SFMM Fright Fest. Colossus Backwards!

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Saturday, October 20, 2001 11:41 AM
I had never been to SFMM for their version of Fright Fest, so yesterday I went. (10-19) My friend Steve and I didn't arrive until about 6:30pm, from the looks of the parking lot I would guess that almost all coasters would have been a near walk on for most of the day.  Too bad I had to work, oh well.

The decorations were good, where they were.  Much of the park had nothing special going on with the exception of the coasters running without lights.

The Gotham City scare zone was fun as was The Strongest Link show, we skipped the mazes due to REALLY long lines and the fact that mazes didn't really sound all that fun to us.

Moving on to the rides, everything except Deja Vu was open and running 2 trains.  Anyone know for sure why SFMM's DV was closed?  Riddler seemed really fast, Steve agreed.  It might have been an illusion due to having no lights on, but we didn't think so at the time.  Viper, Goliath and Batman were the others that we rode once each, all were as good as ever.

NOW for the biggest surprise of my coasting life, Colossus Backwards!  I had only been on 2 other full circut backwards coasters, PKI's Racer and Joker's Revenge.  Colossus beat those down to the ground!  Was it bumpy? Yes, but only really bad in 3 places. (Double up, MCBR, and the last bunny hill)  We rode it 6 times backwards and twice forewards and discovered a new found respect for this otherwise "middle of the road" coaster.  Ride this in the front car (the last car to go over the hills) and you will know coaster bliss.  I was shocked at how much better this made the ride.  You get YANKED down the drops in a way I have never felt before, incredible.  Not only that, but on three of the laps we took, the trains were racing!  I have NEVER been there with both sides running, it added yet another cool aspect to this coaster.

I never thought Colossus Backwards would deliver such a fantastic ride, I recomend it HIGHLY!  Worth the price of admission alone!

"X" marks the spot in 2001!

Saturday, October 20, 2001 5:47 PM
Collasus backwards is a buttload of laughs too.  After I got off it my abs hert :)

Formerly Xtremerider86

Monday, October 22, 2001 11:49 AM
Soggy, I was surprised to find Colossus running the Psyclone trains on one side...and backwards...and racing some of the time! It was strange having a coaster run two completely different makes of rolling stock at the same time. And yes, we caught air for the foirst time in a long time. We tried riding frontwards, but the air wasn't there. Perhaps the PTC trains are heavier and faster??

DV was open on Sunday. I didn't hear that or why it was closed. Perhaps they were working on that scaffolding. There still seems to be a lot of parts laying around.

Monday, October 22, 2001 7:44 PM
Monday, October 22, 2001 8:04 PM
Iam the one(AT LEAST I THINK) that told them to race.  When I was there two weeks ago I asked them to race and they said they didnt know how.  I was like uhhhhh and told them.  They still didnt do it so maybe you guys got better ops.

*** This post was edited by Coolbrojoe on 10/23/2001. ***

Monday, October 22, 2001 9:48 PM
I have always said they should run one side backwards always. I can't remember the last time both sides were open running forwards. They might as well run one forwards and one backwards. Glad you had fun, I hope to head up there next weekend!
Tuesday, October 23, 2001 7:18 AM
janfrederick, Psyclone trains aren't PTC, they are B&M and I think they are the only B&M wood trains.  I would bet they are heavier than Colossus' standard trains since Morgans are some of the lighter trains for woodies.

*** This post was edited by boblogone on 10/23/2001. ***

Thursday, October 25, 2001 9:36 AM
Yes, I have heard numerous people say that Psyclone is so screwed up because its trains are so heavy. I guess B&M should stick to steel...

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