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Superman Testing With Water Dummies At Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 02/12/2011

Superman: Escape from Krypton was undergoing testing today at Six Flags Magic Mountain using water dummies. Unfortunately, one of the launches failed and the car stalled on the track. Fortunately, I just happened to catch it on video.

As I was walking through the park today, I couldn’t help but notice (more like heard) that they sent one of the new cars through a test run up the left track. I wasn’t far away so I walked back over to where the track crosses overhead and I was just in time to snap the following photo. Two things to note in this photo; 1) It’s loaded with water dummies, a good sign that they are now testing with a fully loaded car, and 2) It’s still going much higher than it has in years. Check out how close it came to the upper brakes:

I decided to make a video of the next run, but as you will see, something failed and the car never had enough steam to make it up the vertical track. It stalled at the base of the curve and came to a stop just above the walkway:

Here are some photos of the car as it sat on the tracks, waiting to be rescued:

If you look closely at the bottom of this photo, you will see the guy getting ready to attach a steel cable to the car so they can pull it back to the station. Once they had it connected, it was a very slow process for them to winch the car all the way back to the station:

One Comment

  1. Ryan O

    02/13/2011 at 7:38 am

    I wonder if that’s the same mechanism they use to pull it back out of the station’s emergency brakes? I was in a car that went onto the emergency brakes, and it took about 10 minutes to go 10 feet, so I can imagine how long it might take to pull the car all the way back from the base of the tower.

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