Drayton Manor Park

Rick

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Crux
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@rob666 Were you visiting during that period?
 

rob666

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I first visited in the last year of the old log flume...it was manky, rotten shotcrete over chickenwire for landscaping, and lots of slimey green stinkywater.
The coaster other than shockwave was the scary (g)old mine train.
Extra scary for the tall.
Never saw the one on the card, sadly.
 

Ian

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Dizz, Bobby’s Yarn Land 🧶
I’d always wondered about that log flume. For some reason I thought it would go into the lake. Great to see a full shot of it after years of wondering!
 

rob666

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I’d always wondered about that log flume. For some reason I thought it would go into the lake. Great to see a full shot of it after years of wondering!
I think it did too.
I think they must have shifted it from one side of the lake to the other, it ended up on the shockwave site by the time i first visited, which, by map deduction, must have been 1995.
 

Rick

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Crux
I think the log flume was extended in the mid-1980s, but unsure on layout. Flamingo Land bought it and extended theirs with it after it closed, complete with seat belts.
 

DistortAMG

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Pirates of the Caribbean (DLP)
While on the subject of the log flume, an excellent set of images appeared online the other day.

The pictures show all aspects of Storm Force 10 in construction. While not all of the annotations for the images are correct. The pictures are excellent.

Facisnating to see what still remains as one of the most complex and large water rides this country has ever seen, throughout the stages of construction. Complete with many close up shots of technical parts of the attraction. As someone that knows the ride inside out (as with many Drayton rides) it truly was a treat to see these images.

One interesting thing that I saw from the photos was the fact they managed to flood the ride site under the top reverse turntable. Going off the pictures this was because the water return trough wasnt made high enough at the end, causing the site to flood. You can see in later photos they shured up the trough at the end to make sure this doesn't happen.

https://officialcoasterrev.wixsite.com/coasterreview/post/stormforce-10-construction-1998-1999
 
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Rick

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Crux
I think the log flume was extended in the mid-1980s, but unsure on layout. Flamingo Land bought it and extended theirs with it after it closed, complete with seat belts.
Here is all I can muster at the moment, from the extended flume. For context, Python in the background loosely shares the same space as G-Force did.

That does feel vaguely familiar, I recall you popped out of the little hole, down the drop and into the channel and then did a 180 degree bend to go back towards the structure. I only rode it once, twice maybe.

I have been told that "You won't be scanning all that theme park rubbish in all weekend, the garden needs sorting". Little does she know I have just bought a Dodgem car as a post-Covid pick me up.

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DistortAMG

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Pirates of the Caribbean (DLP)
Here is a few pics I have. Sorry for the low quality. It is all I have. They do show Shockwave in the background though. Which is still there today, so easy to see where it stands. Both pics are also after the second drop was added......not long before the ride was demolished for Stormforce 10 actually.

Fun fact. The large trees to the left of the photo still exist to this day. Or atleast still existed up until a few years ago. (not sure if being removed in the last few years) Amongst the infrastructure of Stormforce 10.

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Sam

TS Member
While on the subject of the log flume, an excellent set of images appeared online the other day.

The pictures show all aspects of Storm Force 10 in construction. While not all of the annotations for the images are correct. The pictures are excellent.

Facisnating to see what still remains as one of the most complex and large water rides this country has ever seen, throughout the stages of construction. Complete with many close up shots of technical parts of the attraction. As someone that knows the ride inside out (as with many Drayton rides) it truly was a treat to see these images.

One interesting thing that I saw from the photos was the fact they managed to flood the ride site under the top reverse turntable. Going off the pictures this was because the water return trough wasnt made high enough at the end, causing the site to flood. You can see in later photos they shured up the trough at the end to make sure this doesn't happen.

https://officialcoasterrev.wixsite.com/coasterreview/post/stormforce-10-construction-1998-1999
I've never really appreciated the ambition of Stormforce 10 before.
 

Sam

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Would it be fair to say that getting rid of Klondike for the godawful G Force was the worst mistake Drayton made?

Also, has G Force been completely removed now? Or is it rotting?
 

WillPS

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Would it be fair to say that getting rid of Klondike for the godawful G Force was the worst mistake Drayton made?

Also, has G Force been completely removed now? Or is it rotting?
It was dismantled in January, I'm not sure the extent of the deconstruction (e.g. if the station building remains).

I didn't ride either but it most have pretty abominable if it was inferior to a Pinfari Zyklon!
 

Maelstrom

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When we’re at one of the March Thomas weekends I am fairly sure the station building had been removed as well. The original plan for the area following the removal was to extend the theming of storm force 10 and maelstrom with the seaside theme and add new family attractions, including some kind of tracked ride and play structures. With the current uncertainty around how long they will be closed and any fine for the rapid incident I understand they are waiting to see what happens this year, before moving forward on any investments.
 
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