Black Hole

Discussion in 'Talbot Street' started by Squiggs, 1st Nov 2012.

  1. Squiggs

    Squiggs TS Site Team Team Member

    Messages:
    540
    Likes Received:
    1,253
    I just had a quick browse and was surprised to see we didn't have a topic on the Black Hole.

    But anyway, who'd like to seen some pictures of the Black Hole looking excessively shiny and new in its new hole in Sweden?
     
    Posted 1st Nov 2012
    #1
  2. TheMan

    TheMan TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    4,749
    Likes Received:
    1,674
    Location:
    Diogos Forehead
    Favourite Ride:
    NemiLerVion
    :'(

    Why would you not refurbish that for the cost?

    Hopefully she's assisting a new park to grow though, and great to see her refurbished and shiny and frankly quite beautiful, rather than being scrapped!

    Just goes to show what a bit of TLC can do for a classic.

    AT missed a trick here I reckon.

    I miss this ride.
     
    Posted 1st Nov 2012
    #2
  3. Thomas

    Thomas TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    402
    Likes Received:
    3
    Although I never rode, I like the refurbished photo. It does show how Alton Towers have moved on though, and I couldn't see a place for it now.
     
    Posted 1st Nov 2012
    #3
  4. BarryZola

    BarryZola TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    2,144
    Likes Received:
    3,643
    Looking good :)

    Should have dug a hole somewhere on park and dropped it in instead of selling it ;)
     
    Posted 2nd Nov 2012
    #4
  5. Natalie

    Natalie TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    689
    Likes Received:
    99
    Location:
    Near a railway and Towers
    Favourite Ride:
    Phantom Manor
    I really want to go to this park now! I miss her but hopefully her new replacement will be worth it. Would have liked to have been back in a tent though, it looks strange outdoors.
     
    Posted 2nd Nov 2012
    #5
  6. JB1985

    JB1985 TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    945
    Likes Received:
    654
    Location:
    Midlands
    Favourite Ride:
    Oblivion
    Interesting that Gert have had some involvement on the refurb

    Anyhow, it doesnt look as impressive in day light. It feel higher up in the dark
     
    Posted 2nd Nov 2012
    #6
  7. John

    John TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    2,755
    Likes Received:
    3,974
    Location:
    Im Turm von Mystery Castle
    Favourite Ride:
    Steel Vengeance
    Gerstlauer seem to have taken on the Schwarzkopf back catalogue, they have recently started producing trains for Schwarzkopf coasters - Sooperdooperlooper now runs Gerstlauer trains, and Turbine at Walibi World will be getting one too.
     
    Posted 2nd Nov 2012
    #7
  8. DaveW

    DaveW TS Contributor

    Messages:
    160
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Abingdon
    [​IMG]

    I don't recall ever seeing this photo before! Love how you can just see the towers in the background though!

    It's nice to see the old girl getting some love and attention in her old age!
     
    Posted 2nd Nov 2012
    #8
  9. TheMan

    TheMan TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    4,749
    Likes Received:
    1,674
    Location:
    Diogos Forehead
    Favourite Ride:
    NemiLerVion
    Wow Dave!!! :eek:

    I have never seen that photo anywhere before - it's brilliant thank you!
     
    Posted 2nd Nov 2012
    #9
  10. Thomas

    Thomas TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    402
    Likes Received:
    3
    As daft as it sounds I did wonder whether it was the tent or the track that came first!
     
    Posted 3rd Nov 2012
    #10
  11. DaveW

    DaveW TS Contributor

    Messages:
    160
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Abingdon
    Also I like how in that blog you can see the stylish use of CARGO CONTAINERS!!!!
     
    Posted 5th Nov 2012
    #11
  12. djtruefitt

    djtruefitt TS Site Team Team Member

    Messages:
    3,900
    Likes Received:
    2,452
    Location:
    Loughborough
    It does look weird seeing it outside and in bright colours. It seems to look really small compared to how big the black hole tent was.
     
    Posted 5th Nov 2012
    #12
  13. thelostcoaster

    thelostcoaster TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hello All,
    The Black Hole started out as a Jet Star 2 which was a smaller version of the Jumbo Jet or Jet Star 3. The main difference was a Jet Star 2 had a shorter track and the support columns would only support a single car. As the story goes Alton Towers wanted to have coupled cars or trains, so they had it refurbished changing the support columns to that of a Jumbo Jet that way they the ride would support trains... I believe this picture is when the ride went through it's transformation into becoming a Jumbo Jet Jr.

    Kind Regards,

    Jerry
     
  14. DaveW

    DaveW TS Contributor

    Messages:
    160
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Abingdon
    I'm not so sure, I'm not convinced they would of torn down the tent to remove the ride, they didn't when she finally met her demise. They may of opened it up in places for access, but completely remove every trace of it from the site.?

    Also by the looks of that photo there's a lot of fresh ground works around the embankment to the rear or the site, which to me suggests this is taken during the rides original installation. Does anyone know if the station was ever rethemed during its life time? As it isn't present at all in this shot.
     
  15. thelostcoaster

    thelostcoaster TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have done lots of research on various Jet Star coasters.... From Wikipedia Black Hole (roller coaster)
    "For the 1988 season, the coaster was dismantled and transported to Europe, where it had an overhaul, which then allowed the ride to use dual car trains. The reconstructed coaster, complete with minor overhaul of the internal special effects, then operated briefly as "New Black Hole", and then from 1989 it operated as "Black Hole II" before reverting to the original name.
    This photo shows the the ride's transformation almost complete:
    [​IMG]
     
  16. DaveW

    DaveW TS Contributor

    Messages:
    160
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Abingdon
    Is that the photo you were referring to in your original post? Or the one that I posed earlier in the topic? If you were referring to the one you just posted then ignore what I said in my last post,

    The photo you just posted is a well known photo of the ride during its refit in Europe, so in that respect you are correct.
     

Share This Page