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Twisted Colossus Construction Update #18

By on 03/02/2015

It’s been two weeks since I’ve been to Six Flags Magic Mountain and the Twisted Colossus build is really picking up steam(punk) now. These pictures were taken on Sunday, March 1st.

The entire first turn around, including the brand new High 5 element, has been completed. This is a very twisted section of track and is a far cry from the slow, lumbering turnaround that used to exist here:

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This is the first High 5 coaster element in the entire Western Hemisphere:

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If you’re not familiar with a High 5, the tracks roll into a 90 degree bank on their sides, facing each other. If the trains are properly lined up, it gives the illusion that the riders in each train can stretch their hands out and “High 5” the riders in the other train:

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It took a lot of reinforcing steel to support the High 5 element:

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I love this next photo. It gives an optical illusion that one section of blue track is crossing underneath the High 5 element:

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Some very long pieces of lumber were needed to help tie the new High 5 steel supports into part of the original structure that had been cut away:

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From the side you can see that both tracks exit the High 5 and rise up slightly. The blue track dives down low while the green track continues on a bit higher:

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From a slightly different angle, the two tracks appear to parallel each other:

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From the front, it’s easier to see the blue track diving down low and the green track continues to rise up a bit:

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The green track will be entering the Double Down element on this drop, crossing over the top of the blue track in the process:

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There is a lot of special steel supports needed to keep all that heavy track in place:

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Here’s a better shot of the steel supports needed to secure the track:

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The green track didn’t go much higher before starting its drop as well:

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Several of the supports for the Double Down element have already been placed:

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Here you can see the steel chains used to hold the track in place until they can properly secure it to the supports and the next section of track:

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There’s lots of new, white wood stacked up out front. As they start to lay track on this side of the structure, this wood will be used to build over and around the track for the new elements like the Top Gun Stall and the Zero G Roll:

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There’s also a lot of new steel track pieces ready to be installed:

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More track pieces ready to go down:

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And even more track pieces ready to go down:

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I find it interesting that the old crow’s nest from the lift hill has been preserved. I have no idea what they could use it for, but it’s still in one piece:

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That’s it for this week’s Twisted Colossus construction update. What do you think? Are you getting excited to ride it yet?

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29 Comments

  1. Jimmy T

    03/02/2015 at 10:18 pm

    Awesome pictures, the best updates as always Kurt. I just hope they don’t plan on including that crows nest on the ride. Can’t any news on what color scheme the trains for Scream will be getting?

  2. Andrew

    03/02/2015 at 10:44 pm

    I know it will function, but the straight peices of wood behind the blue track in the Hogh- don’t look like they’ll provide support and brake under pressure.

    • The Coaster Guy

      03/03/2015 at 6:55 am

      They won’t break. The steel braces will handle the bulk of the stress. I suspect these are just precautionary backup supports to minimize the lateral movement.

    • JJJJ

      03/03/2015 at 8:16 am

      I agree. While Im sure it was designed right, it looks like something you set up at home with tape and a broom stick.

  3. Robin B C

    03/03/2015 at 6:32 am

    Great update, as usual, I am getting very excited for this one!!! I think that it is going to run a great deal faster than in the video.

  4. Ellex King

    03/03/2015 at 8:49 am

    The crow’s nest is actually from that annoying mid-course brake. Back in the days of cassette tapes I still have recordings of riding Colossus and you can hear how fast the PTC Trains used to negate that first 180 turn around especially on the inside black train track. The red train side was a little slower but not nearly as slow with those lumbering Morgan Trains. Also on my cassette tapes the sounds can be heard as the trains lifted off the top track creating awesome AIRTIME from start to finish. I you had ridden Colossus during those days I believe your opinion would have been different about the coaster. Don’t mean to sound harsh but in my opinion SFMM Have destroyed one of the greatest wooden roller coasters ever built.

    • RollerCoasterLover

      03/03/2015 at 4:38 pm

      TC is way better than colossus. the coaster was old, faded, and rough. if you want a classic wood coaster, go to a different chain, cause SF is out of those.

    • s kyger

      03/03/2015 at 4:54 pm

      that.s right I rode colossus. in aug 1978 And it halld ass from first drop to the end. And now twisted colossus. 25 sec after drop. back up lift hill BORRIN.

      • Johnny

        03/04/2015 at 8:41 am

        Why am I not believing you skyger? Because your spelling looks more like a 12 year old. BORRIN?

        • Tony

          03/04/2015 at 3:11 pm

          Why are you guys arguing? For crying out loud they both are great roller coasters. If you dislike the idea of tc why are you even checking up on these updates. Colossus has had its glory days and has finally ended, it is like life it will eventually end. Know that tc is opening, everyone is excited to ride it, just like everyone wanted to ride colossus.

        • RollerCoasterLover

          03/04/2015 at 6:21 pm

          Ur just a nerd johney

          • Dane

            03/12/2015 at 1:25 am

            #sotoxic

          • Johnny

            03/14/2015 at 9:22 am

            And you’re a troll

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  6. Ellex king

    03/05/2015 at 9:42 am

    If SFMM would have hired CCI or GCI to re-track Colossus and anchored more wood between the ledgers like Cedar Point did with Mean Streak and other coasters at all Cedar Fair parks, Colossus would have been a top notch wooden roller coaster, and add PTC Trains again with 2 bench cars with 6 or 7 car trains. It’s just I’m a true wood coaster purists. SFMM did not give Colossus The TLC like it used to in it’s glory days like keeping it painted and other maintenance needs that I already mentioned. Heck look at other much older historic wooden roller coasters like the Jack Rabbit and Thunder Bolt at Kennywood, the two Giant Dipper coasters in California, The Blue Streak at Cedar Point. There so many old historic roller coasters in operation today I won’t mention them all. You don’t see those coasters being turned in Hybrids because those roller coasters get plenty of TLC. So to say Colossus had it’s glory days is gust a copout. And I must say Twisted Colossus is a ugly looking roller coaster. Just had to say it. So a lot of you might argue my opinion what I had to say. But before you do, think about what I said about the historic wooden roller coasters still in operation today.

    • Martin K

      03/05/2015 at 1:21 pm

      I will somewhat agree with some of your statements Ellex king as I rode the original Colossus in the 70’s before it got re-tooled and it was one badass coaster with the exception of the horseshoe (boring) turns. That is why I know for a fact that s kyger is full of crap as there was no way it hauled ass from start to finish. Colossus lost its glory after the unfortunate death of a rider and was never the same since. Everything they did afterwards just ruined it. No matter what CCI or CGI could of done to make Colossus better, they would never have turned it back to original. Maybe smoother and that is it. With RMC involved it will once again be a BADASS coaster ugly or not.

  7. Chris

    03/06/2015 at 12:49 am

    I know we don’t ride roller coasters for their looks, but this is looking like the ugliest coaster ever made. There’s patch up jobs, and then there’s this monstrosity.

    • Ryan

      03/06/2015 at 4:24 pm

      I agree. Its not even close to being done so I’m still hopeful

    • RollerCoasterLover

      03/07/2015 at 8:31 am

      their gonna repaint the whole thing right before it opens

  8. Ellex king

    03/06/2015 at 8:45 am

    Thanks to those who responded to my post on my thoughts on the original Colossus/Twisted Colossus. The post by Martin K is correct about Colossus being a badass coaster, but it was quite painful over the negative g spots especially the speed hill after the first turn around. A coaster ride is meant to be exciting and fun. Not painful. After the re-profiling of Colossus that speed hill still provided good airtime without being painful and the train speeds were even faster from 57mph to 62mph. Even though Colossus was at the far end of the park, it was the first roller coaster I trotted to as soon as the gates went up.

  9. Ryan

    03/06/2015 at 4:21 pm

    I really hope they paint the steel beams white so they blend into the wood. Otherwise I think it’s gonna look like really tacky

    • The Coaster Guy

      03/06/2015 at 4:23 pm

      Everything will get a fresh coat of white paint, except the rails, prior to it opening.

      • james

        03/10/2015 at 5:43 pm

        Kurt, Do you know if the grey steel track supports will be painted white or not?

        • The Coaster Guy

          03/10/2015 at 8:41 pm

          My understanding is that they will. Everything but the blue and green tracks will get a fresh coat of white paint when they are done with construction.

  10. Robert

    03/08/2015 at 2:40 pm

    One thing is for sure. In the high five element, you will never have another car next to you. Sure, the animation shows it, and probably for the media event they will get to do it once.

  11. Charles

    03/10/2015 at 10:49 pm

    Why did they cut the turn- arounds in half ? A taller steeper, sweeping, turn would have been more exciting, My thought is the “G” force and stress for the old structure could have been to much, as seen in the high five picture with 2×6 lumber scabbed together to brace the steel. The money they spent on this remake could have been applied to build a better coaster. All we can do is wait until the first ride, and see if it lives-up the fun and excitement of Long Beach Cyclone or Colossus Day one, June 27, 1978 yes the day before the official opening, we were there!

  12. tina

    03/11/2015 at 1:13 pm

    OMG I can not wait to ride TC!! You will see me at SFMM at 7 o’clock in the morning waiting to get into the park, no exceptions!!

  13. Ellex king

    03/15/2015 at 12:48 pm

    TC is looking a lot like Dr. Frankenstein’s monster. He was ugly too 🙂 Does any one knows why some of the drops on Colossus went below ground level? Always wondered that

    • The Coaster Guy

      03/15/2015 at 1:03 pm

      For every foot a coaster’s drop goes underground, that’s one less foot of height of the coaster, which translates into one less foot of wood/steel that would need to go under the entire structure. For a 20′ dip, that’s a huge cost savings, plus it adds a cool element if they cover it.

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