Colossos (Heide Park)

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Colossos
Heide Park Colossos Start.jpg
Heide Park
Park section Main Street
Coordinates 53°01′23″N 9°53′00″E / 53.02306°N 9.88333°E / 53.02306; 9.88333Coordinates: 53°01′23″N 9°53′00″E / 53.02306°N 9.88333°E / 53.02306; 9.88333
Status Operating
Opening date April 13, 2001
General statistics
Type Wood
Manufacturer Intamin
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Wooden Coaster (prefabricated track)
Track layout Out and back
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 59.9 m (197 ft)
Drop 48.49 m (159.1 ft)
Length 1,343.97 m (4,409.4 ft)
Speed 110.1 km/h (68.4 mph)
Inversions 0
Duration 2:25
Max vertical angle 61°
Capacity 1500 riders per hour
G-force 3.8
Height restriction 140 cm (4 ft 7 in)
Colossos at RCDB
Pictures of Colossos at RCDB

Colossos is a wooden roller coaster at Heide Park in Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany. Unlike traditional wooden roller coasters, Colossos is prefabricated, meaning the track is laser cut in a factory to achieve a higher degree of precision. The sections are designed to snap together like Lego pieces. Some of the wood is tightly bonded together in multiple layers instead of being traditionally nailed together by hand.

The "Plug and Play" aspect of the coaster speeds construction and lowers building costs by reducing the amount of labor required. Three other prefabricated wooden roller coasters have since been built: Balder at Liseberg, El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure, and T Express at Everland in South Korea.

Awards[edit]

Golden Ticket Awards: Top wood Roller Coasters
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ranking [1] 16[2] 11[3] 15[4] 19[5] 23[6] 23[7] 18[8] 18[9] 18[10] 29[11] 19[12] 17[13]
Panoramic of Colossos

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 22–23B. September 2005. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 30–31B. September 2006. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
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  9. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 13 (6.2): 38–39. September 2009. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 14 (6.2): 38–39. September 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 15 (6.2): 46–47. September 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 16 (6.2): 46–47. September 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ "2013 Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 17 (6.2): 40–41. September 2013. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 

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