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Colossus: The Power of Steps!


Mitchada04

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Can I have your attention please, due to some people climbing the lift hill the ride is currently unavailable. 

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We have E-Stopped the ride, padlocked it and thrown away the key! 

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And left the trains stranded.

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On Colossus, each wheel unit is inspected heavily every seven days. Fact

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Colossus is dirty, also fact :P 

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GEEK SHOT!

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And up we went! Trying to be all artsy but the ride was sinking which made it hard (fact! They blast air into the ground to stop this)

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I love the shots you get from these walks! Plus the VIP hosts are always lovely!

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The chain is actually huge. I always forget how huge

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The lift hill wobbles a lot too, which adds a great thrill element!

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Noisy antirollbacks

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Saw facts! The ride didn't have the lift system in place to evacuate at first, this was something Thorpe helped design with Gerst and is known as the Thorpe Amendment and is now used on all post Saw eurofighters

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There is also a hawk noise effect that sounds every 20 minutes. This was put in to try and scare off the pigeons. It doesn't have that effect, but the sound effect still works!

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London skyline just about

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The engineers decided to run a train on Inferno. For the fun of it clearly

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Hey Swarm!

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Sun breaking through and Ghost Train shed! Few things on it.

 

They have a 6 year contract with DB then it will be reviewed. It's cost can't be published yet as it isn't finalised as they're still paying for all the delays, tweaks etc they're having to do. It initially was set out to be £25 million ish, it's more now due to the issues and could keep rising till next year! They also built a cherry picker into the building not on purpose. Good job. It can join Smiler's one.

 

Other bits: IAC is on a 3 year contract so runs out end of 2017, possible retheme for 2018 attraction. Next year is probably a flat ride of some sorts. They have begun weight testing on the island behind Swarm for the next big ride and working on the plans. A coaster seems to be most likely apparently. AB contract is also up sometime soon but they want to keep that one, especially as the film got okay reviews! 

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Read and learn guys

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Night night Colossus!

 

Next time... Florida :o 

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Thanks for this insight into the Odyssey that started the transformation into the Thorpe we know today.

 

some interesting facts there. Never knew of those expiry dates for the IP's, but the Derren one sound quite reassuring. 

 

I can definitely see why, not much facial work has been to the ride, judging by all the structural and subsidence issues it has faced. How bad is the sinking problem out of interest?

 

Was there any mention on Canada Creek/Loggers?

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It was a good visit! VIP stuff is always worth it! 

 

The sinking isn't that bad, it's just happening. 

 

Loggers they're still undecided on apparently, it sounds like the park want it but higher ups might not. 

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