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Twisted Colossus Construction Update #2

By on 09/14/2014

It would appear on first glance that a lot of work was done on the Twisted Colossus transformation at Six Flags Magic Mountain this week, with a large chunk of the lift hill now gone. Unfortunately, that was caused by a fire on the lift hill earlier this week. Fortunately, the fire department was quick to respond and the damage was minimized. The part of the structure that was burned has already been removed and can easily be rebuilt. The park has indicated that the incident will not affect the planned Spring opening for Twisted Colossus. These photos were taken on 14 September 2014.

This is what the top of the lift hill looks like from the parking lot side:

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They have cut away the parts burned in the fire and will rebuild it:

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As seen from the side profile angle:

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A close-up of the cuts made on the lift hill side from underneath:

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This is what it looks like looking up the lift hill. Just a little shorter than I remember it being:

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A close-up of the top of the lift hill:

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This is the top of the first drop. Most of the structure is still there, but the rails have been removed:

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Here you can see how far down the first drop the rails have already been removed:

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A close-up of the cuts made on the first drop rails from underneath:

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It looks like they’re going to continue working their way down the first drop, removing the rails:

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Here’s the lift hill, gap, and first drop as seen from the drop side:

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They’re using a pretty serious crane for this work, but I can’t help but think how small it is compared to the Mr. Crane (“What’s that name?”) they used on Full Throttle:

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More track has arrived and it’s being stored right in front of the structure:

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Both green and blue track are in the pile. I imagine they install both sides simultaneously:

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I wonder if the MM (hard to see) welded on the side of the track stands for Magic Mountain:

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Here, perhaps this will help:

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Lots of steel supports with flanges on each end are starting to show up:

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More steel supports starting to be stacked up:

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More steel supports, but no flanges on the ends of these:

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I thought I had heard that removing all of the electrical was one of the first things they did. That must not be the case because I still see electrical boxes up on the lift hill with wires hanging out of them. Of course, I’m sure nothing is live and you can even see one of the conduits is severed:

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I’m really hoping they remove these. They’re eye sores and no longer serve a purpose:

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There’s nothing to report on the station since last week. It hasn’t been touched:

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I did happen to notice some fire hose while looking up the exit of the station. I’m not sure if this was leftover from using it on the fire earlier in the week, or if they decided to hook it up after the fact and have it on stand-by in case of another emergency, or both. Probably not a bad idea to have it ready to go, just in case:

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That’s it for this week’s Twisted Colossus construction update. Here are some related stories I posted in case you missed them:

Colossus Catches on Fire

Twisted Colossus Construction Update #1

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22 Comments

  1. Byron

    09/14/2014 at 10:47 pm

    First off, great update as always. Quick question, wont twisted colossus be the only hybrid with a double up and a double down? I’m surprised sfmm didnt market that if so.

    • The Coaster Guy

      09/14/2014 at 11:08 pm

      I’m not even sure it’ll have those elements. I’ll need to re-watch the animated video.

  2. Jimmy T

    09/14/2014 at 11:33 pm

    Thank you for the update Kurt. As always the best.

  3. Albert

    09/15/2014 at 2:34 am

    Roger & I were there yesterday too. Spent the day in HH then went over to MM. If we’d have known you were there…

    Any idea why they closed a section of the Lazy river? They seemed very short staffed on Lifeguards.

    • Ryan O'Neill

      09/15/2014 at 8:20 am

      I’m curious, how do they go about closing a “section” of the Lazy River? Can you only float around halfway, then you have to get out and walk back to where you started?

    • Miklo De La Noche

      09/15/2014 at 9:44 am

      yeah that was a pain in the butt. we were floating around and all of a sudden they were telling us to get out and walk. but on the bright side, we had never tried that slide on that side so it gave us a chance to try it.

    • Roger

      09/15/2014 at 7:33 pm

      Hope it wasn’t due to a bio-hazard!

    • Gregg

      09/15/2014 at 8:20 pm

      When we were at HH two weeks ago some of the new plaster was coming up. That could be why. What area of the lazy river was closed?

  4. Matthew

    09/15/2014 at 7:04 am

    Thanks sooooo much for the update.

  5. Henry

    09/15/2014 at 1:17 pm

    I read on the SFNE online forums that when RMC was using the fire torching procedure on Cyclone, they were spraying water on Cyclone. Maybe the drought was a cause for the fire?

    • The Coaster Guy

      09/15/2014 at 1:33 pm

      Drought doesn’t cause fires, but it might be a reason they weren’t keeping the structure wet while using cutting torches on it. With drought conditions, fire danger increases. At a minimum they should’ve had somebody standing right next to the work being done with a fire extinguisher in hand and ready to go if needed.

    • Roger

      09/15/2014 at 7:35 pm

      ^Agree with Kurt. Where was the fire watch?

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  7. Dane. P

    09/15/2014 at 8:30 pm

    Have they announced a month for Twisted Colossus opening or do we just know spring?

  8. josh.f

    09/16/2014 at 11:37 am

    Memoraial day

  9. josh.f

    09/16/2014 at 11:38 am

    *memorial

  10. Johnny

    09/17/2014 at 9:06 am

    I was told by a couple of “people” that they are pushing for a Memorial Day opening. But realistically, I’m thinking late June. Especially now.

  11. Mattheww

    09/17/2014 at 12:02 pm

    I wonder when they will start laying down the track

  12. Randie

    09/18/2014 at 1:02 pm

    Thanks for the update Kurt

  13. Aug

    09/22/2014 at 4:43 pm

    why didn’t you do one this weekend?

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