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 Closed
Opening date April 13, 2001
Closing date July 28, 2016
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 59.98 m (196.8 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 55 in (140 cm)
Age restriction 12
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 was prefabricated, meaning the track was laser cut in a factory to achieve a higher degree of precision. The sections were designed to snap together like Lego pieces. Some of the wooden planks were tightly bonded together in multiple layers instead of being traditionally nailed together by hand.

The "Plug and Play" aspect of the coaster sped up construction and lowered 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.

Since July 28, 2016, the coaster ceased operations and wouldn't be open for the 2017 season. Since then, all paths to the coaster have been blocked off.[1]

Awards[edit]

Golden Ticket Awards: Top wood Roller Coasters
Year 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Ranking 16[2] 11[3] 15[4] 19[5] 23[6] 23[7] 18[8] 18[9] 18[10] 29[11] 19[12] 17[13] 24[14] 23[15] 18[16]
Panoramic of Colossos

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.teroes.com/2017/04/11-record-holding-roller-coasters-in.html
  2. ^ "Top 25 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 6B. September 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 10–11B. September 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 14–15B. September 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 3, 2007. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 22–23B. September 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 30–31B. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 11 (6.2): 42–43. September 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 12 (6.2): 42–43. September 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 13 (6.2): 38–39. September 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 14 (6.2): 38–39. September 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 15 (6.2): 46–47. September 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 16 (6.2): 46–47. September 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 2, 2015. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  13. ^ "2013 Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 17 (6.2): 40–41. September 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  14. ^ "2014 Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 18 (6.2): 38–39. September 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  15. ^ "2015 Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 19 (6.2): 45–46. September 2015. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  16. ^ "2016 Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 20 (6.2): 46–46. September 2016. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 

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