UA-20143982-1 Apocalypse Being Retracked at Six Flags Magic Mountain - The Coaster Guy

Apocalypse Being Retracked at Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 03/15/2017

If you’ve ridden Apocalypse at Six Flags Magic Mountain in the last year or two, you’re probably aware that it’s gotten pretty rough. The wood used during its construction in 2009 has not held up well under the harsh heat and dry conditions of the Southern California sun. A company called Wood Coaster Developments, out of the U.K., was contracted to replace 400′ of the laminate track, smoothing out some of the roughest parts of the ride.

Wood Coaster Developments has been doing an excellent job at keeping us updated on the progress of the repair work on their Facebook page, but for those of you not on Facebook, I’ve assembled most of their photos here for your convenience. Every single one of these photos was taken by Wood Coaster Developments and not me. Anything you see in italics is a direct quote from them, also from their Facebook page. Enjoy!

Removed all running steel and track sections cut ready to be lifted off:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

All of the old running steel was removed:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

A crane was used to remove old sections of track that were cut into small chunks:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

Old sections of track that have already been cut and removed:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

Fresh ledgers awaiting new laminate track to be installed:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

Inspecting the existing structure:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

This turn is huge:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

Stair stepped joint. New track, cross ties and ledgers:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

4×4 cross ties 20d nailed across centreline 2 x 12 boards:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

It’s starting to come back to life:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

Replacement of Y Ledger:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

Stacking board:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

1st laminates and cross ties:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

Adjusting centrelines:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

Easily visible set out:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

Bending stick allows a visual means to create parabolic curves, you need to have keen eyesight to use one:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

Entry into high return curve:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

Tracking gangs working in the heat:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

Tracking gangs:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

Note profile over crest which has been manually assisted:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

First laminate set out:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

Profiled crest:

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Image © Wood Coaster Developments, Ltd.

Before we teardown the track we do a full survey on its position, angle and centrelines, We also look for distortions in the laminates, irregular steel wear, upstop – laminate interference and we also get familiar with train type and any articulation problems. This information determines what , if anything, we change about the profile. Generally speaking we never move centreline or ledger heights over 2-3 in, but these small adjustments make a huge difference to how it rides.

I’m very excited this work is being done and I can’t wait to ride Apocalypse again. It looks like WCD is doing a great job at the repairs. I’ll try to post more photos from them as they get farther along the project.

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8 Comments

  1. Josh

    03/15/2017 at 12:22 pm

    This looks like shes getting the ghostrider treatment, no? Well, thats exciting

  2. Steve J.

    03/15/2017 at 3:42 pm

    Only 400′ of it huh ?? That doesn’t seem like much, but I’m not the professional. I love this ride, and yes it needed some help, very happy they are doing this. Maybe I can keep my hands up the whole time now, and not worry about throwing my back out :) . As always thanks Kurt.

  3. RCA

    03/19/2017 at 8:00 pm

    Yes this is great but … 5 – 10 years from now we’ll be right back to a rough Woodie needing another re-track :( , I know its expensive but in the long run six flags should have pulled some strings and did another Rocky Mountain Construction “wood hybrid” with steel tracking !

  4. ALYSSA

    03/20/2017 at 6:46 am

    Are they replacing the cars too!? Been there twice in 2013 and 2016 and didn´t ride it because of the coments about the ride´s roughness..

    • The Coaster Guy

      03/20/2017 at 12:38 pm

      No, the cars are fine. They just needed a smoother surface to ride on.

  5. Ryan

    03/20/2017 at 8:41 pm

    I miss bobsled n the lake that used to be there

  6. Sean Lewis

    03/22/2017 at 9:25 pm

    I’ve ridden GHOSTRIDER after it’s refurbishment and I was instantly hooked to the point that it is now my favorite coaster at KBF. Hopefully, WOOD COASTERS DEVELOPMENT does the SAME magic for Apocalypse!!

  7. JJJ

    03/23/2017 at 10:22 am

    Cant believe Six Flags is actually spending money on a rehab!

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