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Grand National at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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Roller coaster

Grand National is one of only a handful of Möbius Loop roller coasters still operating, and features trains that “race” each other as they traverse near-identical halves of the same circuit. It was first opened in 1935, and features old-style trains with padded seating and lap bars for protection.

Trains on the two circuits are released from the station simultaneously, climbing a lift hill past a sign that reads “They’re Off”. Similar signs around its circuit mark elements from the Aintree course that hosts the annual Grand National horse race. In total, the ride’s two halves feature 3,302-feet each of hills and turns, culminating in a race to the finishing line that is usually decided by the weight of the riders in each train.

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Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures

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Reviews of Grand National:

An absolute classic
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Thursday, February 16, 2017 23:06

This is one fo the very few twin coasters in Europe, with two coasters starting off together, as if in a race.

What makes this a classic is that it is exactly that, a classic. It's structure is wooden, and it rattles and rocks like a wooden coaster, but I've never been on a coaster that is as much fun as this. It is also quite a long ride, it seems to last about 5 mins, which is a long while for a coaster.

If you got to BPB, don't miss this ride.


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