On RCDB it says that Cyclone at Six Flags New England was changed "for the 2001 season the first drop shortened by about 15-20 feet. It is still possible to see the old track beneath the new." I couldn't find pictures of this, does anyone have any?
Ah, I see it now. I was thinking we would just see some bents, not the whole track. A first glance that looks like it is part of the coaster path, but now I see what you're talking about. That's kind of sketchy that they didn't remove the old track when they built up. I guess it makes it look like there is more coaster there than there is.
Definitely a back seat ride (esp. coming off the lift). Still a very solid ride, although I wouldn't put it among my favorites. It's just so unique in terms of layout...almost entirely elevated without any real drops that take you all the way to ground level.
I remember seeing Colossus double down, but I don't remember seeing any track, just the bents left over. Rattler was a case of redesigning the lift (has anyone read the conversations with RCCA over that mess, very interesting read!).
I thought Hercules was new all together.
I actually watched a video of the Steel Phantom the other day, and I just don't remember it being as rough as it was in the video. I then watched a video of Phantom's Revenge and some of the bunny hops look very painful (like Mamba's double up).
Further proving myself wrong, I found a picture of the track existing on Colossus, but it appears that the photo is from 1997, so who knows now days, I'm guessing Six Flags didn't take the time to remove the old track, it does seem unnecessary the more I think about it. The only problem would be if the old track kept the structure from moving the way it should.
I think there was an article in Rollercoaster magazine about the Cyclone. If I remember right, they made the change because the coaster would valley occasionally (which was caused by changing to lighter trains).
^Actually, as I recall leaving the original track helped maintain the entire structures integrity, as well as cost and labor. I remember reading an article that claimed removing the track would have caused more problems. Regarding the ride itself, I was there opening year since Riverside/SFNE has always been my home park. I grew up on the Nantasket Beach coaster, so saying Cyclone was disapointing would be an understatement. A ride with not one drop to the ground and virtually no airtime just isn't my cup of tea.