Sunday, 16 July 2017

RCCGB Summer Bash 2017 Midi Report

Date: Saturday 8 July 2017
Venue: Dreamland, Margate
Who Went: Me and a large number of other RCCGB members, including Andy and Christine Hine, Alina, Ann Morgan, Death, Heather Hall, Henry, Isla, James.

DISCLAIMER: The above is NOT intended to be an exhaustive list of everyone who attended. It's a small sample of attendees; mainly those I spoke to and/or rode with at Dreamland. I sincerely apologise to anyone I've not listed.

N.B. Any use of "today" or "Saturday" in this report means Saturday 8 July 2017.

Rationale for Trip
A one-day mini trip from the RCCGB. Over the years the Summer Bash has usually been held in June or July at a park which has just opened a brand new (or relocated) coaster or other ride. This year the Summer Bash was held at Dreamland, Margate, primarily to ride the restored and reopened famous wooden roller coaster Scenic Railway.

Getting to Dreamland
After an exceptionally early awakening I caught the 05:48 train from Bath Spa to London Paddington. Having transferred to St Pancras on the Underground, I just had time to buy myself a takeaway Americano from Barzetti, St Pancras before catching the 08:25 train to Margate (which ran via Gravesend, Chatham and Whitstable). Having arrived Margate at 10:01, I walked straight to Dreamland which is only a few minutes' walk from the railway station.

Day at Dreamland

Welcome to Dreamland
Since I finally reached Dreamland after the planned 09.30 to 09.45 meet-up period, members booked on the trip had already entered and the Scenic Railway ERS had already begun. A security person was standing by a closed gate. I showed her my RCCGB membership card and stated I was booked on the trip, so let me through straightaway.

Scenic Railway ERS
The day began with an ERS on the famous Scenic Railway wooden roller coaster. During restoration the two end sections (which remained undamaged in the April 2008 fire) were demolished and the entire structure was rebuilt using new wood. Thus no part of the structure is original, which is a pity. The trains still have the brake man on board. Once admitted I was eager to start riding. During the rest of the ERS I ended up having six goes, one of which I sat next to Carol, and on one go I sat in the row behind the brake man. Of the various different rows I sat in, I didn't notice much difference between rows. Anyway this was another great wooden coaster to add to my coaster count. Due to my late arrival I collected my wristbands between my first and second goes and paid Nev my trip fee when the ERS ended.

Summary of my rides this ERS: Scenic Railway 6. Did anyone beat me on that?

Free Time
The ERS finally ended at 11:20. Immediately afterwards members gathered beside Scenic Railway for a group photo. Thereafter members spread around the entire park and took over the rides for the rest of the day. There were no further organised activities just for the Club later in the day.

Several others went to ride the Dodgems next. Although I'm never particularly keen on dodgems at the best of times, I decided to follow them and have one go on this occasion, and got on reasonably well. Afterwards I enjoyed one go on Magic Mouse (formerly the Fantasy Mouse at Fantasy Island Ingoldmells) with Death and another RCCGB member. Although I had previously ridden this mouse coaster under its previous name Fantasy Mouse when I visited Fantasy Island, Ingoldmells early July 2010, this was my first ever time of riding it under its new name at its new home. After a much-needed flat white coffee at Morelli's Gelato, I enjoyed two goes on the Beehive Coaster (back row followed by second row).

Being as the time was now after 13:15, I wanted to get some lunch next. I bought myself a pack of BLT sandwiches, an apple Danish pastry and an Americano as a takeaway from Octopus's Garden café and consumed them at one of the burger bar tables (near the Roller Room) next door. My first ride after lunch was Speedway on the motorbike called Nick. Riding this was similar to the 1937 Coronation Speedway at Folly Farm, Pembrokeshire. Next I rode Chair-O-Plane and Gallopers once each. Whilst riding the Gallopers I spotted Nev again, so after I left the ride we spoke to each other briefly and had a couple of pictures taken together. Afterwards I went on Big Wheel with Isla, Alina, Henry and James from the RCCGB.

Born Slippy is a 65 metre six-lane Astra slide. I wanted to slide all its six lanes, but since the attendant said sliders cannot use the far left and far right lanes I enjoyed sliding the four inner lanes once each. Next I had two goes on the Hurricane Jets (aka Zodiac Jets), plane 1 (Aries) followed by plane 6 (Virgo). After a much-needed whippy ice cream from The Stylish Ice Cream Co. I enjoyed Twister (Cyclone) and Waltzer once each. Having left the Waltzer there wasn't much time left before I had to leave around 17:15. I considered sliding the Helter Skelter next, but it was closed. Next I wanted to ride Magic Mouse, but due to its waiting time I left the queue soon after joining it. From there I proceeded to the Scenic Railway and, after a couple of runs, I managed to get into its second row. Obviously I only had time to ride Scenic Railway once, but I enjoyed this go very much. The perfect ride to end my day at Dreamland; where I began. Without further ado I headed for the park exit.

Summary of my day in order of activity

Morning ERS: Scenic Railway 6

Group Photo

Dodgems 1
Magic Mouse 1

White coffee at Morelli's Gelato

Beehive Coaster 2

Lunch

Speedway 1
Chair-O-Plane 1
Gallopers 1
Big Wheel 1
Born Slippy 4
Hurricane Jets 2

Whippy ice cream from The Stylish Ice Cream Co.

Twister 1
Waltzer 1
Scenic Railway 1

Cumulative Summary of My Rides (ERSs and Freetime Combined)

Ride
Total
Beehive Coaster
2
Big Wheel
1
Born Slippy
4
Chair-O-Plane
1
Dodgems
1
Gallopers
1
Hurricane Jets
2
Magic Mouse
1
Scenic Railway
7
Speedway
1
Twister
1
Waltzer
1
TOTAL
23

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Journey Home
The time was almost 17:30 when I left Dreamland, which was later than I really wanted. Without further ado I went to Papp's Fish and Chips, where I bought myself takeaway cod and large chips. Once my order was ready, I hurried back to the station as quickly as possible. When I got there at 17:46, the train which was to form the 17:53 service to London St Pancras International (which I had booked to catch) was just arriving on platform 4, so I hurried straight to that platform and got on immediately. Once on board I began eating my cod and chips. This time the train went via Ramsgate and Canterbury West to London St Pancras International. When I got there I transferred to Paddington on the Underground and just had time to buy myself a takeaway flat white coffee from Delice De France before joining the 20:12 train to Bath Spa. I finally reached Bath Spa at 21:59 and home a few minutes later.

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Outro

Highlights
Meeting members I'd met on previous Club trips again.
Morning ERS on Scenic Railway.
Adding Scenic Railway and Beehive Coaster to my coaster count.

Lowlights
Getting to Dreamland after the specified arrival time and thus missing part of the ERS.
Having to stop riding around 17:25 to begin my journey home when the rides were open later than that.

Summing Up
Altogether a coaster crazy day at Dreamland, my first ever time of going there. Although only a one-day trip, it was still great fun. A nice and straightforward little trip too, just a morning ERS followed by free time the rest of the day. It was great to meet Andy Hine, Ann Morgan, Heather Hall and several other members again. Also it was great to add another wooden coaster (Scenic Railway) and another steel coaster (Beehive Coaster) to my coaster count, and to re-ride Fantasy Mouse of Fantasy Island, Ingoldmells (which I previously rode at Fantasy Island in July 2010) under its new name at its new home for the first time. Furthermore the weather was good, dry all day and sunny at times. Many thanks to Andy Hine for organising this trip, and to the attendants for operating Scenic Railway before opening.

A more detailed report is available here

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RCCGB Summer Bash 2017

Date: Saturday 8 July 2017
Venue: Dreamland, Margate
Who Went: Me and a large number of other RCCGB members, including Andy and Christine Hine, Alina, Ann Morgan, Death, Heather Hall, Henry, Isla, James.

DISCLAIMER: The above is NOT intended to be an exhaustive list of everyone who attended. It's a small sample of attendees; mainly those I spoke to and/or rode with at Dreamland. I sincerely apologise to anyone I've not listed.

N.B. Any use of "today" or "Saturday" in this report means Saturday 8 July 2017.

Rationale for Trip
The one-day mini trip from the RCCGB, which usually takes place in June or July, and normally at a park which has recently opened a brand new (or new-to-the park relocated) roller coaster or other ride (exceptionally this trip took place early September in 2011, and didn't happen at all from 2012 to 2015 for various reasons). The chosen venue for the Summer Bash 2017 was Dreamland, Margate, primarily to ride the restored and reopened famous wooden roller coaster Scenic Railway.

Getting to Dreamland
For me an exceptionally early awakening (04:00) was necessary for me to get myself ready in time to catch the 05:48 GWR train Bath Spa to London Paddington. Due to engineering work in the Chippenham area this train had to be diverted via Trowbridge and Newbury, hence its only stop between Bath and London was Reading. Having reached London Paddington at 07:29 I transferred to St Pancras on the Underground. Once there, I just had time to buy myself a much-needed takeaway Americano from Barzetti, St Pancras before catching the 08:25 SouthEastern Javelin train to Margate. Having initially set off on part of the High Speed 1 line to Ebbsfleet International, the train continued via Gravesend, Chatham and Whitstable, and finally reached Margate at 10:01. Having arrived at Margate, I walked straight to Dreamland which thankfully is only a few minutes' walk from the railway station.

Day at Dreamland

Welcome to Dreamland
Members were asked to meet between 09.30 and 09.45 at the entrance in the road called 'Hall by the Sea'. Unfortunately, due to my pre-booked journey plan, it was not possible for me to arrive within that specified time span. Due to my arrival time at Margate railway station, the time was nearer to 10:10 when I arrived at the amenities building at the front of Dreamland. Although I was able to simply walk straight through that building, further into the park I encountered a closed gate with a member of security staff standing beside. Having showed that member of staff my RCCGB membership card and explained that I was booked on the trip, she said she was expecting me and let me through the gate. Once through, I headed straight for the Scenic Railway.

Scenic Railway ERS
The day began with an ERS on the famous wooden roller coaster Scenic Railway. Since the ERS was scheduled to start at 10:00, it was already underway when I got there. The original Scenic Railway operated at Dreamland from 3 July 1920 to 2006, and was damaged by fire on 7 April 2008. Although the fire damaged just the central section, leaving the two end sections undamaged, during restoration the two end sections were demolished and the entire structure was rebuilt using new wood. Thus no part of the structure is original, which is a pity. The trains still have the brake man on board.

Obviously I didn't have my trip badge or wristbands when I first approached Scenic Railway, but I was allowed to join the queue and collect those later (I collected my RCCGB wristband and Dreamland ride wristband from Christine Hine between my first and second goes). During the rest of the ERS I ended up having six goes as follows:

First go: 5th row.
Second go: Next to Carol.
Third go: 3rd row.
Fourth go: 3rd row with Martin.
Fifth go: In the row behind the brake man. After this go was over I thought the ERS was over and waited near Scenic Railway, but Nev said the ERS was still in progress and I should therefore continue riding, so I queued again for a sixth go.
Sixth go: 13th row (2nd from back). Once I had completed this go the ERS was officially over and Scenic Railway was open to the public.

Summary of my rides this ERS: Scenic Railway 6. Did anyone beat me on that?

Of the various different rows I sat in, I didn't notice much difference between rows. Altogether this was another great wooden coaster to add to my coaster count.

Free Time
The ERS was officially supposed to end when Dreamland opened to the public at 11:00. However the Club continued to have exclusive use of Scenic Railway for a bit longer. The ERS finally ended at 11:20. Immediately afterwards members gathered beside Scenic Railway for a group photo. Thereafter members spread around the entire park and took over the rides for the rest of the day. There were no further organised activities just for the Club later in the day. At this point I paid Nev my trip fee.

Dodgems
Several others wanted to take over the Dodgems next. Although I'm never particularly keen on dodgems at the best of times, I decided to follow them and have one go on this occasion. I sat in car 24 and got on reasonably well. My one go on the Dodgems now was my only time of riding them all day.

Magic Mouse
This Reverchon Spinning Coaster originally operated at Fantasy Island (Ingoldmells) as Fantasy Mouse from 2000 to 2015 (and also 2016). Since 26 May 2017 this coaster has been operating at Dreamland under the name Magic Mouse. Several RCCGB members attending the trip wanted to ride this next, so I took this opportunity to ride Magic Mouse. When it was my turn I sat in car 1 with Death and another RCCGB member. Although I had previously ridden this mouse coaster under its previous name Fantasy Mouse when I visited Fantasy Island, Ingoldmells early July 2010, this was my first ever time of riding it under its new name at its new home. To me, the ride experience was just the same as when I rode it at Fantasy Island in 2010, and the Magic Mouse at Brean. For now I limited myself to just one go on Magic Mouse. I was hoping to ride it again later, but eventually this turned out to be my only go on here all day.

Coffee Break
At this point I felt like a coffee, so I looked for an on-park café. I ended up going to Morelli's Gelato at the front of the park, where I had a much-needed flat white coffee.

Beehive Coaster
Next I approached the Beehive Coaster, as that was the one remaining coaster for me to ride at Dreamland. This Big Apple / Wacky Worm has been operating at Dreamland since 2017. I had two goes on Beehive Coaster.
First go: Back row. This should have been three laps, but since the operator stopped the train beyond the line, she had to run it around one more time, thus everyone on board ended up getting a fourth lap. From the back row I was able to see the front of the train as it went around the bends.
Second go: I was hoping to ride in the front row, but since that was occupied I sat in the second row. This time the ride consisted of just three laps as intended.

Lunch
Being as the time was now after 13:15, I wanted to get some lunch next. All I really wanted for lunch was a baguette or sandwich. I asked a member of staff where I could get a sandwich, and was told Octopus's Garden was the best place. When l got to its entrance, I was told I could approach the café servery and buy refreshments there, but I would have to consume my purchases somewhere else. Although I was only going to have a pack of sandwiches, I saw some Danish pastries at the counter, so I decided to have one of those as well, plus a coffee. In the end my takeaway consisted of a pack of two BLT sandwiches, one apple Danish pastry and a cup of Americano. Having paid, I immediately left Octopus's Garden and found another location to consume my takeaway lunch. Thankfully I was able to do that at one of the burger bar tables (near the Roller Room) next door.

Speedway
My first ride after lunch was Speedway. This ride, featuring motorbikes and carts fixed to a circular wooden undulating track, was constructed in 1934. Each bike is uniquely named; unsurprisingly I sat on bike called Nick. The ride went round and round, up and down, giving a ride experience similar to the 1937 Coronation Speedway (aka Royal Coronation Speedway) at Folly Farm, Pembrokeshire. My one go on this now was my only go on this all day.

Chair-O-Plane
This is basically a carousel with chairs hanging from chains. As the ride spins the chairs are forced outwards on an angle. My one go on this now was my only go on this all day.

Gallopers
Self-explanatory, I had one go on these galloping horses next. Riding them was just the same as galloping horses I have ridden at other funfairs or amusement parks. This was my only go on them all day. Whilst riding the Gallopers I spotted Nev again, so after I left the ride we spoke to each other briefly and had a couple of pictures taken together.

Big Wheel
Another self-explanatory ride, this big wheel is 35 metres high. Whilst queuing I met a few other RCCGB members, so I shared a pod with Isla, Alina, Henry and James from the RCCGB. My one go on this now was my only go on this all day.

Born Slippy
This is a 65 metre six-lane Astra slide. Facing downwards from the top, the lane colours, from left to right are: pale blue, orange, red, pink, green, yellow. I was hoping to slide all six lanes in sequence, but the attendant told me sliders are not allowed to use the far left and far right lanes as there is a risk of hitting one's elbow against the unpadded side walls. Anyway I enjoyed sliding the four inner lanes from left to right in sequence, those being orange, red, pink, green, once each. Sliders have to sit on a mat when using the slide; I had to give my mat up and obtain another between goes. All four inner lanes were quite fast.

Hurricane Jets
Back to a proper ride now, the Hurricane Jets. These are mini jet planes at the ends of arms which radiate from a central hub. One presses the lever down to go up and releases it to go down. Each plane has a number and a zodiac sign on it, which explains why the name Zodiac Jets appears on the ride itself. I ended up having two goes as follows:
First go: I got into plane 1 (Aries). When the ride started the planes all went around in a circle. Shortly afterwards I was able to lift my plane with the lever. Eventually all planes returned to their stationary height before the ride slowed and stopped.
Second go: This time I wanted to ride in the plane Libra (which is my star sign), but since that was unavailable, I sat in plane 6 (Virgo), as that's the star sign which precedes Libra.

Ice Cream Break
At this point I bought myself a much-needed whippy ice cream from The Stylish Ice Cream Co. and sat in the open space nearby to enjoy it. After all, a visit to a seaside funfair is not complete without an ice cream.

Twister
Just about everyone in the RCCGB must have been on this sort of ride at least once somewhere; you may have seen it called Cyclone. Dreamland call theirs Twister; the Dreamland website says this one was constructed in 1962. Another fun ride, and still one of my favourite non-coaster rides, but my one go on this now was my only go on this all day.

Waltzer
Another self-explanatory ride, this Waltzer was built in 1947. It was in motion when I joined the back of the queue. When it stopped and the people in front of me got on, I thought I might have to either share a car with someone else, or wait for the next run. Luckily car 3 was still empty, so I was able to occupy that car alone. The whole ride went around really fast, and my ride car spun a bit along the way. A fun ride, but I only had time for one go on this.

Having left the Waltzer I considered going on the Helter Skelter next, but its attendant told me it was closed (in fact it had been closed all day). Next I approached the Magic Mouse, only to be deterred by its queue length. Initially I joined the queue, but when I estimated how long it would take me to get on it, I left the queue after just a couple of minutes as I had a greater desire to fit in one go on Scenic Railway before I left.

Scenic Railway
I joined the queue for the Scenic Railway knowing it might take me about ten minutes or more to get on, and I needed to be out of the park by around 17:15. Once the ride which was already in progress was complete, another train load got on and the queue advanced. When that run was complete, I really needed to either get on the very next run or just leave. Thankfully when the people in front of me were on board, and I was at the front, the second row was still empty, so I was able to be accommodated. The train set off and the ride experience was basically the same as during the morning ERS. Obviously I only had time to ride this once, but I enjoyed this go very much. The perfect ride to end my day at Dreamland; where I began. Without further ado I headed for the park exit.

Summary of my day in order of activity

Morning ERS: Scenic Railway 6

Group Photo

Dodgems 1
Magic Mouse 1

White coffee at Morelli's Gelato

Beehive Coaster 2

Lunch

Speedway 1
Chair-O-Plane 1
Gallopers 1
Big Wheel 1
Born Slippy 4
Hurricane Jets 2

Whippy ice cream from The Stylish Ice Cream Co.

Twister 1
Waltzer 1
Scenic Railway 1

Cumulative Summary of My Rides (ERSs and Freetime Combined)

Ride
Total
Beehive Coaster
2
Big Wheel
1
Born Slippy
4
Chair-O-Plane
1
Dodgems
1
Gallopers
1
Hurricane Jets
2
Magic Mouse
1
Scenic Railway
7
Speedway
1
Twister
1
Waltzer
1
TOTAL
23

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Journey Home
The time was almost 17:30 when I left Dreamland for the final time, which was later than I really wanted. Nonetheless I still wanted to buy myself takeaway fish and chips nearby before returning to the station for the 17:53 train to London St Pancras International. The nearest fish and chip shop was Papp's Fish and Chips, so I went there to buy takeaway cod and large chips.

Once my order was ready, I hurried back to the railway station as quickly as possible. When I got there at 17:46, a SouthEastern Javelin was just arriving on platform 4. Glancing at the screen I quickly realised this was to form the 17:53 SouthEastern service to London St Pancras (which my Advance ticket was booked on), so I hurried straight to platform 4. When I got there the train was already for boarding, so I got on and began eating my cod and chips. Unlike the outward journey in the morning, this train went via Ramsgate and Canterbury West before joining the High Speed 1 line at Ashford International. Going that different route meant seeing different scenery to during my morning journey. Having got to London St Pancras International I resisted the temptation to have a coffee in one of the in-station cafés as my priority was to transfer to Paddington on the Underground as soon as possible. When I got to Paddington there was just enough time for me to buy myself a takeaway flat white coffee from Delice De France before getting on the 20:12 GWR train to Bath Spa. Just like in the morning, after Reading the train was diverted via Newbury and Trowbridge, instead of going the usual route through Swindon and Chippenham. I finally reached Bath Spa at 21:59 and home a few minutes later.

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Outro

Highlights
Meeting members I'd met on previous Club trips again.
Morning ERS on Scenic Railway.
Adding Scenic Railway and Beehive Coaster to my coaster count.

Lowlights
Getting to Dreamland after the specified arrival time and thus missing part of the ERS.
Having to stop riding around 17:25 to begin my journey home when the rides were open later than that.

Summing Up
Altogether a coaster crazy day at Dreamland, my first ever time of going there. Although only a one-day trip, it was still great fun. A nice and straightforward little trip too, just a morning ERS followed by free time the rest of the day. It was great to meet Andy Hine, Ann Morgan, Heather Hall and several other members again. Also it was great to add another wooden coaster (Scenic Railway) and another steel coaster (Beehive Coaster) to my coaster count, and to re-ride Fantasy Mouse of Fantasy Island, Ingoldmells (which I previously rode at Fantasy Island in July 2010) under its new name at its new home for the first time. Furthermore the weather was good, dry all day and sunny at times. Many thanks to Andy Hine for organising this trip, and to the attendants for operating Scenic Railway before opening.

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Saturday, 10 June 2017

Nemesis Nick's Coaster History June 2017

Here are all the roller coasters (steel and wooden) I have ridden since 1998. Note that some of these coasters have had name changes since my first ever time of riding them; where this has happened name changes, and approximate dates of the name changes, are shown. You may click on one of the links below to jump to a particular section, or alternatively you may wish to read the whole document start to finish.

Steelies
Woodies
Other

Steelies
Steel roller coasters I've been on since 1998:

Coaster Name
Venue
Date First Ridden
Further Riding
Dragon Coaster
Butlins Minehead
Thu 24 Sep 1998
None
Ski-jump Coaster
Travelling fair at Royal Victoria Park Bath
Tue 24 Jul 2001
None
Hornet Coaster
Flambards
Tue 9 Jul 2002
5 Jul 2003, 9 Jul 2003, 3 Jul 2004, 4 Jul 2005, 7 Jul 2006, 4 Jul 2007, 10 Jun 2008, 30 Sep 2009
El Pastil Loco / Maximus[1]
Devon's Crealy
Tue 30 Sep 2003
29 Aug 2004, 30 Sep 2005, 16 Oct 2005, 15 Oct 2006, 30 Sep 2007, 30 Sep 2008, 06 Jun 2009, 26 Sep 2010[2], 19 Jun 2011, 30 Sep 2012, 20 Oct 2013
Colossus
Thorpe Park
Thu 23 Jun 2005
24 Jun 2005, 21 Mar 2009, 30 Sep 2011, 22 Mar 2012, 30 Sep 2013, 30 Sep 2014, 30 Sep 2015, 30 Sep 2016
Nemesis Inferno
Thorpe Park
Thu 23 Jun 2005
24 Jun 2005, 21 Mar 2009, 30 Sep 2011, 22 Mar 2012, 30 Sep 2013, 30 Sep 2014, 30 Sep 2015, 30 Sep 2016
Klondike
Funland Hayling Island
Sat 9 Jul 2005
12 Sep 2009, 9 Oct 2010, 29 Oct 2011, 27 Oct 2012, 2 Nov 2013, 25 Oct 2014
AIR
Alton Towers
Sat 8 Oct 2005
None
Nemesis
Alton Towers
Sat 8 Oct 2005
7 Oct 2006
Spinball Whizzer
Alton Towers
Sat 8 Oct 2005
7 Oct 2006
The Beastie
Alton Towers
Sat 8 Oct 2005
7 Oct 2006
Runaway Mine Train
Alton Towers
Sat 8 Oct 2005
None
Corkscrew
Alton Towers
Sat 8 Oct 2005
7 Oct 2006
Oblivion
Alton Towers
Sat 8 Oct 2005
7 Oct 2006
Rita
Alton Towers
Sat 8 Oct 2005
7 Oct 2006
Cliffhanger
Blackgang Chine
Tue 28 Mar 2006
None
Cobra
Paultons
Sat 1 Jul 2006
30 Sep 2006, 13 Oct 2007, 18 Oct 2008, 17 Oct 2009, 11 Sep 2010
Stinger / Cat-O-Pillar[3]
Paultons
Sat 1 Jul 2006
30 Sep 2006, 13 Oct 2007, 18 Oct 2008, 17 Oct 2009, 11 Sep 2010, 9 Jul 2016[4]
Flying Frog / Dino Chase[5]
Paultons
Sat 1 Jul 2006
30 Sep 2006, 13 Oct 2007, 18 Oct 2008, 17 Oct 2009, 11 Sep 2010, 9 Jul 2016[6]
Rage
Adventure Island (Southend on Sea)
Sat 30 Jun 2007
23 Jul 2011
Green Scream
Adventure Island (Southend on Sea)
Sat 30 Jun 2007
23 Jul 2011
Barnstormer
Adventure Island (Southend on Sea)
Sat 30 Jun 2007
23 Jul 2011
Mighty Mini Mega
Adventure Island (Southend on Sea)
Sat 30 Jun 2007
23 Jul 2011
Pepsi Max Big One
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Sat 12 Apr 2008
18 Apr 2009, 17 Apr 2010, 16 Apr 2011, 14 Apr 2012, 6 Apr 2013, 26 Apr 2014, 27 Apr 2014, 12 Apr 2015, 2 Apr 2016, 3 Apr 2016, 22 Apr 2017, 23 Apr 2017
Steeplechase
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Sat 12 Apr 2008
18 Apr 2009, 17 Apr 2010, 16 Apr 2011, 14 Apr 2012, 6 Apr 2013, 26 Apr 2014, 27 Apr 2014, 11 Apr 2015, 12 Apr 2015, 2 Apr 2016, 3 Apr 2016, 22 Apr 2017
Infusion
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Sat 12 Apr 2008
18 Apr 2009, 19 Apr 2009, 16 Apr 2011, 17 Apr 2011, 14 Apr 2012, 15 Apr 2012, 6 Apr 2013, 7 Apr 2013, 26 Apr 2014, 27 Apr 2014, 11 Apr 2015, 12 Apr 2015, 2 Apr 2016, 3 Apr 2016, 22 Apr 2017, 23 Apr 2017
Morgan's Circus Clown Coaster
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Sat 12 Apr 2008
None
Irn Bru Revolution / Revolution[7]
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Sat 12 Apr 2008
18 Apr 2009, 17 Apr 2010, 16 Apr 2011, 6 Apr 2013[8], 26 Apr 2014, 27 Apr 2014, 11 Apr 2015, 12 Apr 2015, 2 Apr 2016, 3 Apr 2016, 22 Apr 2017, 23 Apr 2017
Avalanche
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Sat 12 Apr 2008
13 Apr 2008, 18 Apr 2009, 17 Apr 2010, 16 Apr 2011, 14 Apr 2012, 6 Apr 2013, 26 Apr 2014, 27 Apr 2014, 11 Apr 2015, 12 Apr 2015, 2 Apr 2016, 3 Apr 2016, 22 Apr 2017, 23 Apr 2017
Big Apple
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
Sat 28 Jun 2008
None
Saw-The Ride
Thorpe Park
Sat 21 Mar 2009
30 Sep 2011, 22 Mar 2012, 30 Sep 2013, 30 Sep 2014, 30 Sep 2015, 30 Sep 2016
Crazy Mouse
South Pier Blackpool
Sun 19 Apr 2009
None
Velocity
Flamingo Land, North Yorkshire
Sat 4 Jul 2009
None
Corkscrew
Flamingo Land, North Yorkshire
Sat 4 Jul 2009
None
Dragon Coaster
Flamingo Land, North Yorkshire
Sat 4 Jul 2009
None
Kumali
Flamingo Land, North Yorkshire
Sat 4 Jul 2009
None
Wild Mouse
Flamingo Land, North Yorkshire
Sat 4 Jul 2009
None
Mumbo Jumbo
Flamingo Land, North Yorkshire
Sat 4 Jul 2009
None
Speedy Coaster
Leisureranch Weymouth
Sat 8 Aug 2009
5 Jun 2010
Woody's roller coaster
Funland Hayling Island
Sat 12 Sep 2009[9]
9 Oct 2010, 29 Oct 2011, 27 Oct 2012, 25 Oct 2014, 15 Oct 2016
Super Dragon roller coaster
Funland Hayling Island
Sat 12 Sep 2009
9 Oct 2010, 29 Oct 2011, 27 Oct 2012, 2 Nov 2013, 25 Oct 2014, 15 Oct 2016
Go-Gator
Billy Danter's Funfair (travelling fair) at Bournemouth Pier Approach
Mon 28 Dec 2009
None
Go-Gator (Philip Stevens)
Travelling fair at Royal Victoria Park Bath
Thu 8 Apr 2010
None
Dragon's Fury
Chessington WOA
Sat 19 Jun 2010
None
Vampire
Chessington WOA
Sat 19 Jun 2010
None
Rattlesnake
Chessington WOA
Sat 19 Jun 2010
None
Runaway Train
Chessington WOA
Sat 19 Jun 2010
None
Fantasy Mouse
Fantasy Island (Ingoldmells)
Sat 3 Jul 2010
None
Millennium Roller Coaster
Fantasy Island (Ingoldmells)
Sat 3 Jul 2010
None
Jubilee Odyssey
Fantasy Island (Ingoldmells)
Sat 3 Jul 2010
None
Rhombus Rocket
Fantasy Island (Ingoldmells)
Sat 3 Jul 2010
None
Queen Bee
Botton's Pleasure Beach (Skegness)
Sun 4 Jul 2010
None
Runaway Train
Botton's Pleasure Beach (Skegness)
Sun 4 Jul 2010
None
Big Apple
Botton's Pleasure Beach (Skegness)
Sun 4 Jul 2010
None
Rockin Roller
Botton's Pleasure Beach (Skegness)
Sun 4 Jul 2010
None
Runaway Train
Dunes Leisure (Mablethorpe)
Tue 6 Jul 2010
None
Mini Mine Train
Pleasure Island (Cleethorpes)
Wed 7 Jul 2010
None
Boomerang
Pleasure Island (Cleethorpes)
Wed 7 Jul 2010
None
Little Dipper
Mack's Amusements (Cleethorpes)
Thu 8 Jul 2010
None
Kiddi-Koasta
Adventure Island (Southend on Sea)
Sat 23 Jul 2011
None
Astro Storm
Brean Leisure Park Fun City
Sat 3 Sep 2011
1 Sep 2012, 29 Jun 2013, 21 Jun 2014, 4 Jul 2015, 23 Jul 2016
Caterpillar Coaster
Brean Leisure Park Fun City
Sat 3 Sep 2011
1 Sep 2012, 29 Jun 2013, 21 Jun 2014, 4 Jul 2015, 23 Jul 2016
Shockwave / Crazy Loop[10]
Brean Leisure Park Fun City
Sat 3 Sep 2011
1 Sep 2012, 29 Jun 2013, 4 Jul 2015[11], 23 Jul 2016
Magic Mouse
Brean Leisure Park Fun City
Sat 3 Sep 2011
1 Sep 2012, 29 Jun 2013, 21 Jun 2014, 4 Jul 2015, 23 Jul 2016
X:\No Way Out / X[12]
Thorpe Park
Fri 30 Sep 2011
22 Mar 2012, 30 Sep 2013[13], 30 Sep 2014, 30 Sep 2015, 30 Sep 2016
Flying Fish
Thorpe Park
Fri 30 Sep 2011
22 Mar 2012, 30 Sep 2013, 30 Sep 2015, 30 Sep 2016
Ben 10 - Ultimate Mission
Drayton Manor Park
Sun 9 Oct 2011
12 Oct 2014, 4 Oct 2015, 2 Oct 2016
Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster
Drayton Manor Park
Sun 9 Oct 2011
12 Oct 2014, 4 Oct 2015, 2 Oct 2016
Shockwave
Drayton Manor Park
Sun 9 Oct 2011
12 Oct 2014, 4 Oct 2015, 2 Oct 2016
Buffalo Mountain Coaster
Drayton Manor Park
Sun 9 Oct 2011
12 Oct 2014, 4 Oct 2015, 2 Oct 2016
G Force
Drayton Manor Park
Sun 9 Oct 2011
12 Oct 2014, 4 Oct 2015, 2 Oct 2016
Swarm
Thorpe Park
Thu 22 Mar 2012
30 Sep 2013, 30 Sep 2014, 30 Sep 2015, 30 Sep 2016
Stealth
Thorpe Park
Thu 22 Mar 2012
30 Sep 2013, 30 Sep 2014, 30 Sep 2015, 30 Sep 2016
Treetops Rollercoaster
Oakwood Theme Park
Fri 10 Aug 2012
10 Aug 2013, 9 Aug 2014, 8 Aug 2015, 13 Aug 2016
Speed: No Limits
Oakwood Theme Park
Fri 10 Aug 2012
9 Aug 2014, 8 Aug 2015, 13 Aug 2016
Circus Clown
Oakwood Theme Park
Fri 10 Aug 2012
10 Aug 2013, 9 Aug 2014, 13 Aug 2016
Crocodile Coaster
Oakwood Theme Park
Sat 10 Aug 2013
9 Aug 2014, 8 Aug 2015, 13 Aug 2016
Crazy Mouse (Darren Matthews)
Seasonal ride at Weston-super-Mare seafront
Sun 31 Aug 2014
None
Velociraptor
Paultons
Sat 9 Jul 2016
None
Flight of the Pterosaur
Paultons
Sat 9 Jul 2016
None
Wild Mouse (Danter Attractions)
Funfair at Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare
Mon 29 Aug 2016
None
Runaway Mine Train
Funland Hayling Island
Sat 15 Oct 2016
None

[1] El Pastil Loco was re-themed and renamed Maximus at the start of 2010.
[2] First time of riding El Pastil Loco under its new identity Maximus.
[3] Stinger was re-themed and renamed Cat-O-Pillar at the start of 2015.
[4] First time of riding Stinger under its new identity Cat-O-Pillar
[5] Flying Frog was re-themed and renamed Dino Chase at the start of 2016.
[6] First time of riding Flying Frog under its new identity Dino Chase.
[7] Irn Bru Revolution was painted grey and renamed Revolution early 2012.
[8] First time of riding Irn Bru Revolution under its post 2012 identity Revolution.
[9] I may have previously ridden this Saturday 9 July 2005.
[10] Shockwave was renamed Crazy Loop at the start of the 2015 season.
[11] First time of riding Shockwave under its new identity Crazy Loop.
[12] X:\No Way Out was fitted with new forward facing trains, rethemed and renamed X at the start of the 2013 season.
[13] First time of riding X:\No Way Out under its new identity X.

Total 82 steel coasters altogether.

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Woodies
My experience of wooden roller coasters is still very limited by comparison.

Coaster Name
Venue
Date First Ridden
Further Riding
Roller Coaster / Nickelodeon Streak[14]
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Sat 12 Apr 2008
18 Apr 2010, 14 Apr 2012[15], 15 Apr 2012, 6 Apr 2013, 26 Apr 2014, 27 Apr 2014, 11 Apr 2015, 12 Apr 2015, 2 Apr 2016, 3 Apr 2016, 22 Apr 2017, 23 Apr 2017
Grand National
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Sat 12 Apr 2008
18 Apr 2009, 17 Apr 2010, 16 Apr 2011, 14 Apr 2012, 6 Apr 2013, 26 Apr 2014, 27 Apr 2014, 11 Apr 2015, 12 Apr 2015, 2 Apr 2016, 3 Apr 2016, 22 Apr 2017, 23 Apr 2017
Big Dipper
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Sun 13 Apr 2008
19 Apr 2009, 18 Apr 2010, 17 Apr 2011, 6 Apr 2013, 7 Apr 2013, 26 Apr 2014, 27 Apr 2014, 11 Apr 2015, 12 Apr 2015, 2 Apr 2016, 3 Apr 2016, 22 Apr 2017, 23 Apr 2017
Roller Coaster
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
Sat 28 Jun 2008
None
Zipper Dipper / Blue Flyer[16]
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Sat 18 Apr 2009
17 Apr 2010, 14 Apr 2012[17], 6 Apr 2013, 26 Apr 2014, 27 Apr 2014, 11 Apr 2015, 12 Apr 2015, 2 Apr 2016, 3 Apr 2016, 22 Apr 2017, 23 Apr 2017
Wild Mouse
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Sat 18 Apr 2009
16 Apr 2011, 14 Apr 2012, 6 Apr 2013, 26 Apr 2014, 27 Apr 2014, 12 Apr 2015, 2 Apr 2016, 3 Apr 2016, 23 Apr 2017
Megafobia
Oakwood Theme Park
Fri 10 Aug 2012
10 Aug 2013, 9 Aug 2014, 8 Aug 2015, 13 Aug 2016

[14] Roller Coaster was re-themed and renamed Nickelodeon Streak at the start of 2011.
[15] First time of riding Roller Coaster under its new identity Nickelodeon Streak.
[16] Zipper Dipper was re-themed and renamed Blue Flyer at the start of 2011.
[17] First time of riding Zipper Dipper under its new identity Blue Flyer.

Total 7 wooden coasters altogether, not many compared to steel.

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Other
Listed on Coaster-Count, but I've shown this separately as it's debatable whether or not this is a coaster:

Coaster Name
Venue
Date First Ridden
Further Riding
Weymouth Super Snails
Weymouth Beach
Sat 5 Jun 2010
None

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