Heide-Park's Colossos continues to rise in Germany
Posted Wednesday, January 10, 2001 7:32 PM | Contributed by RagingBull
Construction is moving along on Colossos, the new 197-foot tall wooden coaster being built at Germany's Heide-Park. Ten galleries of construction pictures are available, number 10 being the newest. You can also check out a site plan that shows the basic layout of the coaster (click on the "Lageplan der bahn" link).
Oh my. I am speechless.... Is the second hill as small as I think it is? Are those bunnyhops as steep as I think they are? this is gonna be an airtime machine!!!!! Do yourself a favor and look at the pics!
That is going to be a great ride. A couple of those turns look to be a little tight and that should make it interesting at high speeds. I have to agree with Jake, that thing will be an airtime machine if not more!
THIS is what Magic Mountain must build. Intamin has gone and done it again, proving their brand is best.
This is also the ride breaking the Coney Island Cyclone's record for steepest drop on a wooden coaster, with a 62 degrees first drop! Although isn't Germany the country with the maximum of 2.5 G law?
*** This post was edited by Millennium Force on 1/11/2001. ***
To MILLENNIUM FORCE: NO, Germany has some strict regulations concerning ride safety, set by TÜV (technical surveillance company) but G-force regulations are not set. After all the Schwarzkopf coasters of the 80ies all toured the fair circuit, and the 6.5 gs pulled on Dreier Looping and Thriller (now Millennium coaster in UK and Taz Texas Tornado in SFAW)are still unsurpassed in the coaster world (the coasters are tamed today).
To PEABODY: from what i heard, the coaster will use Intamin trains (five cars, seating six each). Those cars were used on the german Intamin/Rcca coaster Wild Wild West as well, but only for one season, since the ride became unbearably rough after only a few months of operation. In thesecond operating season the trains were replaced by PREMIER cars. (the same they use on SOB). Actually these trains made the ride much much better, providing very good airtime and less vibration. People in the states dont seem to like the SOB trains, but that coaster is more than twice as big as the german WWW. The best thing about the very heavy and ornate Intamin trains are the lapbars, which absolutely stayed in position throughout the whole ride. The Premier lapbars are not that good. I hope that Intamin made some substancial improvements to the trains, or they should replace them with Premier as well.
Personally, I will wait until this monster opens and some reviews come in before claiming this to be "the best." Will it suffer the same fate as Hercules, Mean Streak, Rattler, and SOB? I hope not, but my guess is it will have problems. 197' is too big for a woodie, I hope Intamin has their "stuff" together on this project. (espically since rumor has SFMM ready to try for the "tallest woodie" record as early as 2002)
I never said it (SOB) was bad, but it does (did) have problems. Closures, re-tracking early in its first season, and now 2 lawsuits reguarding its construction, those are what I call problems. The actual ride gets some rave reviews, some pretty ho-hum ones, and some downright nasty ones. All I said was it has problems, and so did you.
Charlie said: "The only reason it was closed was because of construction problems."
I would prefer a problem free 125' woodie that gets almost all rave reviews. (Shivering Timbers)
I have to agree with charlie on this one. I think that SOB is one of the greastest wooden coasters ever made, along with its father, the beast. I know alot of people who despise SOB, but still i think its just a flat out awesome ride. Although it had construction problems early in the season, its #1 on my list. I cant wait to ride it again. Anyway about colossos, i agree with socaljake. This is going to be an airtime machine! It looks like its gonna be a great ride. But i would need to ride it to tell ya that.