A mysterious new development commenced at Thorpe Park in 2015, with the construction of a new dark ride, later announced as Derren Brown’s Ghost Train, which eventually opened during the 2016 season.

23rd February 2015

The former Arena site has been cleared and major work will commence once planning permission has been granted.

28th May 2015

The outline for the building foundations has started to appear with a metal retaining wall in place ready for excavation.

Photos taken with permission from the top of Colossus during a coaster climb.

5th July 2015

Work is progressing on the main foundations for the building, with concrete posts being installed within a pit in the ground situated near the site of the former Carousel to help support the main structure.

8th August 2015

The lower part of the ride building is rising quickly. The construction area has been temporarily extended to accommodate heavy construction vehicles.

14th August 2015

Vertical construction has been continuing at a rapid pace with a roof now installed on the first section of the building. Metal supports have been installed around the sides to support the building’s exterior cladding. Inside, what appears to be some form of tunnel is being installed, however it is now known at this stage how this will fit into the overall attraction.

29th August 2015

The constructed portion of the lowest part of the building has received its red corrugated metal cladding, similar to the nearby building which houses X. Elsewhere on site, the concrete foundations for the other sections of the building have been poured. New promotional posters advertising the MindsWanted website have replaced those previously on the construction walls.

1st November 2015

Almost all of the building’s steelwork has now been erected, with the tallest section of the building now having the first stages of its themed cladding applied. At the very front of the building a brick wall is being constructed, as the building’s interior becomes increasingly enclosed, keeping its secrets out of sight.

Closed Season 2015/16

With the park now closed until March 2016, construction was now able to progress away from the prying eyes of guests. By January the structure was largely complete with the main ride building already receiving a significant amount of its ‘Thorpe Junction’ theming, whilst the lower section began to receive its cladding and the queue-line its canopy framework.

Images credit to THORPE PARK Resort social media.

13th March 2016

When the park opened for the Annual Pass Preview Day, the building looked vastly different to what it did at the end of the 2015 season. The warehouse exterior is now fully themed, including painted signage along with distressed and broken windows. The majority of the queueline has been installed, including the gated entrance to the ride and its sig