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Grand National

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roller coaster
Grand National
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Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Location Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Status Operating since 1935
Height restriction 48 inches (122 cm)
Statistics
Builder Charles Paige
Type Wooden - Möbius
Riders per train 18
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height62 feet
Top speed40 mph
Length3,302 feet
Inversions0
Duration2:20
HELP

Grand National is a wooden roller coaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in Blackpool, England.[1] It was designed and constructed by Charles Paige. Grand National opened in 1935, replacing the Scenic Railway. It is the only Möbius loop roller coaster in the UK, and one of only 5 in the world.

History[edit | edit source]

The Grand National opened in 1935. At the time it was the biggest roller coaster at the park. The ride was built by Charles Paige, and the station was designed by Joseph Emberton, an architect of many Pleasure Beach buildings during the 1920s and 30s.[2]

In the early 1990s, Andy Hine, the chairman of the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain, was married on the ride. A plaque with his name is installed on one of the trains.

On 20 May 2004, an electrical fault in the lighting system of the roof of the station caused a fire which destroyed the entire station and both the trains, as well as damaging two nearby rides.[3] The station was rebuilt and new trains were installed. The ride re-opened on 28 October 2004 after repairs were completed.

At the start of 2010 Pleasure Beach staff said that due to an electrical fault the ride had, it would not run for some time. However it was running again in July 2010.

Theming[edit | edit source]

The Grand National is themed and named after the horse race of the same name. The trains climb the lift hill and pass under the 'They're Off' sign and race through 'Becher's Brook', 'Valentine's' and 'Canal Turn' before returning to the 'Winning Post'.

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