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Corkscrew at Alton Towers

Corkscrew was a steel roller coaster manufactured by Dutch company Vekoma to a design by Arrow Dynamics. The coaster was located in the Ug Land area of Alton Towers in Staffordshire, England. It was the park's oldest ride and is considered the greatest factor in promoting the new theme park to the British public. It was one of the first double-inverting coasters in Europe (the first in the UK), so it received much publicity and avid popularity in the 1980s. On 4 April 1980 The Corkscrew opened to a crowd of 30,000. It became the main attraction of the park, and lead to attendance numbers doubling from 500,000 in 1979 to over 1,000,000 in 1980. It was a Vekoma MK1200 Corkscrew with Bayern curve. The track was yellow, the supports were black, the cars were red, white, blue and black and the station was blue and white.

In 2005, Rita was built, (Then called Rita: Queen of Speed), as well as there being several other changes to the park. This resulted in Corkscrew becoming dated and eventually a decreasingly popular attraction of the park. Customers also reported that due to its age, it had become increasingly uncomfortable to ride.

In October 2008 after 28 years of service, Alton Towers confirmed that the ride was to be dismantled at the end of the 2008 season, to make room for the 2010 attraction TH13TEEN, then named Secret Weapon 6.

On 9 November 2008 the park held a special event in honour of the attraction in which the Corkscrew completed the final circuit of its 730 m track. The official date for the last day in regular service was 2 November 2008 - the last day of the season.

After being dismantled, the section of track which formed the two iconic corkscrew inversions was saved and is now proudly displayed at the entrance to the park near the ticket booths.

The Ride Edit

Corkscrew POV Alton Towers

Corkscrew POV Alton Towers

Alton Towers Corkscrew POV

The ride started by a slow ascent of 75ft (22m). Once it had reached the top, the car went round a turn and down the 68ft drop reaching 44 m.p.h. The train then pulled through a camel hump and a 180 degree turn before entering the two Corkscrew inversions. Once the train exited the two inversions it then went around a 180 degree turn and into some trim brakes (In the latter years the brakes weren't needed as much). After that the train went across another camel hump and in to the bayerncurve (a helix type manoeuvre) and around the perimeter of the coaster again before going into the brakes and station.