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Retired Rides : The New Beast

Another of Alton Towers classic rides left the park at the end of 1997. The New Beast, has a pretty vague history about it. Some say that in the early nineties, the Black Hole underwent a bit of an overhaul inside the tent, and the whole track was removed, and replaced. The removed track was then taken to Thunder Valley, and re-constructed as the New Beast. Other say that, when the Alton Beast, and Mouse where removed from Talbot Street, the Beast was moved into this new area.Of these two theories, the second is the most probable, as the New Beast arrived the year the Alton Beast was removed.

For some years it sat in Thunder Valley, under the shadow of Thunder Looper. Then, in 1994, when Nemesis arrived, still the New Beast managed to remain popular, until 1998 when it was removed, possibly due to complaints from the nearby hotel residents about the amount of noise coming from the Forbidden Valley.

The ride itself was very similar to the Black Hole, with a long spiral climb to the top, with a steep drop immediately after, followed by lots of fast sweeping bends.

The land where the New Beast once roared is now being prepared for what is rumoured to be another 'world first' rollercoaster for Alton Towers. SW5 Transit System as is it code-named is due to open in 2002, and you can read about it in our features section.

*Picture courtesy of Chris Keating
**Picture courtesy of Richard Davies

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View from queue line*

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Overall view of the coaster**

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An unusual view showing Forbidden Valley from the lift-hill**

Installed: 1992 - 1997
Manufacturer: Schwarzkopf
Location: Forbidden Valley
Where Now: Rumoured to be in a park in South America

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