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Twisted Colossus Construction Update #6

By on 11/01/2014

I know it’s been a few weeks since my last Six Flags Magic Mountain update, but my work life keeps getting in the way of my hobby, and with the park only being open on the weekends, it’s been tough for me to find the time to get over for an update. However, I was able to sneak over for a quick check-in yesterday during lunch. Twisted Colossus is continuing to make progress, although after being away for three weeks, there isn’t quite as much progress to show as you might think. These photos were taken on 31 October 2014.

The first thing you notice as you pull into the parking lot is that the part of the lift hill that was lost in the fire has been completely rebuilt. It’s kind of hard to see in this photo because of the white clouds, but all of the new structure (the very top of the lift hill) has a crisp white paint job, which makes the rest of the structure look incredibly dirty and grungy. It’s very noticeable as you drive by the park on the nearby interstate highway:

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Here’s a shot of what they had to rebuild on the lift hill from another angle:

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And one more close-up of the new structure that was just added:

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Maybe it’s just me, but it looks like the cross-bracing method they used on the new section is slightly different, or at least more robust, than what was there before:

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The second most noticeable thing was that they have started to demolish the double-up element going up into the second horseshoe turn-around:

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And by “started,” what I really meant was that it’s already completely gone:

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Here’s a photo of it from the other side, inside the park:

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They are continuing to thin out the trees all around the station. They’re thin enough now where the new track exits the station that you can see the drop that occurs just before the crazy pre-lift hills:

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All of the trees have been removed from the far side of that station. So many that, in my opinion, the entire station now looks like a 1970’s gas station canopy, just like the one in the RV parking lot:

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All of the air gates on the right side of the station have been left in place and will presumably be used for Twisted Colossus as well:

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The left side of the station looks very barren with the track and all of the trees removed:

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All of the air gates and queue stanchions on the left side of the station have been removed. The track is also gone and a plywood bridge has been placed over the gap where the track once was:

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I have never been underneath the Colossus station, but I know it housed all of the electronics and switches that once controlled the mighty beast. I zoomed into the dark gap seen in the above photo, underneath the plywood, and it doesn’t look like there is much of anything down there these days:

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It’s really weird not seeing any trees or a track looping around the left side anymore:

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The void where the left track used to come into the station has nothing but a felled tree in it:

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Nothing new to see on this side of the coaster other than where some trees used to be:

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If you look to the right, underneath the slanted green track returning to the station, you will see some new green track. I believe that this is the new storage track, right where the old storage track used to be:

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Looking from the other side, there does appear to be some new steel, with rollers, so this must be part of the new transfer track. The green track we see looks like a base, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some more track added on top of this that will be the actual storage track. Or perhaps this section is just temporarily upside down while they attach the roller assembly:

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There doesn’t appear to be any new track work anywhere else. In a previous update, I was questioning why they wouldn’t start the green track at the bottom of the hill, like the blue track. I was quickly reminded that this is where the blue track will be transitioning into the green track for the second lap around the track, so the track probably won’t be starting at the bottom of the hill. Instead, a curved piece of blue track will likely be connected to the green track here:

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There are a few more pieces of straight green and blue track that have arrived out front. There are also some new brown steel supports with an angled base plate. I have no idea where they are going, but the color is very similar to the existing brown support columns in the station:

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As I was leaving, there were three separate crews back at work on the structure. The first two guys were found at the end of the cable from the big yellow crane seen in the first two photos above. They appeared to be working on adding cross-bracing to the new parts of the structure that were added after the fire:

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It looked like they were setting the pieces in place, drilling the holes, and bolting them on:

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The second group had three guys and they were found at the top of the second hill. Note that the guy on the far left has a giant circular saw in his hand:

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He was using the circular saw to cut the track into manageable sized pieces, like were seen in previous updates, so that they can easily be removed:

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The last two guys were working out of a bucket lift up where we saw the double-up element being removed above. They were giving hand signals to the operator of the smaller crane:

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They had just rigged a section of the track they cut away and were having the crane pull it out:

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Up, up, and away it went:

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It looked like the sections of track being removed were being piled up close to the bucket lift:

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Speaking of debris, the giant pile that was inside of the structure is now gone. I suspect that our local landfill now has a sizable piece of Colossus in its belly, just in case you’re desperate for a piece of it:

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That’s going to do it for this update. Again, I do apologize that it’s been a few weeks, however my full attention goes to the job that pays the bills, and unfortunately that’s not this blog. Now that Fright Fest is over, I’ll keep an eye out for any more changes to the park as they start their final preparations for Holiday in the Park.

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7 Comments

  1. steve austin

    11/02/2014 at 12:24 am

    Hi Kurt, great update as always. I also noticed the difference in the new part of the lift hill structure where the fire was. It looks to me like they doubled up on the crosshatching bracing of the bents and also made the horizontal supports closer together than the original.

    • Charles

      11/05/2014 at 9:12 pm

      Thanks Kurt!! I understand about being to busy, I cannot find time, to drive there from Long Beach, your pictures and comments are very much appreciated!! I have cell phone video from the parking lot of the three last runs of Colossus Aug 16. Charles

  2. Chris

    11/06/2014 at 11:40 pm

    Thank you
    Great update glad to see progress on the hill begin again

  3. michael ochs

    11/07/2014 at 5:07 pm

    another great update, i can’t wait to see what else will happen, also i hope they do the carnival theme, really don’t want the steampunk one.

  4. tina

    11/08/2014 at 11:24 am

    Nice to see that progress is being made on other part of the ride besides the first hill. I have an employee friend that told me that magic has already decide to open Twisted Colossus in June 2015. He also told me that they were going to have another meeting to decide the day they are going to open it but that has yet to be discussed. Great update as always! I look forward to the next. BTW, I might be going to magic on Tuesday for Veterans Day so I will tell you what’s new.

    • tina

      11/13/2014 at 8:49 am

      Not much changed:-(

      • Daniel

        11/13/2014 at 11:01 am

        Awwwww :/

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