Valhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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Valhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Postby niiicolaaah » Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:17 pm

Ever since I rode Valhalla I have been fascinated by it. Because most of the ride is dark, I have seen very few photos from on the ride, and after riding it twice its layout is still a mystery to me.

Also, somebody in the Traumatizer construction thread posted that Valhalla's building includes Pepsi Max Big One track as part of its support structure. I didn't believe it, so I set out to find the construction photos to prove it. And lo and behold I found these pictures:

http://www.geocities.com/icphotos/valcon1.html
http://www.geocities.com/icphotos/valcon2.html
http://www.geocities.com/icphotos/valcon3.html

Does anybody know where I can find more pictures of Valhalla under construction, or pictures from inside the completed ride? I've seen pictures of the first lift and the first turntable. Thanks!

*EDIT* Ok so apparently I overloaded the site's bandwidth... sorry geocities guy! Gotta upload to TPR
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Postby TheStig » Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:21 pm

Wow thats pretty cool! I wonder if you can actuially see the PMBO track on the ride? I always wondered what the did after that drop was reprofiled with the extra stuff laying around.......

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Postby robbalvey » Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:21 pm

I used to have a ton of pics, but it was before I was doing a lot of updates. I'll have to see if I can dig them up. I saw the Big one track first hand! It was right after they repofiled the drop that they were using it for support.

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Postby Carnage » Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:22 pm

Hmm, interesting.

Wonder how long those geocities links are going to live?
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Postby niiicolaaah » Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:24 pm

Yeah Paul, the site looks like it hasn't been updated since 2002. I didn't post the pics because it said "do not repost without permission" but I couldn't find any contact info.
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Postby SFGAm Shock Wave » Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:48 pm

Suprise, suprise. Another Geocities downtime :angry:

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Postby CoasterFanatic » Tue Nov 14, 2006 9:49 pm

There is a generic blueprint of the layout out there somewhere. I have seen it.

I will have to see if I can dig it up.
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Postby DerekRx » Wed Nov 15, 2006 5:32 am

Using the PMTBO track as building supports is the coolest idea ever! From the pictures, it looks like its right at the reverser section, but since its Blackpool and not Six Flags, they probably covered the inside portion up too to complete the theme. I miss Valhalla :(
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Postby Ed » Wed Nov 15, 2006 5:46 am

Ah I remember seeing this in person. Went to Blackpool one day and I saw them putting in the red track. I thought it was going to be a rollercoaster that went updside down :(

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Postby Moose » Wed Nov 15, 2006 6:00 am

You can see some of the track to the left of the turntable running horizontally, most likely as a roof beam.

From a structural standpoint, it seems really bizarre. I am sure the track is strong enough to support the loads, but was the cost savings really all that much?

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