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The New Revolution Update #1

By on 01/17/2016

I just returned from some business travel and decided to drop by Six Flags Magic Mountain today to see what was new. I noticed that there is now enough visible work going on with The New Revolution construction that I should start a new construction series on it. I hope you enjoy it.

The first thing you notice when you approach Revolution’s old station is that it’s been walled off with a standard construction fence:

The New Revolution

Lots of trees and shrubs have been cleared from all around Revolution’s (do we still call it that?) track. You can just see the stump of one of the latest trees to be cleared just to the left of the stairs, opening up an amazing view of the loop:

The New Revolution

Even the planters with the track’s supports have been cleared out:

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I suspect that some of the tree and brush clearing is to provide a better view of the coaster, but they also needed to get to every square inch of the track and supports to paint them, which would explain why all the planters were cleaned out:

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Some of the trees that were cut down were pretty good size:

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Almost everything within the final helix was pulled out:

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You can tell how old and flaky the existing paint was by how much came off as they power washed everything. I hope they get rid of all that rust, too, and not just paint over it:

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There are a couple of places on the structure where you can see them testing out the blue color that all of the supports on The New Revolution will be painted:

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Here’s another one:

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I hope they either use a primer or apply two coats of paint, because that sample is a bit splotchy and not very even:

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It’s a good thing there is no train on the track and the coaster isn’t in operation, because the gate to the helix area has been locked “open” and can’t be closed:

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It looks like they have been testing some white paint for The New Revolution as well:

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Lots of new plywood underneath the track leading back into the station:

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Closer to the station, there is a new wood fence running alongside the track:

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Some of the queue covering in the station is being replaced:

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Since only part of it is being replaced, I’m guessing there must’ve been a bit of dry rot or something. They’ve matched the new beams up to the old ones perfectly:

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Here’s a wider shot of everything that’s visible:

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From the back side you can see they are starting to put the covering over the top:

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It doesn’t look like anything has been done inside the station, other than having the entire back wall removed:

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Just above that you can see that the roof has been covered in tar paper and is awaiting the installation of new shingles, which are stacked up on top:

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Most of the other side of the roof has already received new shingles and looks great:

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There is still a tarp covering what used to be the primary ride operator panel area. Since they already removed what was there, I can’t help but wonder if this is a protective measure to protect the exposed electronics from the weather before they can build a new ride op station:

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While I was on the backside of the station, I spotted another small section of support that had a small swatch of the blue paint applied:

The New Revolution

When I first saw all these barrels behind the station, I immediately assumed they were the new paint. However, it looks like they all have either green or maroon paint previously spilled out of them. They wouldn’t actually mix up their own paint, would they? What do you think these all of these are for? Leave a comment below with your guess:

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It looks like the entire exit walkway, behind the station and back down towards the entrance, has been marked off with stakes. As you can see here, it’ll be a bit wider than it was before:

The New Revolution

I’ve never read the details on this before, but it describes Revolution as an exciting roller coaster with inverted “loops.” Now, if they had just taken the description from another roller coaster and repurposed it, I could understand. However, as the first modern roller coaster with an inverted loop (just one!), why was this word made plural? I’m sure they’ll correct it when they create the ride description for The New Revolution:

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By the way, I call dibs. It’ll look great hanging in my office!

Thank you for reading my first The New Revolution construction update. There will be lots more to come.

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9 Comments

  1. Steve Austin

    01/17/2016 at 9:49 pm

    I’ve missed your updates Kurt. Glad to see a new one. Always love reading them regardless of what the update is about. I still dont like how many trees they have removed, i can understand some, but let the trees be. And as for those containers, i was going to guess maybe they are waste barrels for when they clean their painting equipment perhaps..or just used for putting misc. construction debris in. Maybe you could sneak by one and pop it open to see if it is paint. LOL

    • The Coaster Guy

      01/18/2016 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you, Steve. I wish I could just “sneak by one” to check them out, but they are well behind the construction wall and definitely off limits. 😉

  2. Looper

    01/17/2016 at 9:53 pm

    The only ride at SFMM that I had been certified on to operate.

    • The Coaster Guy

      01/18/2016 at 4:25 pm

      If you’re only going to be certified on one coaster, that’s not a bad one to have. Lot’s of historical significance right there!

  3. Scott

    01/17/2016 at 11:33 pm

    Will the title of the ride always be “The New Revolution”?

    That maroonish paint looks like the old color on Scream.

    • The Coaster Guy

      01/18/2016 at 4:26 pm

      I’m not a huge fan of the name myself, but yes, it’s actually called The New Revolution.

    • Eric

      01/18/2016 at 7:35 pm

      The original name of this ride was “The Great American Revolution.” In my recollection, no one ever called it by that name, and even the park shortened it to just “Revolution” soon after.

      That blue color looks like Flashback’s track color. I hope that paint hasn’t been sitting around since then. I also hope that they’ll keep the loop all white.

      As one who took his first ride on this in May 1976, I look forward to riding it again the way Anton Schwarzkopf meant for it to be ridden.

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  5. Matt Kelly

    01/19/2016 at 12:37 pm

    The blue looks the same they used on Scream.

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