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Alton Towers Almanac: Gallery: February 26th 2005
ATAGalleryConstructionRita - Queen of Speed › February 26th 2005
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One of the Ug Land entrance arches, now with two foghorns attached.
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Looking through the famous corkscrews, at the new backdrop of Rita.
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A close up of the much brighter yellow colour of Corkscrew this year.
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Train 2, which was delivered on Thursday. Note that it's on track out the back of the maintenance shed!
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A closer look at the back of the second train.
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Here we take a look at the wheel mounting of the second train.
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The second train seems to be a different colour to the first one - this one is a purple colour as opposed to the dark blue of Train 1.
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The inside of the maintenance shed, still under construction.
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Rita's maintenance shed, the track, and Corkscrew, all tightly packed together.
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One of Corkscrew's trains, sat in the ride's brake run. It was put back onto the track on Thursday.
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Looking up the disabled access ramp of Corkscrew, with Rita towering above you.
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From Corkscrew's lift hill, we take a look across at Rita's train 1 in the launch area, as well as the first brake section above it.
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Looking at Corkscrew's second corkscrew, looking fantastic now it's had a lick of paint.
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From this vantage point, you can see much of Rita's track circuit, and the work going on below.
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Another look at Rita's train, as work continues on the station platform.
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Corkscrew is still having its station canopy redone, and you can see work continuing on Rita's queue line in the background.
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Rita's final turn and maintenance shed. The shed has been constructed using steel from the now dismantled Cave Games building.
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With the steelwork in place and the trains on track, it won't be long before Rita starts the testing process.
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This turn will get the adrenaline pumping as you fly past Corkscrew at high speed.
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In this shot you can make out the Ug Land entrance arch, and also another "flaming tyre" motif on top of Rita's on-ride photo shop, if you look carefully.
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One of the Corkscrew trains, which has not been re-themed for the new season. However, head padding will be added to one of the trains for 2005, which some people may be relieved to hear!
     
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