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Twisted Colossus Construction Update #19

By on 03/15/2015

Although I was at Six Flags Magic Mountain last weekend, I was hosting some out of town co-workers and didn’t get a chance to do my usual Twisted Colossus update. Therefore, this update will effectively show you what has been done in the past two weeks. These photos were taken on Sunday, March 15th.

The first thing you’ll notice is that the Double-Down on the green track’s second drop has been completed. However, it’s not your typical Double-Down. It’s more of a Twisted Double-Down:

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Pictures don’t do it justice on how much this thing twists back and forth. Take a look at the lower steel support beam and how much it’s angled against the white wood. It’s at nearly 45 degrees:

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From a distance, on the left side, you can see both tracks coming through the second drop. The green track has the Double-Down while the blue track has a straight drop into a small airtime hill. You will also notice that the green track crosses over the top of the blue track before dropping below grade and out of sight. Both tracks start to climb back up on the righthand side:

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Here’s a better shot of the green track crossing over the blue track and heading underground, as well as the blue track’s small hill:

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The green track has a steeper ascent because it’s preparing to roll into the Top Gun Stall, where it will hang upside down directly over the top of the blue track:

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Here’s a better shot of the green track going up higher while the blue track follows a more traditional straight line path:

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Once the rest of the blue track is installed in this area, a new structure will be built directly over the top of it to support the upside-green track as it passes through the Top Gun Stall element:

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Another shot of the green track as it shoots skyward from underground:

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As you can see, the green track is already starting its roll into the Top Gun Stall:

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Lots of steel supports for the structure that will be built over the top of this track:

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One final shot showing the green track as it starts its twist over the blue track:

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This next shot is really hard to see because everything sort of blends together, but they’re already adding steel track supports quite a ways down from where the track currently ends:

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You can just make out the grey steel supports before and after the final below grade dip:

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One final shot of the second drop for both tracks on the left, and how far the track has made it over on the right:

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There is a lot of very twisted track on site, ready to be installed:

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Lights have been added to the lift hill catwalks for safety:

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As far as I can tell, they are standard white fluorescent bulbs:

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I’m not sure what’s going to happen to the old lighting. The original structure was bathed in a flood of alternating red, blue, green, and white lights, which looked great at night given the size of the coaster and amount of white wood used. However, so much of that structure has been removed that many of those lights now just point up into an empty space:

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I know they can readjust the lights to shine lower, on the new structure, but I hope they do something different. I’d really like to see the new elements on this side of the coaster, specifically the Top Gun Stall and the Zero-G Roll, lit up and highlighted well so that every passing car on the nearby freeway can see the new tricks this old dog can now perform.

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7 Comments

  1. Eric

    03/15/2015 at 10:31 pm

    I’d guess that the big lights will be moved and/or re-aimed to light up the new configuration of the structure.

    As the construction of this ride progresses, I have to wonder if maybe they should have named it “Diabolical Colossus” because it looks like it’s going to be quite a ride.

  2. steve austin

    03/15/2015 at 10:34 pm

    The very original lighting for Colossus was a string of chasing white lights that outlined the old red handrail all around the coaster….it looked really cool. But, at some point they nixed that and put up the spots….which was nice too, but i liked the original better myself.

    • benbrownjr

      03/16/2015 at 10:40 am

      Yes they were chasing lights but they were removed because they were hard to maintain. Between lights burning out sometimes sections of the lights would short out. Basically it was like my next door neighbors home…the Christmas lights are up all year. Now if they were to re-do this using LED strings then it would be awesome!

  3. Johnny

    03/15/2015 at 10:55 pm

    See, there are just so many details we get through your updates that no one else delivers. Thanks so much!

    You know, weeks ago I would have said that Wicked Cyclone was going to be the clear better ride of the 2015 hybrid sweepstakes. After these pictures, I’m calling a draw. Both rides will be different, and each look like RMC at their lunatic best!

  4. RollerCoasterLover

    03/16/2015 at 3:19 pm

    Any update on scream?

    • The Coaster Guy

      03/16/2015 at 3:21 pm

      Yes, it’s nearly complete. I’ll talk about it in my regular trip report that I hope to post later tonight.

  5. tina

    03/17/2015 at 5:23 pm

    TC looking ever so shnazy as always! Great update as always Kurt.

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