Guest Photo Update: Twisted Colossus Construction
One of our readers, Keith, was at Six Flags Magic Mountain over the weekend, and took a bunch of photos of the Rocky Mountain conversion of Colossus to Twisted Colossus.
Some Comments From Keith:
-Clearly the issues associated with the fire that occurred earlier in September have been resolved and the focus has been on laying in track on the major lift hill. The blue track is pretty much in place on the lift hill, with the green track trailing behind on the drop and the lead in.
-The station is currently boarded up and looks pretty much like it did upon closing. You can see the initial work of the track going towards the station but it appears to me at this time it is going to undergo a major overhaul at some point and may look completely different by the time the ride transformation is complete. This is pure speculation, but if the ride is going to run as one complete circuit and no longer as a dual loading station, it will be assumed the station will be completely different sometime soon.
-Large portions of the original super structure have been removed, especially noticeable is the large turn right after the first drop. It is clearly visible that the portions that are meant to stay from the original ride appear to be left in place currently. Furthermore, there are fragments that are disconnected from the circuit and still portions of original track still left in place.
-Much of the focus from the work I noticed throughout the day was paid to the first drop, as noted by the construction workers that I saw at the beginning of the day.
-Also important, the ride has not been taken off the most recent park map. In fact, it appears the park map has not been updated since the closing of the ride, especially since they had been advertising Holiday World promotions on the radio and on the website but no mention of it on the map itself. It still shows up on the map as Colossus with the original footprint still in place.
-Really starting to see the pieces come into place with the lift hill, first drop, and track directly after the first drop. There has been no progress other than track removal to report otherwise from what I saw on Saturday. It’s nice to be able to tell since the track is very bright blue and bright green.
-That’s the basic jist of it. Most of the best views I could get were from the parking lot. There was a lot of obstruction from the Goliath queue, as there is a lot of shrubbery and a tiki hut style walk way to and from the ride, making it hard to get good images without Goliath’s ride supports getting in the way. I also took pics from the ride entrance, which was surprisingly accessible, and there is also that shot over the fence that I took by Scream!. I wish I was able to get one from the top of Lex Luther (the drop tower attached to Superman the Escape), but there was too much visibility from the park staff and I was worried I’d get caught trying to remove my camera (or that I’d lose it).
We definitely want to thank Keith for sending in these photos. For more updates on Twisted Colossus Construction, stay tuned to Coaster101.
Very nice pics!
I’ve also saw YouTube video from In The Loop about 2 sections of old track not being able to be removed, because of structural reasons. One section being the old final turn returning to loading station, and the other being section of old track below lift hill before old brake run… unless they can find a creative way of covering up the old track. I wish that it had remained a racing coaster too, with a newer layout. Otherwise, Twisted Colossus is looking very good. I also have mixed feelings about Screampunk District section design… especially the Screampunk Theater design. Neighboring Scream! coaster is to be repainted. Colossus entrance and cue line is supposed to be getting a makeover as well. It’ll likely be late spring or early summer when Twisted Colossus opens.