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Alton Towers Almanac: Gallery: Rita - Queen of Speed
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Please note that all of the photographs shown were taken with the park's permission. You should not attempt to enter these areas yourself without prior consent.
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Inside the hydraulics shed, you can see the massive steel drum that pulls the winch cable.
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When a launch happens, there is a quick and almost voilent noise as the drum spins, and then nothing for a second or so, until you hear the train rumbling above you at 60mph!
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Looking down the hydraulics shed room. At the end of the room is a computer with software monitoring and logging every single launch.
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A look at the screen of the computer with all the launch information, updated live as the trains roar above.
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We move past the viewing window and into the room that houses the drum.
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Looking at the huge structure, with the many pipes sticking out of it.
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Looking at the drum from another angle.
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One of the rooms in the hydraulics shed has this diagram on the wall.
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Looking down the Rita launch track, from the back of the loading platform
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From the track crossing platform looking down towards the launch.
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Looking down the launch from the tubular track.
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Another shot looking down the launch from the track crossing platform.
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A slightly lower view of the launch track.
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The catch car is clearly visible in the foreground - it is used to pull the train forward to 60mph in just over 2 seconds.
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At the end of the offload platform, looking down towards the station.
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Train 2 sat in the station.
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Looking down the train full of water-filled test dummies, towards the launch section.
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Looking down the launch track from the front row of train 2.
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A head-on view of a Rita train.
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Another head-on view of a Rita train.
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Looking at the train sat in the station.
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A close-up of the highly decorative 'bonnet'.
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Looking up at the starting lights from the opposite side of the platform to the queue area.
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Looking inside the Rita garage from the brake run.
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Near the end of the launch section, looking towards Ug Swinger.
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We move forwards a bit and have another look.
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From the same position, looking back down the launch section of track.
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Looking from the control tower at the station platform.
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Looking from the control tower at the station platform.
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What the operator can see from the control tower.
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The Operator's console in the Rita Control Room.
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A closer look at the screen above the Operator's panel in the Rita control booth.
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A closeup of the screen on the Operator's console.
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The announcements console in the Rita control booth.
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The view of the launch section of track, from the steps by the control tower.
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The view of Rita launching, from the steps by the control tower.
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The view of Rita launching, from the steps by the control tower.
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The view the Operator gets of the starting lights.
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The launch of a train, seen from a ride assistant's perspective.
 
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