Nemesis Track Complete Again
Monday 13th November 2023
Yesterday was the last day of the 2023 season with the park open for a 5k and half marathon private buyout. And will be our last time seeing Nemesis until the ride reopens in 2024. No opening date has been set for the ride yet but with the track now complete we don’t think it will be long until the ride is tested and work developing the ride will be complete.
On the first day of the closed season, the final sections of the track were lifted into place. With the pathway into the park needing to be blocked off, it looks like the park was waiting for the closed season to put these final sections in. It would also appear that work on new pathways for the queue line for the rollercoaster has begun. Could the pathway around the whole of the rollercoaster finally be returning?!
The entrance tower for the ride has been enclosed in a temporary tent whilst new tentacles and theming are added to it. We can't wait to see what this structure is going to look like when the ride reopens.
Work on the station also continues with one of the sockets for one of the legs being rebuilt. The old single-rider queue line area is now themed rather than being a blank wall. With access doors now no longer blocked views into the area are now a bit more open. One last trip to the viewing platform we can't help but think this area is going to look even more different come March 2024.
Back With A Vengeance… Has The Nemesis Creature Awakened?
Thursday 2nd November 2023
Fans of the iconic Nemesis rollercoaster have been given a heart-stopping hint of what’s in store for them in the new year - with the release of an action-packed new video.
The clip stokes fears that the Nemesis creature has escaped from its secure containment at Alton Towers Resort.
Footage that has appeared online appears to show a secret experiment on the beast spiral wildly out of control.
It is believed that the shadowy Phalanx organisation were continuing their attempts to manipulate the creature’s DNA at the time.
In the process it appears to have inadvertently woken the creature which has lain dormant since The Phalanx first began their investigations a year ago.
In the footage members of The Phalanx are seen wearing protective clothing in what seems to be preparations for some kind of surgical procedure.
However the calm is soon shattered as panic grips. The scene then descends into complete chaos as Phalanx members attempt to flee the area with the group’s spokesperson appearing to meet a grizzly end.
The footage concludes in dramatic fashion with a close-up on an unidentified creature’s blazing, red eye slowly opening.
It comes as visitors to the park are reporting that the perimeter fence around the Nemesis attraction appears to have been breached with a large hole visible.
An Alton Towers spokesperson said: “We will not be offering any comment on recent alleged events other than to assure visitors Nemesis will be back with a vengeance in 2024.”
The legendary attraction - which takes riders on a heart-pounding journey with a g-force of 3.5 and top speed of 50mph - welcomed fans on a final ride round its exhilarating twists and turns last November before temporarily ceasing operations to undergo an exciting revamp.
Part of the transformation will see the entire 250-tonne, 716-metre-long track replaced ahead of thrillseekers being welcomed back in 2024.
Nemesis Reconstruction Continues With New Breaks
Saturday 7th October 2023
Work around the Nemesis site continues, with the track yet to be completed work on repainting the entrance for the ride has begun. The entrance has been repainted jet black to match the new track colour scheme. We wonder if we might see some veins added to the entrance tower over the next few weeks.
With the lift hill now fully repainted, work on adding the new vein details on the lift hill has begun. Starting at the top of the lift and making their way down, the park has started to stencil out the design for the veins and at the top of the lift have already painted on the new details.
A large section of theming at the front of the station has been removed exposing the roof of the station and how the creature was built back in the day. We wonder if the front of the station is going to be enclosed to create a tunnel and to keep the station dark?
With the trains back on the track, ride hardware has started to be reinstalled after being upgraded. New breaks have been fitted to the break run, replacing the old friction breaks with magnets. New kicker wheels can also be seen on the break run and at the base of the lift hill.
Nemesis Trains Refurbished And Delivered Back To Alton Towers
Wednesday 27th September 2023
Special delivery! Trains for Nemesis at Alton Towers have been delivered. Although these don’t look like new trains we expect they’ve been filled refurbished by B&M.
Different to the old trains, the seats and metalwork have been repainted jet black and the restraints have been painted a bright red colour. Very different to what the original trains looked like but we love it! It's worth noting that the wheel covers for the ride have remained out of shot, so we wonder what other details have been painted on these.
Photos posted on stokesentinel have given enthusiasts a glimpse of the recently refurbished trains.
Bianca Sammut, divisional director at Alton Towers Resort, said:
“Nemesis has achieved iconic status among thrillseekers worldwide, for its sheer power and heart-stopping twists and turns.
“The arrival of the new ride trains on site marks the latest milestone in its transformation. At Alton Towers Resort, providing our visitors with the ultimate attractions is our defining priority.
Nemesis 95% Of Track Installed And Station Painting Continues
Wednesday 13th September 2023
Work on Nemesis at Alton Towers has reached a new milestone, The iconic Corkscrew has been installed and only 4/5 sections of track are left to be installed. However, with the track holding compounds now empty and dismantled there’s no sign of the extra bits of track. Supports for the turn-around section after the lift hill have already been installed ready for the track when it's delivered. Looking into the site from the gate near the car park you can see the track for the turn-around section installed and floating in mid-air. Just waiting to be connected again to the lift hill.
Refurbishment work on the station continues with the wooden structure previously seen in the corner where the old Nemesis eye was now removed. We wonder if this was placed here to build hype or if it was put there to mark out where some new theming element will be installed over the closed season. The repainting of the station continues with the grey paint on the top of the station now darkened to make the station look more sinister again.
It looks like there might be a new exit out of the Nemesis ride building, The cutout in the side of the station where the single rider queue line used to enter has been made bigger and looks to be being themed.
Work on repainting the bus installed on the side of the bank has also begun. Scaffolding can be seen around the bus for what we expect will be a repaint and retheme of the element. The lift hill and break run have also finally been repainted yet black with the rails still yet to receive a repaint. We wonder if these sections will receive the veins artwork like the new sections of the track have received?
90% Of Nemesis Track Installed August 2023 Update
Monday 14th August 2023
Nemesis is one step closer to being complete and ready for testing! 90% of the track now looks to be installed with the only sections waiting to be installed being the first section off of the lift hill and the corkscrew.
Since our last major look at Nemesis so much has happened! The loop, Zero-G Roll and Helix have been installed. But this isn't the only major work that's happened, the repainting of the Nemesis station has begun. It would appear that the new colour scheme of the station could be grey and red. Some sections of the station appear to have primer on them at the moment whereas other parts have more dark and intense red and greys.
In a dramatic change, the Nemesis eye has been removed from the station and a new main feature is being installed. Rumours look to suggest this new feature could be a 3D eye or feature screens like Wickerman has on its main theming structure.
Other changes around the site include the grinding down of sections of the track, this is done to make sure all of the joints of the ride are smooth. These then get repainted to make them blend back in, don't panic! The lift hill and break run of the ride are also currently getting repainted, with these sections not needing to be replaced the track colour is going to get an update. It would also appear that the wiring of these sections is getting replaced!
Of course, lots of track remains in the car park near the exit barriers waiting to be installed. We wonder how quickly the rest of the rollercoaster will be installed! With the speed that these sections of track got installed in, we expect it could be complete by the end of August!
Nemesis Loop Installed And Zero-G Roll Work Begins
Monday 24th July 2023
More track has been delivered for Nemesis at Alton Towers and lots more sections of track have been installed over the past few weeks since our last update. The loop and beginning of the inversion over the station have been installed. Different to before, the loop is now in 3 sections. The red veins going up the side of the loop look amazing!
It shouldn't be long until we start to see supports installed for the Zero-G roll and for the first section of the ride. Scaofdling also currently covered the lift hill for the ride which appears to be being repainted with a primer. We wonder if the rest of the rollercoaster track will be repainted black with veins to match.
These new supports that have been delivered are thicker than the supports we've seen delivered in the past. These will be for sections of the ride that require more reinforcement. We expect these will be for the helix section of the ride. As that was the section that always struggled and had lots of work done to it over the years.
Nemesis Flys Back Into Place
Friday 16th June 2023
The early bird catches the flying Nemesis track!
As soon as we arrived at Alton Towers today it was clear that the team rebuilding Nemesis arnt sitting around and are taking advantage of the good summer weather to crane in new sections of track.
Since our last visit the inversion has been completed and sections of track for the turnaround section have been installed. Although the turnaround is yet to be completed the familiar view of Nemesis's banked turn is slowly returning, it won't be long until trains are roaring past again with guests screaming and enjoying themselves.
Two sections of track have been lifted into place during our quick visit to the theme park today. Supports have been installed in the far left corner of the site. Home to the turnaround section and loop, there are no signs of the track for the loop yet but over the next few weeks, we expect that this whole section will be complete! Possibly by the end of June / start of July.
Over in the car park where most of the track is being stored the zero-g roll can be seen waiting to be installed. It would also appear a small compound has been created at the top of the site where the cranes are located. Some sections of the track can be seen within the construction site and in the car park.
Another small change in the area is that the new signage for The Blade has been painted blue. Could this mean that the area around Nemesis is set to tempoary close again very soon?
It's not every day you get to see sections of track fly into the pit of Nemesis!
Nemesis Rebuild Late May 2023 Update
Tuesday 30th May 2023
The re-tracking of Nemesis at Alton Towers is continuing, with more track and supports delivered every week.
Since our last visit to the park more 2 more sections of track have been installed for the final inversion. When riding the monorail, you can now see track coming out of the tunnel and the inversion taking shape. A small red pole can be seen keeping this section upright and supported whilst other supports are installed and finished. New breaks and kicker wheels can be seen sat in the break run waiting to be install over the next few months.
Supports for the turnaround inversion have also been installed. It won’t be long until more track is installed and views from the viewing platform will become more exciting!
The biggest change seen since our last visit is the removal of one of the legs of the Nemesis creature. Is this an indication of the theme of the station dramatically changing or just maintenance of the station structure?
Nemesis Sub-Terra To Reopen 27th May 2023
Wednesday 17th May 2023
Alton Towers Resort has announced its hugely popular drop tower dark ride, Nemesis Sub-Terra, is reopening on May 27, just in time for May half term.The underground attraction, which is a firm favourite amongst theme park fans, invites guests to embark on an intense journey and witness the research of The Phalanx, before freefalling into the pit. Nemesis Sub-Terra, also known as the Phalanx Research Facility, is being reopened by The Phalanx, the secret organisation tasked with keeping the Nemesis beast under control. Civilians are invited to take a thrilling ride deep into the Earth’s core to discover the secretive research of The Phalanx. Look, stay alert, but don’t touch, as you’re shown exciting glimpses of a Nemesis egg. We’re told it’s controlled and contained, but very little is known about the origins of the egg that sits beneath the Nemesis site, but this much is clear, it’s showing life signs, and a team of Phalanx operatives are investigating. But can they keep control?Alongside the announcement, the Resort has revealed the attraction’s brand-new logo echoing the look and feel of the new Nemesis track, which was unveiled last week. The slick black track with red veins snaking along its length can now be seen on park ahead of its return in 2024. Located next to Nemesis Sub-Terra, fans of Nemesis can also watch the transformation take place on a specially constructed viewing platform, overlooking the site.Nemesis Sub-Terra will reopen on 27th May. For more information and to book, visit: altontowers.com