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Nemesis
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Alton Towers
Location Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK
Park section Forbidden Valley
Status Operating since March 19, 1994
Cost aprox. £10,000,000
Statistics
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer / calculations John Wardley
Type Steel - Inverted
Model / product Inverted Coaster
Riders per train 32
Hourly capacity 1,400
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height42 feet
Drop104 feet
Top speed50 mph
Length2,349 feet
Inversions4
Steepest drop40°
Duration1:20
G-force4G
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Nemesis is a steel inverted roller coaster located at Alton Towers in Staffordshire, England, UK. Built by Bolliger & Mabillard, it opened in 1994 and was the first inverted roller coaster outside of North America.

Design[edit]

Elements

Nemesis has four inversions which twist around the ground, trees and the 'river of blood'. The entire ride is built partially into the ground to keep it below the treeline. Nemesis has a pre-drop, a feature employed by the ride manufacturer to reduce strain on the lift hill. When it first opened, Nemesis' track was painted an off-cream colour and its supports were painted black. When the ride was repainted in 2016, the track became white with a rust effect.

Trains[edit]

2 trains with 8 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train.

Trivia[edit]

The opening in 1994 of Big One, Nemesis and Shock Wave at Drayton Manor resulted in 1994 being celebrated by UK parks and fans as the "Year of the Rollercoaster".[1]

There were originally two other plans for Nemesis (called Secret Weapon 1 and Secret Weapon 2). The first was scrapped due to height restrictions and the second was a pipeline roller coaster. John Wardley, designer of Nemesis, rode a prototype but found it to have a lack of energy. This is when Nemesis, or Secret Weapon 3 as it was then known, was designed.

A sister roller coaster was built at Thorpe Park, named Nemesis Inferno, another B&M inverted coaster themed around a volcano. There is also another ride, called Nemesis: Sub Terra built in 2012. This is an ABC rides dark tower drop themed around the Nemesis creature's egg. Many special effects are used, with the tower drop element only being a small part of the entire experience.

Reception[edit]

Golden Ticket Awards: Best Steel Coaster
Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ranking 14 19 18 7 17 16 16 14 13 20 18 12[2] 16 20
Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll: Steel
Year 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Ref.
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