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Twisted Colossus Construction Update #10

By on 12/08/2014

There are not a lot of visible changes since our Twisted Colossus construction tour a couple of weeks ago at Six Flags Magic Mountain, so this will be a short construction update. These photos were taken on Sunday, 7 Dec 2014.

The first thing you notice from the parking lot is that there has been some work at the very top of the lift hill, preparing for the “topping off,” or the installation of the track on the highest point of a roller coaster. For Twisted Colossus, that will be where the track rounds over the top of the lift hill:


Taking a closer look at the top of the lift hill, you not only see the new white wood that was added, but also a bunch of steel supports to securely hold the track:


The other big change is that most of the track after the old double-down element has been removed:


You can see where the old metal track supports were cut away:


Here’s a slightly closer shot of the same section where the track was removed:


It looks funny because the old Colossus has been completely severed in half. There is absolutely no original structure or track left connecting the left and right sides together:


If you look really close on the far side, you can see some new white structure starting to be added that will support the track as it comes down off the first drop:


There will soon be much cheering amongst the Colossus faithful. The original double-down element, that was a huge fan favorite back in the day, was covered up with a straight section of track long ago to make way for a new block brake. You can see it in the next photo, with the new track going over the top. Judging by where they have already removed track, that will be the next section to be ripped out. Even though the double-down will be removed as well, I’m sure it will make many people happy to see that block brake finally destroyed:


More track has arrived and is awaiting installation. Judging by the slight curve, and the fact that they’re installing the track in order, this is likely for the first drop:


Not much has changed to the lift hill from inside the park. The catwalk and railing up the lift hill on the blue side looks pretty complete, with the green side being about halfway done:


They are also in the process of installing a new catwalk up the middle of the two tracks. I’m not exactly sure why they have wood clamped to the track, but based on its width I’d guess it was for the middle catwalk. Perhaps they clamped a few pieces down to try and remove some curvature before installing it:


I mentioned the transfer track being built during the construction tour, but I didn’t have a very good photo of it. Here is a better shot of it upside down, having the slider wheels installed:


That’s it for this edition of the Twisted Colossus construction update. I told you it was going to be short. There were pictures of the blue track being topped off on Saturday, but the piece was later removed. I suspect that by the time you read this, it will be topped off, so expect to see some photos of that soon.

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  1. Eric

    12/08/2014 at 9:57 pm

    I was wondering when that mid-course eyesore was going to be removed. Looks like we won’t have to look at it for much longer. Thank goodness for that!

    Short or not, nice update.

  2. William (williamyamsters)

    12/08/2014 at 10:24 pm

    They also put the top blue pieces on that started to curve down but took it off later because they didn’t fit properly!

  3. Jimmy Tovar

    12/08/2014 at 10:32 pm

    As always thanks for the update Kurt. Was wondering though, are they re-using the wheels of the transfer track or adding new ones?

    • The Coaster Guy

      12/09/2014 at 8:36 am

      I was wondering the exact same thing, Jimmy. I was going to comment on it, but decided not to. I would hope they would use everything new, especially with the weight of the track and the new trains.

      • benjamin

        12/10/2014 at 4:28 pm

        I noticed that the structure for the transfer track is the same one from the original ride. While new wheels sound like a great idea the old ones work just fine and will work just fine. It’s one of those things that can always come back and bite them when the ride is ready to open.

  4. Ellex King

    12/09/2014 at 6:01 pm

    It was a sad day when the block brake was added in 1991 and took away the double down. Does anyone remember the red PTC Train that made a roaring sound when Colossus re-opened back in 1979 and the awesome roar that was created when the trains ascended the climb to the double up? That’s the colossus I will always love. What is happening to true wooden roller coaster preservation.

  5. Charles

    12/09/2014 at 6:53 pm

    Hi Kurt, Good work on the new photos, very much appreciated, I’am planning to go DEC 21, I have mixed feelings about the changes, are there any detail track plans that we can view? Happy Holidays everyone! Charles

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