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Overview of Colossos
Heide Park
Location Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany
Park section Land der Vergessenen
Status Standing but not operating
Operated April 13, 2001 to July 27, 2017
Manufacturer Intamin
Builder Ingenieur-Holzbau Cordes
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Wooden
Model / product Wooden Coaster (Prefabricated Track)
Riders per train 30
Hourly capacity 1030
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Area 1,148.3 feet × 656.2 feet
Height164 feet
Δ elevation169.9 feet
Drop159.1 feet
Top speed68.4 mph
Length4,409.4 feet
Steepest drop61°
G-force3.8 g
Musical score: IMAscore - HELP

Colossos is a wooden roller coaster at Heide Park in Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany. It is the first wooden roller coaster to use prefabricated track.

Colossos is very different from a traditional wooden roller coaster because it is prefabricated. Instead of trackers cutting, shaping, and laying down the track by hand, the track is laser cut in a factory, achieving a higher degree of precision than could ever be done by hand. It is also made so that it snaps together like Lego pieces. The track also is made of more layers of wood that are tightly bonded together instead of being traditionally nailed together by hand.

History[edit | edit source]

On July 27, 2016, the ride closed for unknown reasons and has been standing but not operating ever since. Heide Park originally stated that they were aiming for the ride to reopen in 2017, however the ride was later announced as closed for the entirety of the 2017 season when Heide Park posted a picture of a themed fence covering the ride's entrance on Facebook. The ride's closure was later stated to be because of vital maintenance work costing over €10,000,000 needing to be performed in order to get the ride back up to an operable standard.

On December 6, 2017, Heide Park announced that the ride had been closed due to a TUV inspection in summer 2016 showing that the ride's rails were in an inoperable state. They also stated that due to Colossos not being a normal wooden roller coaster, the refurbishment job would be much more complicated and much more costly, and that the scope of the refurbishment almost equalled the cost of a brand new ride. Finally, they announced that the ride's fate would be announced on January 11, 2018.

On January 11, 2018, Heide Park announced that Colossos would have the required work done to its rails so that they could reopen the ride in 2019. The park also stated that the work will cost €12,000,000.

Design[edit | edit source]

Trains[edit | edit source]

2 trains with 5 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 30 riders per train.

Images[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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    Colossos on the Roller Coaster DataBase.