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Alton Towers Almanac: Gallery: January 28th 2005
ATAGalleryConstructionRita - Queen of Speed › January 28th 2005
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On the wall in the Press Office, you can see some images of Rita's logo.
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Near the entrance to Ug Land, the "tusks" that supported the entrance sign are lying on the ground waiting to be re-installed once the majority of the work has been carried out.
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Rita's on-ride photo shop, under construction near the entrance of Ug Land on the left hand side as you walk in.
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Work on the station is progressing at a fast rate.
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A look at the area behind the station.
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Builders hard at work contructing the station.
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Looking towards the hydraulics building, which is being painted.
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Looking down the launch towards the station, you can see how much headroom there will be for the public walking beneath it.
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A closer look at the yellow hydraulics building. It currently has no roof to allow the larger and heavier components to be lowered in by crane.
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A "cherry picker" is getting ready to put track sections into place.
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A close-up of part of the launch mechanism, near where the track passes over the hydraulics building.
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Looking towards Corkscrew, and also the ride's on-ride photo booth.
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Large footers close to Corkscrew's station.
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Looking towards where Bone Shaker used to be placed.
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Plenty of work being carried out on the hydraulics building.
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A close-up of one of the massive footers. This one goes a full 6 metres into the ground!
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The supports for the first banked turn are up already. Note that one support will be attached to two sections of track.
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A side-on look at the hydraulics building.
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A closer shot of the supports by the first turn.
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This shot demonstrates just how large the hydraulics building has to be to make the ride go to 100km/h in less than three seconds.
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Looking towards the launch section, from the rear of the site.
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Those supports in closer detail.
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The repainted Corkscrew. Notice the absence of the queue line.
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The Corkscrew station, which has had work done on it to accommodate the fact that Rita will get very close to it.
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A side-on look at the launch.
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More footers. The springs at placed where the track "stress" will be at its highest.
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From Corkscrew's lift hill, you can clearly see Rita's ride photo shop, complete with chequered flags.
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A fantastic view of the construction site.
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From this vantage point, you can see the hole in the roof of the hydraulics building.
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From here, you can see how close Rita comes to Corkscrew. Also note the platform for Rita's brake run.
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A cherry-picker works to continue repainting Corkscrew.
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Another overview of the construction site.
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In this shot, you can see that the majority of Corkscrew's repaint is now finished.
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Look how close one of Rita's footers is to Corkscrew's station platform! There used to be a queue line there...
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Looking back towards Rita's station platform.
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Underneath the launch, looking towards the station. Guests will get a fantastic view as the train roars directly above their heads!
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And from the same spot, we look the other way towards where the first bend will be.
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Work is going on inside the hydraulics building to make way for the parts that will be fitted inside.
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This massive drum is one of the many components that will drive the launch.
 
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