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Postby downunder » Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:06 pm

But 15 million pounds, if that is correct, is a huge capital outlay. I'm not sure what the exchange rate is exactly but that is more than the cost of Intimidator 305. Return on investment may take a while.

Here's hoping it will be something mind blowing though I'm not sure how.

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Postby StealthFan » Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:23 pm

$23,827,500 is the conversion at the current rate, but you have to think the £15 million will not just be for the ride and hardware, it will be for theming ground work, general contractors etc.

I wouldn't expect the park to make a significant return on their investment in year one, but over a period of say 5 years they should make a very very nice return on that investment.

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Postby downunder » Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:36 pm

^That seems logical given they possibly have to excavate significantly because of the height restrictions as well. I love how that height restriction led to Nemesis being arguably the best invert in the world.

ROI 5 years that's about what I would expect. It will be interesting to see the changes in crowds at KD when i305 starts operating, now that one could be significant.

I'm dying to see the layout for this one, it could be fun.

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Postby 4rturo » Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:53 pm

The layout has already been posted.
I know it has not been confirmed, but it starts to make more and more sense

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Postby Mr. Starr » Sun Nov 29, 2009 6:28 pm

I can't seem to find the layout, does anyone know where it is?

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Postby downunder » Sun Nov 29, 2009 6:50 pm

4rturo wrote:The layout has already been posted.
I know it has not been confirmed, but it starts to make more and more sense


Is there a link or graphic in this thread or is it elsewhere like Screamscape?

Edit: found the layout drawings:

http://www.ukrides.info/atsw6.htm

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Postby OFFice357 » Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:56 pm

If the real ride track is going to have that layout, the theming for this coaster must be pretty extensive. I can't imagine that the coaster track, even with a moderate amount of theming, would have that large of a price tag. I'm looking forward to see what's going to be inside that building.

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Postby FLIPDUDE » Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:42 am

Whatever is hiking up the price tag, I'm fairly confident it has something to do with the giant missing part of the track in the layout top view:
http://www.ukrides.info/col/alton/sw6j.jpg


I have a speculation about what goes on there...

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Postby snorkymn » Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:38 am

Is there some sort of Elevator there, or launch added or something maybe?

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Postby MattC » Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:39 pm

FLIPDUDE wrote:Getting a celebrity for a security counselor? Of course it's a publicity stunt!

But... A six figure salary?! Isn't that a little bit too much? Or am I misunderstanding something?


I think Alton might be making too big of a buildup... Eventually it will end up being just some kind of fancy new switch track or whatever, and we'll all go "that's what it was all about?!"

We had this discussion over at TowersTimes. On first quick read through it appears to say 6 figure salary but read more carefully and inspected it says equivalent to (or words to that effect) 6 figure salary. For all we know he could be getting paid in carrots or guinea pigs.

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