Colossus begins testing at Thorpe Park

Posted Saturday, February 2, 2002 8:24 PM | Contributed by PaulD

Thorpe Park's new ten-inversion Intamin looper, Colossus, makes its first trips around the circuit.

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Saturday, February 2, 2002 8:36 PM
Wow this thing finished early.  AIR Should be next right?
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Saturday, February 2, 2002 8:37 PM
Oh, that looks cool...Im glad that im heading that way this summer to do a tour of Western Europe. This coaster looks fun!
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Saturday, February 2, 2002 9:30 PM
This ride has received alot of flak for not being 300ft tall with gigantic B&M loops, but this looks like an incredibly fun coaster in a GREAT location. Can I have one please?
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Saturday, February 2, 2002 11:26 PM
45 mph only? :(
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Sunday, February 3, 2002 12:51 AM
Appears to be standard OTSRs to me, so much for the funky looking restraints on the cereal boxes.
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Sunday, February 3, 2002 1:03 AM
All those barrel rolls in a row is the craziest thing I've ever seen!
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Sunday, February 3, 2002 4:04 AM
As I posted this news Item, and witnessed the testing for myself yesterday(Saturday 2nd Feb) Let me post a bit more information about the testing.

Colossus probably made approx 20 Full Circuits successfully(I watched about Half of them) The First Test in the morning was a bit slow, and it crawled round the curcuit, There was also a horrible squeeky noise coming from the wheels which sounded awful, but we have been told, it is awaiting some more new wheels, and with more and more testing, that noise should be emilimated come opening day. It was also very windy on the day which is why on some tests, It seemed to go rather slow, However throughout the day, Some of the tests looked a lot smoother,faster and the squeeking noise was not noticed on later tests

Also, Colossus offically received its First Test Riders on the day which was an added bonus to watch, At Approx 3.30PM(English time) on Saturday 2nd Feb, 2 Intamin Engineers climbed into the Train in the front seats, and experienced the ride for themselves, They took 5 non stop laps round the track and the result was a Big Thumbs Up, They said that the Ride was very smooth throughout, with virtually no headbanging(None even through the inlines) they also seemed to be very pleased with the finished product as a whole

Also, let me explain about the Inlines, The Train was indeed going slow through them, But this is how it has been designed, and what will happen when it opens, The thing is if you went through them at a Higher Speed, Its going to be rather uncomfortable and everyone will have motion sickness and feel sick afterwards, The speed it was going them on the day was absolutly perfect, And the intamin guys that rode it seemed to like it, So it looks like the First Review is a massive Thumbs Up.

Cant Wait till it opens which will be 22nd March for the General Public

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Sunday, February 3, 2002 4:12 AM
Great pics but man that server is slow even with a cable modem
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Sunday, February 3, 2002 5:57 AM
Those Trains are AWESOME !!!!
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Sunday, February 3, 2002 6:46 AM

Wow this thing finished early. AIR Should be next right?

AIR has already made its first successful test run :)

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Sunday, February 3, 2002 7:44 AM
These sites have excellent videos of the testing.  I wholeheartedly recommend them both:

http://www.thorpeparkguide.com/

http://www.totalbpb.fsnet.co.uk/Collosus/

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Sunday, February 3, 2002 10:19 AM
The airtime after the loop will be insane.
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Sunday, February 3, 2002 10:46 AM
That train looks really cool. This looks to be an overall great coaster even thought it isn't all that big. But you know what the say great things come on small packages!

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Sunday, February 3, 2002 11:16 AM
Wow! That ride looks incredible! I bet the 45 mph has nothing to do with how well the ride performs cause it looks great! Those barrel rolls are insane being four of them in a row! Is that a first? I think it is, but I'm not 100% sure. Man I wish we could get one of those babies out here. I would even take a clone. :)
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Sunday, February 3, 2002 11:34 AM
am I the only one reminded of Drachen Fire by that cobra roll?  that thing looks sweet, but that train absolutly crawls through the barell rolls.a  I wonder what it would feel like to go through one let along four.
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Sunday, February 3, 2002 12:21 PM
Looks sweet to me, those barrel rolls look like a similar effect of the Arrow pipeline coaster.  Looks like one of a kind, and I hope I can ride it some day.

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Sunday, February 3, 2002 12:38 PM
Wonder why the pipeline died?  because perfect inline twists are possible without special and problematic track and trains!
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Sunday, February 3, 2002 5:13 PM
Wouldn't 4 rolls in a row, kind of get boring?
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Sunday, February 3, 2002 5:59 PM
Some people consider a Cobra Roll as one inversion... Guess this will reopen that discussion again 'cause they wouldn't see this Teal Baby as a ten-inverter. Fact remains that it's still an impressive toy for us to play with!

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