The Nemesis roller coaster at Alton Towers, England closed last season for a complete overhaul and refurbishment. Today, details of the new track have been revealed.
Nemesis closed on 6th November 2022 and guests got to see The Phalanx, the secret organization tasked with keeping the Nemesis beast under control since its discovery in 1994, take control and close the ride. Since then, fans of the ride have been told how this organization is carrying out investigations into the beast’s behavior ahead of reopening in 2024.
As a result, The Phalanx were among the first to witness that the new track has changed color.
The eagerly-anticipated return of the coaster, set to re-open to thrillseekers in 2024, takes riders on a heart-pounding journey with a g-force of 3.5 and a top speed of 50mph. However, the rollercoaster will return with a changed color from white to black, with red veins snaking along its length.
The transformation will see the entire 250-tonne, 716-meter-long track replaced piece by piece over the coming months, with each track element traveling 4,000 miles from Ohio back to the Resort in Staffordshire.
Following the track’s arrival and as work on the site gets underway, fans can watch the developments from a custom-built viewing platform, overlooking the construction area. Up to 30 people at a time can get a glimpse of what’s to come, ahead of the legendary rollercoaster returning next year.
The ride, situated in the Fordbidden Valley area of the Theme Park, carries dangling thrillseekers around tangled steel as it corkscrews, spins and loops. Nemesis is, without a doubt, one of the most heart-pounding, exciting and exhilarating rides you will ever experience.
Drone images taken by the Resort show how the installation is now underway, with the roller coaster’s final bend carefully placed into position. Over the coming weeks, each piece will be craned into its place by a specialist team of engineers – some of which worked on constructing the original ride in 1994.
Nemesis opened in 1994, costing £10m, and was the creation of legendary rollercoaster designer, John Wardley. It was crowned Europe’s first inverted rollercoaster and since then has welcomed numerous famous faces from around the World.
The original story told fans of the park how Nemesis came from another dimension, a dimension beyond all imagination. Deep beneath the ground at Alton Towers Resort lived a strange being. Disturbed during maintenance, the monster that lay dormant was unleashed, wreaking havoc on the surrounding area. The Phalanx immediately launched their extreme security division to pin down the creature and disable it.
On November 6th 2022, thrillseekers took their last ride around the track before it was theatrically taken over by The Phalanx and closed for investigation. When it re-opens in 2024, the iconic ride will return in sensational style, marking its 30th anniversary.
Bianca Sammut, Divisional Director at Alton Towers Resort, said: “As Europe’s first-ever inverted rollercoaster, Nemesis rightly holds legendary status among thrillseekers.