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Rank the Alton Towers coasters

Matt N

CF Legend
Have you ever watched Big Bang Theory?

For me it was a combination of irony. That you were nice enough to take the time to type that whole explanation up. Despite me pointing out that I knew you were too nice to be sarcastic in the original post.

And then this made me chuckle, reminded me of somebody :)
Funny you should say that, because we actually recently finished watching the entirety of Big Bang on Netflix, and have now moved on to its brilliant spin-off Young Sheldon! If you’re going to compare me to Sheldon; you’re far from the first one to make that comparison, and I’ll admit I can definitely see some notable similarities. However, I hope I don’t annoy everyone around me as much as he seems to annoy everyone on there, as that certainly isn’t my intention…

Cheers for clearing that up, though; the fact I’m autistic means I often struggle with getting this sort of thing, especially over the internet.
P.S. I realise I’m drifting off-topic here; sorry about that, mods… I’ll get to doing the poll and restore the on-topic discussion!
 

Nicky Borrill

Giga Poster
I hope I don’t annoy everyone around me as much as he seems to annoy everyone on there, as that certainly isn’t my intention…
Absolutely not Matt!!! You’re far from annoying!!! If any comparisons were made, it would be to his qualities! (personally I absolutely love him!)
 

Will

Strata Poster
If you’re going to compare me to Sheldon; you’re far from the first one to make that comparison, and I’ll admit I can definitely see some notable similarities. However, I hope I don’t annoy everyone around me as much as he seems to annoy everyone on there, as that certainly isn’t my intention…!
Yeah... you're not the only one who gets compared to him ;) I've long since learned to take it as a compliment :)
(Will from the ****ing Inbetweeners on the other hand...)

This post was also brought to you by: having nothing to do with rollercoasters :)
 

Nicky Borrill

Giga Poster
Yeah... you're not the only one who gets compared to him ;) I've long since learned to take it as a compliment :)
(Will from the ****ing Inbetweeners on the other hand...)

Honestly don’t see how it could be anything else, the guy is a genius after all! And extremely likeable!

This post was also brought to you by: having nothing to do with rollercoasters :)

I mean… Closed season 🤷🏻‍♂️ If nobody went off topic the forums would be extremely quiet in Winter!

That being said, the thread probably has been off the rails (like what I did there ;) ) for too long…

So here’s my defunct list…

1) Corkscrew
2) Thunder looper
3) Black Hole
4) New Beast
5) Beastie
6) Mini Apple
 

Matt N

CF Legend
Sorry to double post, but the results are in, and they sure are interesting!
Current
In total, 33 members have pitched in their opinions on the current lineup since this thread was started, and here are the overall results based on their lists:
  1. Nemesis (Final Score 0.05 recurring)
  2. Wicker Man (Final Score 0.1020408163)
  3. Oblivion (Final Score 0.1101928375)
  4. The Smiler (Final Score 0.118 recurring)
  5. Thirteen (Final Score 0.1643709826)
  6. Galactica (Final Score 0.1662075298)
  7. Rita (Final Score 0.1982421875)
  8. Spinball Whizzer (Final Score 0.2195629553)
  9. Runaway Mine Train (Final Score 0.257 recurring)
  10. Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure (Final Score 0.64)
Former
In total, 5 members have pitched in their opinions on the defunct lineup since this thread was started, and here are the overall results based on their lists:
  1. Corkscrew (Final Score 0.32)
  2. Black Hole (Final Score 0.5625)
  3. Thunderlooper (Final Score 0.75)
  4. Beastie (Final Score 1.125)
  5. Alton Beast (Final Score 1.25)
  6. Mini Apple (Final Score 2)
  7. 4 Man Bob (Final Score 3)
  8. Alton Mouse (Final Score 5)
Here's the spreadsheet, if you're interested:

Hope you guys like the results; if you have any questions or concerns about how I calculated them, fire away!
 

Peet

Hyper Poster
Nice one Matt! That ranking is pretty close to my own, with Nemesis in a league of its own at the top, then WM, Smiler and Obliv all quite close (interchangeable for me).

Then below that we have the dissapointing period 2002-2010 of 3 major investments in a row which, let's face it are just not great (Air, Rita, Thirteen).
 

Hixee

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Also interesting that only Corkscrew and Blackhole would have made it into the overall Top 10 (unless they're being calculated separately, so not a fair comparison?).

Otherwise, yeah, @Peet sums it up pretty well.
 

Matt N

CF Legend
Also interesting that only Corkscrew and Blackhole would have made it into the overall Top 10 (unless they're being calculated separately, so not a fair comparison?).

Otherwise, yeah, @Peet sums it up pretty well.
With regard to the bolded, I did calculate the defunct coasters separately, so comparing the two like for like may not produce fully accurate results.
 

DelPiero

Strata Poster
Went at the weekend as did the half marathon and it was super quiet, multiple re-rides on the stuff we wanted to.

Nemesis was running incredibly, we got an Oblivion train to ourselves, Wickerman is a new coaster, absolutely brilliant ride. Smiler was closed, the way I like it.

After that day I'm considering putting Wickerman up to 2nd in my rankings at AT, but lets see how it runs next season before I do. I know @Mushroom will agree with me.
 

Matt N

CF Legend
Went at the weekend as did the half marathon and it was super quiet, multiple re-rides on the stuff we wanted to.

Nemesis was running incredibly, we got an Oblivion train to ourselves, Wickerman is a new coaster, absolutely brilliant ride. Smiler was closed, the way I like it.

After that day I'm considering putting Wickerman up to 2nd in my rankings at AT, but lets see how it runs next season before I do. I know @Mushroom will agree with me.
With regard to the bolded; I'm guessing you're no Smiler fan? While compiling the poll results, I did notice that both it and Rita were mysteriously absent from your most recent list... I did wonder whether you simply hadn't ridden either of them, but is it just that you find both so awful that you didn't deem them worth ranking?
 

Will

Strata Poster
I can only guess (and compare with psyke underground) but I reckon Thunderlooper would be higher if a larger number of our more senior members had voted. I reckon it'd at the very least make the Top 5 for me, if it were still standing today.
 

Nicky Borrill

Giga Poster
I can only guess (and compare with psyke underground) but I reckon Thunderlooper would be higher if a larger number of our more senior members had voted. I reckon it'd at the very least make the Top 5 for me, if it were still standing today.
I liked it a lot… Although I always preferred the Missile (a Vekoma boomerang!!!) more… So not sure what that means for it’s placing today?

I just felt that the boomerang did more, and was more intense, I don’t remember the Thunder Looper’s party trick, the launch, being particularly forceful! Plus, the Missile was unique to me, the only boomerang I rode until well into the next millennium!!!
 

DelPiero

Strata Poster
With regard to the bolded; I'm guessing you're no Smiler fan? While compiling the poll results, I did notice that both it and Rita were mysteriously absent from your most recent list... I did wonder whether you simply hadn't ridden either of them, but is it just that you find both so awful that you didn't deem them worth ranking?
That was intentional my friend.
Although Rita might make it back in there when I ride it again, couldn't justify a half hour queue for it the other weekend when everything else was walk on.
 
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