Rocket (Furuvik)

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Rocket in 2013.
roller coaster
Location Gävle, Gävleborgs, Sweden
Status Operating since May 21, 2011
Alton Towers
Location Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK
Operated 1983 to March 5, 2005
Replaced by Smiler
Manufacturer Schwarzkopf
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel
Model / product Jet Star II
Riders per train 6
Hourly capacity 900
Propulsion Electric spiral lift
Area 25 metres × 46.5 metres
Height13.5 metres
Length585 metres
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Rocket is a steel roller coaster located at Furuvik in Gävle, Gävleborgs, Sweden. The ride is a Schwarzkopf Jet Star II, and it previously operated at Alton Towers from 1983 to March 5, 2005 as the Black Hole.

History[edit | edit source]

The Black Hole tent in 2010, four years after the roller coaster was removed

When the ride was at Alton Towers, it was located in a giant canvas-covered building. It was modified by BHS to run two-car trains. Previously it ran single cars.[1] It closed on March 5, 2005[2] and was removed the following year, however the building containing the ride wasn't removed until 2012, to make way for the Smiler.

After a renovation from Gerstlauer,[3] the ride reopened at Furuvik on May 21, 2011.

Design[edit | edit source]

Trains[edit | edit source]

2 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged inline in 3 rows for a total of 6 riders per train. The ride was modified in 1988 by BHS to support trains with multiple cars. Normally Jet Star II models can only support single car trains.

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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    Rocket on the Roller Coaster DataBase.