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Twisted Colossus Construction Update #12

By on 12/21/2014

It’s an exciting time to be covering the Twisted Colossus construction at Six Flags Magic Mountain because they are to the point where it’s mostly track work and it’s very easy to see what they are working on. They are also moving very fast, so there is new track going down almost every day now. These photos were taken on Sunday, December 21st.

You can’t miss Twisted Colossus as you pull into the parking lot now because both the blue and green track have crested the top of the lift hill and made it all the way to the bottom of the first drop:

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It’s looks great now, but will look even better once the structure gets a fresh coat of white paint:

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From this angle, Goliath’s name seems to be even more appropriate as it looms overhead:

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The blue track has not only reached the bottom of the first drop, but it’s also got a small hill before it starts back up the second hill:

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Here is a better shot of the small hill. I’d like to think it’s a bunny hill that will give a great negative-G jolt, but it looks too elongated, so maybe we’ll get just a small pop of airtime:

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Here is a side profile of the two tracks rounding over the top of the lift hill:

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It looks like they had to use some pretty creative bracing for the tracks on the first drop:

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These are the same braces, as seen from the side:

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This is where the green track ends. I’m sure by the end of the next work day it will have a small hill as well, just like the blue track does:

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The steel cross bracing has been placed on the second hill and it looks like it’s ready for some track:

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Here’s a tighter shot of the second hill steel supports that are ready for the track. You can see them start to get angled on the far left, lining the track up for the “high five” element:

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This is a wide shot showing the second hill supports on the far right. You can see all of the extensive modifications that were done to the original structure to accommodate the high five element during the turn around:

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The other end of the structure looks hilarious! It may have been completely severed from the rest of the coaster, but otherwise it hasn’t been touched yet and is still completely intact:

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As you can see, it’s been completely cutoff from the rest of the structure:

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That is one quick stop and a very long drop:

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Six Bents Magic Mountain? It’s hard to see in the photo, but this is a very small section of structure, only six bents worth, that has been left standing all on its own. It’s obviously going to be used, but it just looks funny sitting there all by itself, like an island:

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This has nothing to do with Twisted Colossus, but as I was walking through the empty parking lot this morning taking these pictures, we were in the middle of a very heavy wind storm. The trash cans started blowing over, one by one, and they made an incredible crashing noise. I was also being pelted by dirt, rocks, and debris that the wind was picking up from the parking lot. I felt like I was in a war zone:

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That’s it for this construction update. I’m off from work this entire week and next, and I plan on visiting the park quite a bit during that time, so look for more updates real soon.

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11 Comments

  1. steve austin

    12/21/2014 at 5:26 pm

    I really like the way the blue and green track look on this, it was a great choice of colors. Kurt, do you know if they are going to remove the lower track of classic Colossus from the first turnaround?

    • Francisco O.

      12/21/2014 at 6:17 pm

      I saw in a construction update video that the track in that section will remain due to structural reasons, its pretty interesting as to how it will look like when the rides finished.

    • Eric

      12/21/2014 at 7:04 pm

      I too saw the same construction video (from In The Loop), where the old final turn will remain intact, along with old air-time hill below the lift-hill before old brake run remaining in place. Unless RMC and SFMM can get creative, and cover up the old track that won’t be used anymore. Twisted Colossus is looking great, especially with green side of the lift-hill finally being topped off.

  2. Michael Ochs

    12/21/2014 at 6:34 pm

    Thanks for the new update, gotta say though, the support beams for the first drop don’t look that safe.

  3. Eric

    12/22/2014 at 2:50 am

    I went out there today to see Greyhound’s 100th anniversary display, but I never went into the park. Before I left home, I read reports about the wind causing many of the major attractions to shut down, so I decided to skip the park and focus on the buses. Later on, I’ll write a blog post about that. Any of you can click my name in any of the comment sections here at The Coaster Guy to get to my blog.

    • Charles

      01/12/2015 at 10:08 pm

      Thanks Eric for the Greyhound photos, I could not get to park that day. My mom took me on the Greyhound to Magic mountain in 1970-71 when the park first opened, and we rode RTD too. I tried to post on your site it does not take AOL. Thanks Kurt for passing this message along. I feel they cut down the turnarounds too much, I guess at the rate of speed, and G force, it had to be done. I have been following the Cyclone rebuild @ SFNE site, it gives an idea what is going on here. Thanks for update 14 Kurt …. Charles

  4. Erik

    12/22/2014 at 1:39 pm

    awesome, thanks Kurt

  5. Nathan

    12/26/2014 at 4:20 pm

    Great update! Love the website…keep up the good work!

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