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The Smiler trains

The trains for Alton Towers' new roller coaster, The Smiler, have arrived at the park ahead of the attraction's expected debut in May 2013.

The official Alton Towers Twitter account tweeted the two images below, which reveal very little of the trains' design. One feature that is clear, however, is that riders will wear over-the-shoulder restraints when riding the park's newest addition. Testing of the ride is expected to take place during April, with the The Smiler's circuit now nearly complete.

The Smiler trains

Image © Alton Towers

The Smiler trains(2)

Image © Alton Towers

The Smiler, which had previously been known by its codename of "SW7", is currently under construction at a cost of some £18 million. Its circuit will feature two lift hills and a record-breaking number of inversions, and will be located alongside the existing Oblivion roller coaster in the X-Sector area.

The plot and theming of The Smiler is designed to tie in with The Sanctuary, the horror maze that debuted at the Scarefest 2012 Halloween events. To compensate for the absence of The Smiler in March and April, the park has brought back the maze for the start of the new season.

For more details of Alton Towers' new addition for 2013, see Theme Park Tourist's detailed breakdown of The Smiler plans.

You can keep up to date with the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new attractions through Theme Park Tourist's "New Attraction Watch" section, and by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

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