Astro Storm

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Astro Storm
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Brean Theme Park
Location Brean, Somerset, England, UK
Status Operating since 23 July 2011
Height restriction 48 inches (122 cm)
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Name Space Invader 2
Location Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Operated 21 August 1984 to 2008
Statistics
Manufacturer Zierer
Product Four Man Bob
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Enclosed
Propulsion Tire propelled lift
Chain lift hill
Inversions 0
Duration 1:30
Rolling stock
Manufacturer KumbaK (2004-present)
Zierer (1984-2003)
Riders per train 3
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Astro Storm is a steel enclosed roller coaster at Brean Theme Park in Brean, Somerset, England, UK. The ride opened at Blackpool Pleasure Beach on 21 August 1984, was closed in 2008 and it was relocated to Brean Leisure Park in mid-2010.

History

Space Invader 2 in 2009

Space Invader began operation in 1984.

The roller coaster underwent a refurbishment in 2004. KumbaK fitted a new lift drive and chain, magnetic brakes, a new control system and new cars. The refurbished ride opened as Space Invader 2 in April.[1][2]

On 8 September 2008, riders were evacuated from Space Invader 2, and the roller coaster did not reopen. The ride remained in place until 2010, when it was sold to Brean Theme Park.[3] The building that housed Space Invader 2 still stands today. Blue Flyer (formerly called the Little Dipper) passes through a tunnel contained within the building.

The roller coaster opened at Brean Theme Park on 23 July 2011 as Astro Storm.[4] A new structure was constructed around the roller coaster at Brean.

Design

Elements

Colour scheme

Black track and supports.

Trains

Single cars. Riders are arranged inline in 3 rows, for a total of 3 riders per car.

Incident

On 21 July 2000, 11-year-old Christopher Sherratt died after falling from the roller coaster and being hit by another car. An investigation found that the ride had been operating normally, and the boy must have been leaning out of the vehicle.[5]

Images

Photographs of Astro Storm in 2019.

References

External links


Articles on Blackpool Pleasure Beach
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