Psyclone (Six Flags Magic Mountain)

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Psyclone
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Six Flags Magic Mountain
Location Valencia, California, USA
Status Defunct
Operated March 23, 1991 to 2006
Cost $5,000,000 USD
Height restriction 48 inches (122 cm)
Replaced Shockwave
Replaced by Apocalypse
Statistics
Builder Dinn Corporation
Designer / calculations Curtis D. Summers
Type Wooden
Track layout Cyclone
Hourly capacity 1,200
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 95 feet
Drop 77 feet
Top speed 50 mph
Length 2970 feet
Inversions 0
Drop angle 53°
Duration 1:50
G-Force 3
Rolling stock
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Riders per train 24
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Psyclone was a wooden roller coaster located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, USA. It operated from 1991 to 2006.

History

On December 27, 1990, Six Flags Magic Mountain announced that Psyclone would be added to the park.[1] It was located by Deja Vu and operated on the former spot of Shockwave.

Psyclone opened on March 23, 1991 following a preview event two days before.[2]

Psyclone's trains were very heavy, and took a large toll on the track, causing it to be rough, and operators were required to load at least 17 riders into the trains before dispatch, so the trains would not valley due to the trim brakes added in 1994.[3] After years of diminishing popularity, on January 23, 2007, a spokeswoman for the park announced that Psyclone would be removed to make room for future expansion along with Flashback, an Intamin Space Diver that had been standing but not operating for several years.[4]

Psyclone was dismantled and scrapped during the last week of February 2007. The area of the park where Psyclone once stood is now occupied by another wooden roller coaster, Apocalypse.

Design

Elements

The roller coaster was based on the original Coney Island Cyclone which opened in 1927, but is 10 feet taller. The ride had eleven hills, five high-speed banked turns, and a 183 foot long, dark tunnel before the lift hill.

Trains

2 trains with 6 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.

Psyclone's trains were built by Bolliger & Mabillard, and Psyclone would be the only wooden coaster Bolliger & Mabillard would ever design trains for. The trains were run backwards on Colossus during Halloween events until its closure in 2014. It was one of only two roller coasters not built by B&M to have their rolling stock, the other being Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spa Land. A car from Psyclone is now on display at the Daytona Speedway in Florida.

Images

References

External links

  • Psyclone on the Roller Coaster DataBase.