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SW8
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Alton Towers
Location Alton, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Status Under construction, planned to open Spring 2018
Cost £15million (stated in plans)
Replaced The Flume
Statistics
Manufacturer Great Coasters International
Type Wooden
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Silent magnetic lift system
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SW8 is a wooden roller coaster currently under construction at Alton Towers. It will open in 2018 and will be manufactured by Great Coasters International, as confirmed in the planning application. It will also be the sixth in the Secret Weapon line at Alton Towers. The Secret Weapon line is a line of roller coasters at Alton Towers emblazoned with the Secret Weapon code name during development. This line started with SW3 (Nemesis) and has been emblazoned onto all of Alton Towers' major thrill coasters, apart from Rita, ever since.

History[edit]

On October 10, 2015, The Flume closed in order to make way for SW8 (although it was not known that SW8 would be replacing The Flume at this time).

In March 2016, Alton Towers began teasing the ride through its Towers Loving Care Twitter page.

On May 31, 2016, Alton Towers filed for planning permission to build SW8 on the site of The Flume. The plans revealed that the ride would be a wooden roller coaster, and sound comparisons hinted at the ride being manufactured by Great Coasters International. The application was approved on August 24, 2016.

In December 2016, construction on the ride began with the demolition of The Flume.

On May 7, 2017, wood arrived at Alton Towers. This followed the arrival of GCI earlier in May.

On May 21, 2017, vertical construction of the ride's station track and pre-lift section began.

On May 30, 2017, vertical construction of the ride's large theming element began.

In June 2017, vertical construction of the station began.

On June 27, 2017, vertical construction of the ride's lift hill began.

In July 2017, construction on the rest of the ride began with the installation of part of the first drop.

On July 7, 2017, the ride's lift hill reached its full height. This was commemorated by the British and American flags being placed on top of the lift hill, representing the two countries involved with the project.

Design[edit]

SW8 will be manufactured by Great Coasters International. According to the plans, it will feature many sound tunnels and will be built on the site of the park's log flume, which closed in October 2015.

It looks as though the ride's lift hill will change gradient half way up. It is stated in the plans that the lift hill gradient will change from 24 degrees to 12 degrees midway up. Whether this is to accommodate the ride's silent magnetic lift system or not is currently unknown. No other GCI roller coaster has a lift hill gradient change akin to this one.

Trains[edit]

12 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 24 riders per train.

External links[edit]

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    SW8 on the Roller Coaster DataBase.