AIR continues to grow at Alton Towers

Posted Monday, September 10, 2001 5:01 AM | Contributed by Coaster Xtreme

Construction on the lift of B&M's first flying coaster is nearly complete.

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Monday, September 10, 2001 5:30 AM
FOXY!
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Monday, September 10, 2001 5:35 AM
Nice!

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Monday, September 10, 2001 6:10 AM
What's the deal with the track color difference?
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Monday, September 10, 2001 8:32 AM
The reason for the difference in track colour is because of the strict planning permission which Alton Towers encounters. Due to these restrictions the track has been painted a dull colour to blend in with the trees just like the Corkscrew at Alton Towers but I only see the lifthill having this irregular paint job, the rest (hopfully!) will be of a more attractive colour.

Andy Simpson - One Click

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Monday, September 10, 2001 11:32 AM
They should just be glad that they have the park there! What is with all the regulations? Is there an airport nearby or something?
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Monday, September 10, 2001 11:54 AM
I've read that the lught green was actually a sealer of some kind.  The track color is much darker.
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Monday, September 10, 2001 12:17 PM
I have heard that the track is to be dark green throughout.  The planning restrictions are so that you can't see much if any of the coasters from outside the park.  A. Because some people don't like it and B. So that it doesn't spoil the countryside.  As for an airport?  I don't think the cows would like the noise, or rather, what is left of them. *** This post was edited by fozi999 on 9/10/2001. ***
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Monday, September 10, 2001 12:21 PM
I don't know what AIR will look like but a B&M Flying coasters has to be awesome!
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Monday, September 10, 2001 12:42 PM
This looks interesting. Nuff said.
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Monday, September 10, 2001 1:34 PM
bigkirby said - They should just be glad that they have the park there! What is with all the regulations? Is there an airport nearby or something?

The regulations are there because of Alton Village nearby, the village is actually a small distance from the park, but the residents dont want the park to build high rising structures so it ruins the countyside, and they are afraid they will hear the rides from their homes. I think it was when Alton installed Corkscrew(which does go over tree height) and yet at that time, the rule was'nt enforced on the park, of course the residents was'nt too happy about this and complained to the council, this is when they forced the park not to build any more rides over tree height, the reason why Corkscrew hasnt been removed is because of the simple fact it was put in before the rule, The council cannot touch the ride or force Alton to get rid of it. Also whenver Alton apply for a new ride nowadays, The Residents are allowed to see the plans and express their views, Most go through with no problems thankfully though. They also have to apply for a special licence each year to stay open late for their Fireworks weekends.
Strict Rules I know, but Alton simply work around that rule by building their rides down instead of up, It works to their advance, you have some unique B&M rides here and other rides that are underground a bit(Black Hole goes underground slighty) and AIR will be no exception with the tunnels and being mostly low to the ground

AIR will be simply amazing(I hope so anyway) Its having an outside corkscrew, 3 trains with double station for improved capasity, station underground and A Dive Under the Monorail for its Drop, I am putting my faith into Alton for delivering another Superb Unique B&M Coaster

Paul - Who wishes it could be March 16th 2002 tomorrow ;)

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Monday, September 10, 2001 2:16 PM
I predict this coaster will put Alton over the top and make it the #1 "wish I could go there but I'm too far away" destination park. It looks awesome!
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Monday, September 10, 2001 2:41 PM
What PaulD said was right...The restrictions are that any new coaster build at Alton Towers must not be able to see it from a far distance, so any coaster should not be taller than the tree tops, and also with dark colors to hide the coaster on the trees. That is why Nemesis had to be build on a hole in the ground, so the lift hill could no be seen at far, that is why it has so many tunnels and underground parts through the ride, and I think that is what makes this ride so good.
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Monday, September 10, 2001 9:52 PM
I see why the people of the nearby village want to have that done to the park, but that kind of sucks.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2001 4:17 AM
I remember reading about John Wardly tying a balloon to a string, raising it up and seeing if people outside the park could see it.  that way they would know the highest height that the coaster could be, but it just sounds silly to me.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2001 1:42 PM
Hey they get 3 B&M coasters in one park. Not bad...
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