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I came across this photo in the link you posted... And holy crap!!

 

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The track on the lift hill though...

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I came across this photo in the link you posted... And holy crap!!

 

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The track on the lift hill though...

 

I was there shortly before they closed it. Will try to look after some pictures to see if the lift hill was that bad back in 2016. I think it wasn't, but the ride itself was very rough.

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Renovation of spectacular wooden roller coaster Colossos has started

 

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The German theme park Heide Park has started with the renovation of the giant wooden coaster Colossos. The rollercoaster has been SBNO for two years. It will cost 12 million euros to get the 50 meter tall attraction operational again.

 

At this moment, the old track is being dismantled. Heide Park works with two specialized companies, RCS and Fa Cordes, for this job. In April 2019, the spectacular renovation must be completed.

 

Colossos, built by the Swiss company Intamin, opened in 2001. The original ride was good for a top speed of 110 kilometers per hour. It is not yet clear whether the wooden roller coaster will go equally fast.

 

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I didn't realize the "original" prefab was not able to be repaired by replugging and replaying.

 

I didn't realize the rehab was being done by someone other than Intamin.

 

These facts make me less confident regarding the outcome.

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I didn't realize the "original" prefab was not able to be repaired by replugging and replaying.

 

I didn't realize the rehab was being done by someone other than Intamin.

 

These facts make me less confident regarding the outcome.

 

Intamin didn't make the track last time. Cordes did. Cordes made all the track for those wood coasters.

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I didn't realize the "original" prefab was not able to be repaired by replugging and replaying.

Is that just the case for Colossos, being the "prototype"? Or will the other three have to basically be gutted and reconstructed as well? (Open question)

 

Furthermore, are parks able to just replace the running / upstop / sidestop rails if necessary?

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After reading the thread and trying to get some serious information on german web site I'm a bit confused..

At first they told us to give detailed information about the working progress, but the last two entries in their blog from October were a teaser for the "new" Colossos and a tv documentary. The last "real" update is from half a year ago the "fabrication of the new ledgers". Sice then, there's no real news.

My confusion is about their enthusiasm in the beginning with the plan to share every detail of the renovation - and now they are quiet as a mouse about the project with only three to four real blog entries in 14 months.

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As Parkerlebnis (a german amusement park website) wrote here yesterday: https://www.parkerlebnis.de/heide-park-huracan-abriss-geschlossen-2019_75092.html?onpage_ref=home_topnews_pos1

 

Heide Park will close "Huracan" before the season, bringing the "Maya-Tal" down to three rides (Breakdance, Magic and the Wave Swinger) and one food station. The closure happens because of the increasing maintenance costs and the rare spare parts. Long term plans for the "Maya Tal" are not determined yet, as a park's press release is quoted.

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Heide Park puts finishing touches to the wooden roller coaster Colossos

 

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The German theme park Heide Park is finalizing the renovated wooden roller coaster Colossos. The spectacular rollercoaster has been out of use since July 2016. A mega renovation started last summer and is now almost complete. The new name is Colossos - Kampf der Giganten.

 

A total of 320 track sections have been replaced. 2 million euros were also invested in new decorations and a new background story. During a ride, passengers must compete with a gigantic ominous creature, 25 meters tall. The track seems to be derailed by an ingenious construction.

 

The last track section has now been assembled. The next phase will be the testing of the trains. The reopening will take place in the spring. There is not yet an exact date.

 

With a height of fifty meters and a length of almost 1400 meters, Colossos - Kampf der Giganten is the second highest and longest wooden roller coaster in Europe. Up to now, the top speed has been 110 kilometers per hour. It is not yet clear whether the renovation will affect the maximum speed.

 

 

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That track theming will not be convincing at all for a few years.

There are pictures of it looking way more convincing then this one. But I agree on that one it looks not at all convincing.

 

I'm just very curious if that effect even works I'm going to try to make my way down there this year

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Wait, what was that metal thing on the first drop? I hope it's not a small trim, because Colossos, if running smoothly, was easily one of the best wooden coasters in Europe.

 

If those were not trims, why would they place sensors there?

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Wait, what was that metal thing on the first drop? I hope it's not a small trim, because Colossos, if running smoothly, was easily one of the best wooden coasters in Europe.

 

If those were not trims, why would they place sensors there?

 

I think it was a trim. If you look closely you can see one coming out of the next airtime hill, and one leading into the second airtime hill.

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Wait, what was that metal thing on the first drop? I hope it's not a small trim, because Colossos, if running smoothly, was easily one of the best wooden coasters in Europe.

 

If those were not trims, why would they place sensors there?

At least it lives. So far I haven't found any RMC to be better than Toro and I would be distraught if something happened to Colossus before I got a chance to try it.

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Those trims where there before they closed it, you could not feel them at all

 

That's good to hear! I saw people complaining Colossos was being trimmed to death elsewhere because of how slowly it was running. I was figuring it was just acting like El Toro on cooler mornings.

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