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Twisted Colossus Construction Update #15

By on 01/29/2015

I stopped by Six Flags Magic Mountain on Sunday, January 25th to get an update on both the park and the Twisted Colossus construction. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to post the pictures before leaving town on business early Monday morning. By the time you see this, there will have most likely been a bunch more progress made, however since the park isn’t open again until the weekend, these may still be new for some people.

The first thing you see upon arrival is that the lift hill and first drop visually appear to be complete. There’s obviously a lot more work to be done, such as adding motors, sensors, chain, etc, but this part of the structure and track look done:

Twisted Colossus

The catwalk and handrails also appear to be complete all the way up to the top on both sides:

Twisted Colossus

There are lots of coaster parts lined up all the way across the front of the coaster. You’ll also notice that both tracks have started up the second hill, the beginning of phase 2:

Twisted Colossus

Here’s a closer shot of where the track was as of Sunday afternoon:

Twisted Colossus

And a little bit closer:

Twisted Colossus

What the heck…let’s zoom all the way in:

Twisted Colossus

The structure coming out of the High 5 element looked different to me, but I’m not sure how:

Twisted Colossus

There were several new track pieces on the ground, ready to be installed:

Twisted Colossus

A lot of demolition work had been done on the old block brake run that was over the even older double-down element. It looked really thinned out:

Twisted Colossus

If you look closely, you can just see one curved piece of track left over from the old double-down, and I’m sure even that will be gone by the time you read this:

Twisted Colossus

I am glad they finally got rid of the double-down. I was afraid that they were going to say that it needed to remain to help keep the structural integrity. Good riddance to that eye sore:

Twisted Colossus

Demolition work is continuing on the front of the coaster, right up through the end of phase 2:

Twisted Colossus

Here’s a bunch more track ready to be installed:

Twisted Colossus

I’ll never get tired of looking at this pre-lift track. It simply doesn’t look possible that a coaster train would even be able to navigate it. It’s equally as bizarre to be able to see all the way through the coaster from the parking lot to the station. I sure can’t wait to ride it:

Twisted Colossus

There are many units of white lumber stacked between Twisted Colossus and Scream. It’s been hard to watch them cutaway and remove so much of the old coaster, but it’s nice to see so much lumber ready to help build it back up:

Twisted Colossus

Lastly, I saw what appears to be pallets and pallets of five gallon buckets. I don’t think this has anything to do with Twisted Colossus. My guess is that is the paint for Scream, which we all know is finally getting a refresh. Unfortunately, I couldn’t zoom in far enough to read what colors they were:

Twisted Colossus

That’s it for this update. Again, I apologize for the delay. I’ll be up here in Oregon through the end of the week, but should be able to get another update this weekend when I’m back home.

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10 Comments

  1. Casey

    01/29/2015 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks for the update! It seems like it’s coming along nicely. Does anyone know if they are still on schedule to be open by Spring like they said?

    • The Coaster Guy

      01/29/2015 at 5:36 pm

      It appears so. They’ve went back to saying “Spring” opening instead of Summer, so that’s a positive sign. However, Spring does go until June 30th.

  2. Ellex King

    01/30/2015 at 1:39 pm

    Why all of the negative talk on the original Colossus. Guess you and a lot of coaster lovers forgot how great the double down was especially during the years when the PTC Trains were installed on Colossus. You may not remember when the trains would not slow as much with the PTC Trains at the top of the lift hill vs. the Morgan Trains. There was GREAT OUT OF YOUR SEAT AIRTIME with the PTC Trains up the second hill and the first 180 degree turn around was taken at a good high rate of speed and the rest of the ride was one great airtime machine. So for you to say the double down was an eyesore is wrong. The eyesore was the stupid block brake that was added in 1991. Did you ever ride Colossus during the PTC years?

    • The Coaster Guy

      01/30/2015 at 4:43 pm

      The “eyesore” I was referring to was the covered up double-down, with the block brake over the top. I’ve never spoken negative about the double-down itself because I never experienced it. Therefore, I have nothing to base an opinion on.

    • Lora

      10/03/2016 at 11:15 pm

      Would have loved to have gone on it back in it’s prime but never got the chance someone had promised to take me but never did

  3. Roger

    01/30/2015 at 9:36 pm

    ^^Agree the double down was insane. Airtime on all the bunny hops on the last leg before you return to the station. In her prime, Colossus, was a great ride!

  4. Michael Ochs

    01/31/2015 at 1:41 am

    Great update, i hope the ride comes out great same for scream, i just hope they keep the fog horn, i love it, hope the new paint scheme is somewhat reminiscent to what it already was, anyway thanks for the update gotta go get my pass in February.

  5. Diego Valenzuela

    01/31/2015 at 3:05 pm

    The new colors for scream are DARK BLUE for the tracks and ORANGE for the support beams pic can be found on http://instagram.com/p/yiBLw5lR-q/?modal=true

    • The Coaster Guy

      01/31/2015 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks. I’ll be there tomorrow to check it out and take pics.

  6. Jorge

    01/31/2015 at 3:16 pm

    The new Scream! colors are Orange and Blue!! Orange supports and a Blue track!

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