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Second train is lowered in.

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Towerstimes forum.

Also they're making a path towards the Marmaliser.

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Towerstimes forum.

 

Who knows perhaps 2 train testing soon?

 

Update: Train number 3 is on in the air:

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Towerstimes facebook.

Wonder how many are still to come. There is room for 5 trains (4 in the maintenance shed 1 outside), So are we going to see 5 or 4 trains.

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This is exactly the ride that Alton Towers need. Not something that relies on cheap gimmicks, not something that is so world-first that it's the least they could have got away with - something that is out-and-out thrilling, a good length and something that the UK audience will lap up.

 

It may not be a smooth B&M or Mack and nor may it have the grace of some other rides, but pound for pound, I think it's going to be a great addition to the park. The theming is also crazy, totally unique - and I cannot wait to ride next week.

 

The airtime hills looks awesome!

 

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Daybreak Weather Correspondent got to be the first to ride. Here is the ridercam footage!

 

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Looks absolutely INSANE! But I'm missing an inversion. I only counted 13... is there one in the building?

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Daybreak Weather Correspondent got to be the first to ride. Here is the ridercam footage!

 

 

Looks absolutely INSANE! But I'm missing an inversion. I only counted 13... is there one in the building?

There is one barrel roll before the lift. You can see it in the early construction images before it was enclosed.

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Daybreak Weather Correspondent got to be the first to ride. Here is the ridercam footage!

 

 

Looks absolutely INSANE! But I'm missing an inversion. I only counted 13... is there one in the building?

 

That video was posted a couple of pages back, but yeah as everyone says the 14th inversion is prior to the first lift hill. Word (as mentioned on the last page) is that they are aiming to get the coaster to duel with itself, don't know if this is good enough for a World's first but apparently they have said that the inversion count isn't it.

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^^It looks awfully rough for a brand new ride. Could be something to do with the way they mounted the camera, but it seemed to rattle pretty badly all the way through in the video.

 

Rough? Looks pretty smooth for a ride with 14 inversions all taken at high speeds. The only part that looks a bit to snappy would be the exit to the Cobra Roll. The last two inversions imparticular look glass smooth! The true test of time will be if it can stay like that or if it will get unbearably rough.

 

Can't wait to ride on the 23rd!

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^^It looks awfully rough for a brand new ride. Could be something to do with the way they mounted the camera, but it seemed to rattle pretty badly all the way through in the video.

I would agree with the issue being the camera mount. The journalist did a lot of shuffling back and forth, and every ride has at least a little bit of vibration. I've never ridden a perfectly smooth steel coaster.

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I have looked for pictures of the track with the barrel roll befor it was enclosed and am unable to find. Are you able to post one please?

Daybreak Weather Correspondent got to be the first to ride. Here is the ridercam footage!

 

 

Looks absolutely INSANE! But I'm missing an inversion. I only counted 13... is there one in the building?

There is one barrel roll before the lift. You can see it in the early construction images before it was enclosed.

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I have looked for pictures of the track with the barrel roll befor it was enclosed and am unable to find. Are you able to post one please?
Daybreak Weather Correspondent got to be the first to ride. Here is the ridercam footage!

 

 

Looks absolutely INSANE! But I'm missing an inversion. I only counted 13... is there one in the building?

There is one barrel roll before the lift. You can see it in the early construction images before it was enclosed.

Here from a Towerstimes update. Between the steel you can see it.

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Daybreak Weather Correspondent got to be the first to ride. Here is the ridercam footage!

 

[vimeo]

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Looks absolutely INSANE! But I'm missing an inversion. I only counted 13... is there one in the building?

 

^^It looks awfully rough for a brand new ride. Could be something to do with the way they mounted the camera, but it seemed to rattle pretty badly all the way through in the video.

 

It's absolutely the way they mounted the camera. They did such a shitty job with this "first" video of the ride.

 

I'd understand if it was from some enthusiast or something, but it pains me to see such terrible quality video by people who produce for television! The GoPro was so poorly mounted causing all that warping and distortion, let alone the noise of the plastic casting vibrating. Especially when it's so EASY to mount a GoPro and produce BEAUTIFUL footage! It's great to have video of the ride, finally, but people who do this kind of thing professionally should be embarrassed by the quality of video they produced.

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Can't wait for you to come and mount the TPR GoPro's on this next time you visit. The footage will come out superb. If your footage of those horrible rough knock off SLC's can come out silky smooth then there'll be no worries for Smiler!

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It's absolutely the way they mounted the camera. They did such a shitty job with this "first" video of the ride.

 

I'd understand if it was from some enthusiast or something, but it pains me to see such terrible quality video by people who produce for television! The GoPro was so poorly mounted causing all that warping and distortion, let alone the noise of the plastic casting vibrating. Especially when it's so EASY to mount a GoPro and produce BEAUTIFUL footage! It's great to have video of the ride, finally, but people who do this kind of thing professionally should be embarrassed by the quality of video they produced.

 

I thought exactly this, there's no way the ride would be that rough unless the camera was mounted really poorly. A couple of friends of mine who do freelance camera work for a lot of media organisations such as BBC and ITV spoke to me about how badly the camera must have been mounted, which in turn ruins the picture, and the sound when the two are put together, and makes the whole experience presented very badly to the people that Alton Towers want to ride it.

 

If I had just blown £18 million on a record breaker, I'd want any promo or media coverage to look damn good to make sure that my potential clientele don't get the wrong idea about the ride. If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well. If it isn't, leave to the people who really know what they're doing!

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