Hyperia Inversion Tower Continues To Grow
Saturday 2nd December 2023
Work on Hyperia continues to grow at a rapid rate, since our last look at the construction site just over a week ago so much has happened.
The track for the splash-down section of the rollercoaster has been installed, and the track leading into the break run has been completed. The final 15 seconds of the ride looks insane and we can't wait to ride it very soon.
Work on building the tower for the inversion and also continues to rise into the Thorpe Park skyline. Viewing it from across the lake it won't be long until it breaks into the skyline and the skyline of the park changes more. Walking across the bridge into the park last night for the Night With Imascrore event the view doesn't look very different however more track is visible from the bridge now.
During our visit down Monks Walk we watched the construction crews try to lift a complicated support into place. Where they had to remove sections of support in order to get support with over 5 connections. It's not every day you can say you watched a rollercoaster grow and also see parts of it be removed.
Across the rest of the site, the station is now almost fully enclosed, and pipes for cables for breakrun have been installed. And peering through the trees the old Loggers Leap track can still be seen. Inside the maintenance shed, platforms to access the trains have been installed on both sides. But there's still no track down the middle of the shed. With the length of the shed being so long, we think that it could easily hold two trains.
On another note, we've never seen monks walk so busy! It's fantastic to see so many people excited for Hyperia.
Hyperia Loop And Inversion Tower Construction Begins
Wednesday 22nd November 2023
Hyperia is about to start towering over the Thorpe Park skyline even more! Work on the structure that will support part of the loop and inversion has started to go vertical. Located outside the station on the front left, this new tower is hard to photograph in its current state but over the next few weeks as the construction of the rollercoaster progresses it will look amazing! Work on enclosing the station has also begun, soon we won't be able to see into the construction site much.
Around the rest of the site, we managed to witness some supports being crained in this afternoon. More supports have been installed during our last visit. Despite that only being 3 days ago! Work on foundations at the front of the station building where being poured during our short visit down Monks Walk today. It would also appear that work on the foundations for the splash-down section is still in progress.
When the concrete trucks moved out of the way to replace empty trucks, we spotted a glimpse of more supports sitting on the side waiting to be installed over the next few days. Looking back 12 months ago, this area is totally unrecognisable!
Hyperia Brake Run And Catwalk Completed
Sunday 19th November 2023
Work on Hyperia continues to power through the great British weather, over the past week, the weather down south has been wet and miserable. But that hasn't stopped work on building Hyperia!
Since our last look at the construction site, more of the old train shed has been removed and it looks like the old Platform 15 / Canada Creek Railway route is being dug up for new pipes to be installed.
The biggest change though is that the brake run is now complete! Sections of the brake run track were lifted into place on Friday afternoon and since then workers have been hard at work lifting into place sections of the catwalk that runs alongside the track. This will be used to evacuate the train and to check the breaks. It's amazing how fast this rollercoaster is coming together!
More supports have been delivered to the construction site with some installed just in front of the station with more sat on the ground waiting to be installed during the week.
Work on the station building continues with the roof now on the building and stairs being added to the building. The entrance and exit steps have now been installed, with work on the emergency exit stairs on the other side of the station happening during the day today.
With work slowly progressing on the track layout, the rides PLC control system is being installed below the station. To prevent the ride control system from getting damaged if the area floods, the control system is raised off of the floor.
By looking at the progress being made, we think we could see the ride open as early as May 2024.
Hyperia Final Turn Around And Station Track Installed
Saturday 11th November 2023
Hyperia at Thorpe Park is progressing fast, with more track and supports installed since our last look at the project over a week and a half ago.
Since our last look at the area, the final turn and break run has started to be installed. Supports for the break run appear to almost be complete with only 2 left to be installed. The track towers above the old Platform 15 fence which is still standing strong! The final turn looks a lot more impressive in person than we thought it would be looking at the plans and POV of the rollercoaster that the park released.
The maintenance building is now fully enclosed with a roof and sides of the building installed. However, when looking at the station building floors have started to be installed but the most exciting part of this update is that track and supports for the station have been installed! Kicker wheels for moving trains in and out of the station can be seen already installed. Mack Rides aren't sitting around on this project.
The base of the lift hill also now appears to be complete. We wonder when we might see some more progress on the lift hill or higher sections of the rollercoaster. The Island Landscape hasn't changed much since the park has closed. But we're sure it won't be long!
Hyperia Overbanked Turn Completed
Tuesday 31st October 2023
The first element of Hyperia has been completed! The overbanked turn has been completed/topped off this afternoon. The first piece of track went in a 9 a.m. this morning and the element was completed this afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
This will be our last update from inside the park until the park opens for the 2024 theme park season.
However, work around the site has rapidly progressed this year. At the beginning of the year, Loggers Leap still stood tall and proud. Fast forward 10 months and a new structure towers above the island landscape.
Work on the station and maintenance buildings continues with both buildings now complete and cladding being added to them to make them watertight. With winter coming we expect that this will be a priority.
Supports for the maintenance area or station building have also been moved onto the site today. So it might not be long until we see supports and track in the station or maintenance area.
Hyperia Overbanked Turn Track Half Installed
Thursday 26th October 2023
One of the most exciting days in the history of Hyperia being constructed has happened! We finally got to witness sections of the track being installed. Two sections of track for the overbanked were installed within an hour of each other Thursday afternoon. Progress can be slow when building a big rollercoaster like this, but add a 165ft height difference to it, and things get difficult.
We started off our day with a walk down Monks Walk to see the rollercoaster from a different perspective. It's crazy to think that 12 months ago this view was very different with Loggers Leap still occupying this space, after being SBNO for so long the ride is finally gone. We’ve lost a Mack and gained a new shiny Mack Rides Product.
The view from across the lake already looks so different! And when walking down Monks Walk it's very cool to see this new structure rise up slowly. Since our last trip down Monks Walk the station and maintenance building have been installed and the final sections of the building are still being installed. The maintenance building seems to confirm the fact that Hyperia will have two trains with two rails seen for maintenance of the rollercoaster trains. Space for some track down the middle can be seen in photos.
Back inside the park, over the past few days more track and supports have been installed for this overbanked turn. But we wanted to see some bits get installed ourselves. We took up camp at Burger King and waited! After a long time of waiting…
At around 2:30 pm the first section of track took to the air and the long process of fitting the bit of track began. With this first section of the track connecting to another bit and needing a second bit installed pretty quickly. It wasn’t long till its supporting partner section of the track was flown into the air and connected up to release any stress left on the piece just installed. After a long day of work at 6 pm the two cranes finally packed up and the two new sections of white track were finally installed and ready for more work to continue Friday.
Sunset Over The Busy Hyperia Construction Site
Monday 23rd October 2023
The sun has set over Thorpe Park which marks the end of another busy of construction at Project Exodus (Hyperia)
Huge progress has today been made on the maintenance building for the rollercoaster with more steel structures installed along with the metal supports that will hold the track for the maintenance building. No track has been installed yet but we expect it will be installed before the building is completed and a roof is installed.
Of course, the main point of focus for the construction site at the moment is building the two towers for one of the inversions. When we visited the park yesterday the second tower was tiny however on a passing-through visit today. It has grown in size and is almost as tall as the main structure standing at 165ft.
Mountings for more sections of track are now very visible and we would be shocked if we didn't see the track installed on this inversion by the end of the week. Or at least by 31st October when the park closes for the season.
Viewing Hyperia from the first bit of Monk's Walk looking over the lake the Island Landscape has never looked better. We can't wait to see this coaster grow over the closed season.
Of course updates won't stop then, Monks Walk (the public footpath) remains open 365 days!
Hyperia Sunday 22nd October 2023 Construction Round Up
Sunday 22nd October 2023
It's a beautiful sunny day! Time for a recap of this week's work for Hyperia.
The second tower for the inversion has started to grow in height, the maintenance building supports have been moved to the construction site ready to be installed. Some supports for the maintenance building are already in place and the station building appears to be complete now.
Hyperia Reaches 165ft Milestone
Friday 20th October 2023
Hyperia has reached a new milestone of reaching 165ft! The tower for one of the inversions is now complete and can be seen from all around the park. Since the tower was built on Monday the structure is now at its maximum height of 165ft without track of course! The tower has now been completed with mountings for track seen on the top and sides. With the highest point being the lift hill standing at 236ft this tower will soon be towered over very soon.
Work on building the station building continues with the structure almost looking complete. A small stash of black steel beams can be seen on the floor waiting to be installed. You can see the platform where the on and offload will be and the gap in the middle where the track will run. With the site cleared for access for cranes and larger vehicles, we can now also see the ground pins for the break run leading into the station.
Around the rest of the site more supports have been installed and a few more track sections have been installed. The track is now very visible from the bridge when walking to Colossus. Foundations for the base of the lift hill now appear to be being worked on with new rebar spotted in the location of where the base will soon be placed.
We wonder how long it will be until the track is installed on the 165ft structure!
Hyperia Top and Bottom Of Lift Hill Delivered
Wednesday 18th October 2023
Deliveries for Hyperia continue to arrive at Thorpe Park on what seems like a daily basis. Every few days Thorpe Park updates us on social media showing off new and exciting parts for the rollercoaster getting delivered. Yesterday the most exciting delivery so far was posted in the Annual Pass Group, the top and bottom of the lift hill have now been delivered.
With storage locations for Hyperia starting to burst at the seams with a huge amount of supports, metal work and track located on the island behind The Swarm. The park has now started to store parts for the new rollercoaster next to the staff car park. Huge sections of the lift hill, the top and base of the lift and a few sections of track are currently being stored next to the staff car park. Those lucky enough to park in the staff car park get a bird’s eye view of some of the parts for Hyperia. Also located in this storage location are more rollercoaster supports, the chain lift motor box, transfer track bases, the start of the lift hill stairs and sections of the break run catwalk.
It's amazing to see parts for Hyperia up close, it's hard to get the scale of these parts from photos but when you stand in front of the track and lift hill sections they are huge! It's going to be a busy few months installing Hyerpia but we can't wait to see it come to life.
Like a giant puzzle, each section of track and support has a unique code and part number so construction crews know what bit goes where. It's like a giant Lego or Meccano set.
Photos taken with permission and approval from Thorpe Park.