrifying speed.
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A great view of Rita during a launch, taken from the Sky Ride.
   
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