Trivia question for you!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 2:01 PM
Im sure this has been posted somewhere else but I do not know. What changes, if any, have been made to Colossus at SFMM since its opening? I thought I heard at one time that changes were made but I pose this question to the masses for answers....Thanks in advance
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 2:18 PM
this is from the RCDB

The Colossus has been reprofiled several times since it opened. The most significant reprofiling was in 1979. One very visible change was done in 1991 to a pair of camelback hills on the parking lot side. The valley between the hills was leveled off and a block brake was added. The original track can still be seen below the block brake.

And this is from ultimate rollercoaster

Colossus has gone through a number of changes over the years.

1978 - During the initial year of operation Colossus sufferred a major setback after an accident. A female rider was thrown from the train on the bunny hop between the second drop and the double up. The accident was blamed on the riders weight. This section of track which offerred extreme airtime was reprofiled. The trains were also modified to include seat belts.

For a number of years the park operated Colossus with one side running the trains backwards and the other side running forwards. Backwards was very popular with park guests, who enjoyed the disorienting ride experience.

1988 - Six Flags replaced the PTC trains with new "California" style trains from Morgan Manufacturing. The new fiber glass trains increased the rides top speed from 55 mph to 61 mph. The new trains were designed with individual lap bars, eliminating the need for a seat belt. The lack of headrests on the new trains prevented backwards operation.

1991 - The park reprofiled Colossus removing the double dip on the north side. This change disappointed fans since it was one of the last remaining spots of airtime. A mid-course block brake, which is used a a trim brake was added to allow for three-train operation. The reason was odd since Colossus had previously operated with three-trains per side.

1998 - Two of the B&M trains from Psyclone were borrowed to operate one side of Colossus backwards for FrightFest, the park's annual Halloween event. This has continued every year since.

1999 - Colossus runs one side backwards using the B&M trains for Spring Break. *** Edited 4/25/2007 6:23:08 PM UTC by RollerCoastin!!!!***

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 2:18 PM
Well, I think they removed a double-up and replaced it with trim brakes. They may have also replaced the trains at some point.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 2:29 PM
I think the ride used to be located at Wally World and after that it was right on the beach before it was relocated to right next to the parking lot.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 2:34 PM
Thanks for the info...
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 2:36 PM
Colossus uses Morgan trains not B&M. Pysclone at SFMM (recently demolished) used B&M's only wooden coaster trains ever made.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 2:39 PM

RavenTTD said:
I think the ride used to be located at Wally World and after that it was right on the beach before it was relocated to right next to the parking lot.

That is too funny!

And, did you know that when it was on the beach, the trains speed increased the further away you got from it?

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 2:43 PM
One of the effects of relativity. ;)
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007 3:44 PM

RavenTTD said:
I think the ride used to be located at Wally World and after that it was right on the beach before it was relocated to right next to the parking lot.

Good stuff. :)

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Thursday, April 26, 2007 12:29 AM
Don't forget that a majority of the wood track bed has been removed and replaced with steel I-beam.
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