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SW8 plans published

Tuesday 31 May 2016 18:02
Updated 4th October 2016

Join us here at TowersStreet as we take a look at the newly released SW8 Wooden Rollercoaster planning documents on the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council planning site.

SW8 Plan Elevation


  • Wooden rollercoaster to be built on the former site of The Flume; not encroaching into the woodlands
  • Confirmed GCI as manufacturer from comparative noise assessments
  • Silent magnetic lift system, indicating a possible launch
  • Sound tunnel to envelope the entire first drop
  • Construction start September 2016, completion December 2017. Opening 2018 season
  • Themed sound tunnels and noise screens to be used
  • New food outlet and queueline kiosk
  • Proposed 140 second pre-show for 50 people



More information:

The new development will take place on the former site of The Flume, bordering Mutiny Bay and Katanga Canyon.

The project will include the wooden rollercoaster structure, sound tunnels and noise screens, as well as a substantial combined maintenance building, station and shop. In addition is a new games unit and food kiosk. Buildings are expected to have thatched effect roof tiles and weathered timber effects, many being single storey.

The noise assessment states that similar noise comparisons have been carried out “by the manufacturer” with Kentucky Rumbler, and other coasters built by wooden coaster manufacturers GCI. Within the noise assessment is reference to a “silent magnetic lift” mechanism; indicating a possible launch.

The new ride will not venture into the woodlands, allowing the area to be returned to its natural state following the removal of The Flume channel.SW8 Overview

The layout looks to have airtime hills, an indoor section by the station, and a 140 second pre-show for 50 people.

Construction is expected to begin in September 2016 for completion in December 2017; meaning a 2018 opening for the project.

The entire first drop will be enclosed in a sound tunnel.

SW8 Soundtunnel

The plans show what appear to be an onload area and a separate offload area, along with a manned baggage store.

Speculative points:

  • Launched lift using magnetic powered system
  • Possible inversion as shown in the ride elevation plans, similar to support structures of other inverting wooden rollercoasters

SW8 PossibleInversion

  • Dark ride section at the beginning of the ride

Ride layout:

SW8 ProposedSitePlan

Track within station building:

SW8 StationTrack

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