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Colossus (Six Flags Magic Mountain)

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roller coaster
Colossus
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Six Flags Magic Mountain
Location Valencia, California, USA
Status Defunct
Operated June 19, 1978 to August 16, 2014
Cost $6,000,000 USD
Height restriction 48 inches (122 cm)
Statistics
Builder International Amusement Devices, Inc.
Type Wooden - Twin
Riders per train 24
Hourly capacity 2,600
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height125 feet
Drop115 feet
Top speed62 mph
Length4,325 feet
Inversions0
Duration2:30
G-force3.2G
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Colossus was a twin wooden roller coaster located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, USA. It opened in 1978 as the tallest coaster in the world, along with Gemini at Cedar Point. Colossus was built by International Amusement Devices, Inc.

History[edit]

Colossus opened on June 19, 1978.

Colossus closed in late May, 1979. Coinciding with Six Flags' purchase of the park in June, the roller coaster was re-profiled, the trains were replaced with new rolling stock from Philadelphia Toboggan Company and the brake system among other mechanical components were replaced. It reopened on December 22.

In 1988, the PTC trains were replaced with rolling stock from Morgan. In 1991, the two camelback hills beside the parking lot were replaced with a flat brake run. This allowed a higher theoretical capacity.

Colossus closed on August 16, 2014 after a 36-hour continuous riding event.[1] Much of Colossus' supports were used in the construction of Twisted Colossus, a steel roller coaster from Rocky Mountain Construction.

References[edit]

Tallest wooden roller coaster
June 1978 - May 1981
Preceded by
Montaña Rusa (Juegos Mecánicos de Chapultepec)
Screamin' Eagle
Tallest wooden roller coaster
June 1978 - May 1981
Succeeded by
American Eagle
Tallest roller coaster drop
June 1978 - April 1979
Preceded by
Screamin' Eagle
Tallest roller coaster drop
June 1978 - April 1979
Succeeded by
The Beast
Fastest roller coaster
April 1976 – April 1979
Preceded by
Cyclone
Fastest roller coaster
April 1976 – April 1979
Succeeded by
The Beast