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Colossus (Thorpe Park)

Postby Simba » Sun May 15, 2011 2:53 pm

Colossus is a roller coaster at Thorpe Park in Surrey, England. It was built by Swiss manufacturers Intamin and designed by Werner Stengel as an adaptation of Monte Makaya in Brazil. Tussauds designer John Wardley adapted the project to include an extra two inversions as well as reducing its height. Colossus was the world's first roller coaster with ten inversions; an exact replica, called the Tenth Ring Roller Coaster, was later built at Chimelong Paradise in Guangzhou, China.

Manufacturers Intamin used a similar train style to their Hyper Coaster models which are exposed by removing the sides of the train. This caused problems as riders could lift their legs outside of the train whilst it was in motion. For a brief period in 2002 and 2003 the ride was equipped with metal bars on the sides of the train to prevent this. During 2003 the trains were fitted with new style restraints to prevent riders from doing this and the metal plates were removed.

The roller coaster is located in the Lost City area, in the south-east of the park. The ride is formed of a vertical loop, a cobra roll, two corkscrews and five heartline twists. The ride's rough theme is the ruins of a recently unearthed Atlantean civilisation. The music for the ride and surrounding area was composed by Ian Habgood and is shared with the roller coaster Colossos in Heide Park, Germany. During planning and construction Colossus was known as Project Odyssey; both names allude to Ancient Greece, albeit in different ways.

In 2009, the ride's lift hill chain was replaced and station area was cleaned of rust.

In 2010 Colossus's signs and station were repainted.
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Re: Colossus

Postby bulby1994 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:10 pm

I do like this ride, but when it is going at high speeds, your head bangs about inbetween the restraints... Not very comfortable...

(God, does almost every singe post I make have to be about being uncomforable or ride restraints... :D )
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Re: Colossus

Postby Simba » Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:46 am

bulby1994 wrote:I do like this ride, but when it is going at high speeds, your head bangs about inbetween the restraints... Not very comfortable...

(God, does almost every singe post I make have to be about being uncomforable or ride restraints... :D )

I like this ride too but I think that it depends on the seat that you are riding with Colossus.
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Re: Colossus

Postby Thekingin64 » Fri Aug 26, 2011 4:13 pm

I'll be riding this for the first time tomorrow. :D The rolls at the end look fun but disorientating and possiblly repetitive though.
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Re: Colossus

Postby Simba » Fri Aug 26, 2011 4:32 pm

Thekingin64 wrote:I'll be riding this for the first time tomorrow. :D The rolls at the end look fun but disorientating and possiblly repetitive though.

Enjoy your first time on it.
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Re: Colossus

Postby Simba » Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:59 am

This fantastic coaster is now the Coaster Of The Year 2011!
Because this coaster won the coaster of the year this topic is now a sticky for a whole year.
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Re: Colossus

Postby Thekingin64 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:29 am

Yay!!

Such a Brilliant coaster this. You really feel like you are upside-down on the rolls. It is rough in places though.
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Re: Colossus

Postby Simba » Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:46 am

Thekingin64 wrote:Yay!!

Such a Brilliant coaster this. You really feel like you are upside-down on the rolls. It is rough in places though.

I personally think the roughness makes Colossus better.
Anyway I totally agree that this is a brilliant coaster.
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Re: Colossus

Postby XYZ » Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:37 pm

The only problem about Colossus other than the roughness is way too many heartline rolls, 4 inversions in one element is insane (the quadruple heartline roll is the name if you do not know). If they had some more unique elements would've been nicer.
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Re: Colossus

Postby Simba » Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:42 pm

XYZ wrote:The only problem about Colossus other than the roughness is way too many heartline rolls, 4 inversions in one element is insane (the quadruple heartline roll is the name if you do not know). If they had some more unique elements would've been nicer.

I disagree, I think the quadruple heartline role is a brilliant element.
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