Faster, higher, sharper. Steve Martindale can't help but get excited when he talks about the new and improved Texas Giant. "The top speed will eclipse the old Texas Giant and will run up to 65 miles an hour," said Martindale, president of Six Flags Over Texas. "Most exciting to me, the new track will enable us to bank the track at an incredible 95 degrees."
The 2010 season opens at Six Flags on Saturday, but the Texas Giant won't run again until spring, 2011, when the $10 million renovation is expected to be done.
On Wednesday, crews from Rocky Mountain Construction hoisted the first section of fire-engine red, steel track into place on the wooden frame of the 20-year-old coaster. "It represents thousands of hours of engineering, applied physics and, as you can imagine, some pretty serious math," Martindale said.
In the highly competitive theme park industry and with the U.S. economy still slogging along, Martindale and the rest of the staff at Six Flags hope the renovated and re-worked Texas Giant helps the Arlington park to compete. "Everyone's always looking for that next big thing," Martindale said. "We expect this to be something that, not only people from Texas, but probably from all over the world are going to want to come and experience."
The first piece of new track is raised into position on the wooden frame of the Texas Giant roller-coaster.
During a press introduction Wednesday, the Arlington, Texas park, debuted the newest in track design for the traditional wooden coaster with the unveiling of Iron Horse Coaster track. The steel I-beam design is the result of three years of engineering. The Chinchillian Red painted track is not bent, but is cut, then welded together in 40 to 53-foot lengths before being bolted to the Texas Giant's wooden support structure. The new track design does not use any wood on the track bed, nor does it use any track bolts.
^That's what it sounds like to me too. So is this going to be a steel coaster now? I wonder if they will be using the steel track for just the overbank element or if it will now cover the entire ride. Are we looking at a new Son of Beast (wood coaster with a steel loop) or a new Gemini?
robbalvey wrote: So wait a second...are they replacing the wood track with steel track? Like Gemini style? I don't quite understand what they are doing to this ride.
From this article is sounds like they are converting it into a steel coaster using a wood structure.
Robb I second you on this... I am very confused as to what is going on. Is the entire ride going to be new steel track, or is it just going to be bits and pieces of steel track?! I am confused. I guess we will find out in due time though... ~Matthew
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