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Apocalypse Being Retracked at Six Flags Magic Mountain
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:
All of the old running steel was removed:
A crane was used to remove old sections of track that were cut into small chunks:
Old sections of track that have already been cut and removed:
Fresh ledgers awaiting new laminate track to be installed:
Inspecting the existing structure:
This turn is huge:
Stair stepped joint. New track, cross ties and ledgers:
4×4 cross ties 20d nailed across centreline 2 x 12 boards:
It’s starting to come back to life:
Replacement of Y Ledger:
1st laminates and cross ties:
Easily visible set out:
Bending stick allows a visual means to create parabolic curves, you need to have keen eyesight to use one:
Entry into high return curve:
Tracking gangs working in the heat:
Note profile over crest which has been manually assisted:
First laminate set out:
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.