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Thirteen: The Coaster that Replaced the Iconic Corkscrew

If you go down to the woods today you’d better not go alone ( Image: Richard Smiler Jones )

The Corkscrew, which was housed at Alton Towers for 28 years between 1980 and 2008, was replaced by Thirteen, which was constructed on its previous location.

When it was reported that Corkscrew will be decommissioned in October 2008, Alton Towers first disclosed their plans for the ride.

Corkscrew Removed in 2008 ( Image: Richard Smiler Jones )

After the ride’s planning approval was approved by the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council in March 2009, groundwork started a few months later.

Ground Work ( Image: Richard Smiler Jones )

The track layout for Thirteen has a lot of banked curves and airtime hills, which are restricted by the layout’s numerous trim brakes. After that, there’s a second lift hill that leads to a dim crypt where the surprise element is located.

Station Building ( Image: Richard Smiler Jones )

Thirteen is based on the discovery of an unearthed ancient burial site in an area of unexplored woodland known as the Dark Forest. 

Lift Hill ( Image: Richard Smiler Jones )

Built by Intamin, the attraction debuted on 20th March, 2010. The track and train of this roller coaster freefall almost five metres in the dark, making it the first vertical freefall drop roller coaster in the world.

The ride opened on 20th March 2010 ( Image: Richard Smiler Jones )
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