Renold wins rollercoaster chain replacement order03 April 2019

The longest rollercoaster in Europe, has specified replacement chain from Renold for its two huge chain lift hills that raise the coaster trains on climbs of 102 and then 107ft respectively.

The Ultimate coaster, at Lightwater Valley, near Ripon in Yorkshire, was opened in July 1991. At the time it was the longest roller coaster in the world, at 7,442 feet, just short of one-and-a-half miles long, providing a whirlwind of a ride that lasts over five minutes.

The original chain for the Ultimate’s two lift hills was designed and manufactured by Renold, and has operated from 1991 until 2017 when, during scheduled maintenance, the chain on the smaller of the two lift hills was replaced.

An order to manufacture a replacement for the chain on the larger of the two lift hills was won by Renold in January 2019. The new 559-foot long, 6-inch pitch roller coaster chain, with a breaking load of 90Klb and a special Renold protective surface treatment, was manufactured by the same engineers that produced the original chains at Renold’s UK Chain Centre in Bredbury, Stockport.

Alec Annand, Renold’s UK Chain Centre manager attributed the long life of the original chain to its quality and the “excellent maintenance regime” at Lightwater Valley.

Will Dalrymple

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