I was driving past Six Flags Magic Mountain and I couldn’t help but notice a major new addition to their skyline. The Full Throttle construction crane has finally arrived onsite. We knew they were getting close, but this confirms it. Now that the crane is here, we should start seeing support columns and track pieces start to go up, also known as vertical construction.
Unfortunately, I only had my iPhone on me, so this is as good as you get for now. As you can see in this first photo, the park was closed today, so this was as close as I could get:
This is a massive crane and definitely adds a unique element to the Magic Mountain skyline:
Six Flags Magic Mountain posted this photo on their Facebook page the next day:
Premier Rides, the Full Throttle manufacturer, posted this photo of the crane:
Those giant counterweights you see stacked up on the back of the crane are labeled as 20,000 lbs each. With five on each side, that’s a whopping 200,000 lbs! Add to that the weight of the crane itself and, like Premier said, you have yourself a very serious machine. Judging from the size of this thing, and where it’s sitting, it looks like most of the ride can be installed without having to move it. Of course, considering that it’s sitting in the middle of where the track will eventually go, they’ll have to drive it out before installing the last few pieces of track, otherwise it will be stuck there.