The Alton Beast
was one of the coasters that was installed in what came to
be called 'Coaster Corner', in the area behind Talbot Street.
The ride was a Schwarzkopf Jet Star III, very similar in design
to the Black Hole in Fantasy World, although not enclosed,
with the long spiral to the top, then a steep drop with lots
of fast sweeping corners. The coaster was promoted by the
park as being the largest and steepest coaster in Britian,
reaching speeds of over 50 mph, and submitting the riders
to forces of upto 4G.
As with the
other rides in this area, it was very popular, resulting in
the small area becoming very congested at times.
As a result
of this, and complaints from the neighbouring village of Alton
about the amount of noise, all the rides were removed, and
the area closed.
courtesy of Andrew Wilkins
A carriage ascends Alton Beast