Colossos - Kampf der Giganten

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Colossos - Kampf der Giganten
Previously known as Colossos (2001–2018)
Heide Park Colossos Start.jpg
Heide Park
Park sectionMain Street
Coordinates53°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
StatusOperating
Opening dateApril 13, 2001 (2001-04-13); reopened April 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
General statistics
TypeWood
ManufacturerIntamin
DesignerWerner Stengel
ModelWooden Coaster (prefabricated track)
Track layoutOut and back
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height50.0 m (164.0 ft)
Drop48.5 m (159 ft)
Length1,344 m (4,409 ft)
Speed110 km/h (68 mph)
Inversions0
Duration2:25
Max vertical angle61°
Capacity1,030 riders per hour
G-force3.8 g
Height restriction55 in (140 cm)
Colossos - Kampf der Giganten at RCDB
Pictures of Colossos - Kampf der Giganten at RCDB

Colossos - Kampf der Giganten, German for "Colossos: Battle of the Giants", is a wooden roller coaster located at Heide Park in Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany. Manufactured by Intamin, the roller coaster opened as simply Colossos in 2001. Unlike traditional wooden coasters, its track was prefabricated, laser-cut in a factory to a high degree of precision, with sections designed to snap together like Lego pieces. Some of its planks were tightly bonded in multiple layers instead of traditionally nailed together by hand. The roller coaster closed in 2016 due to deteriorating track conditions and reopened in 2019 after refurbishment.

Construction[edit]

The coaster's "plug and play" design sped up construction and reduced labor costs. Three other prefabricated wooden roller coasters have since been built: Balder at Liseberg, El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, and T Express at Everland in South Korea.

Colossos was the first wooden coaster with magnetic brakes just before the return to station, making its final braking very smooth and comfortable compared to that of coasters with friction claw brakes.

2016 closing[edit]

On July 28, 2016, Colossos was shut down and all paths to it were blocked.[1] Heide Park announced that inspections had revealed significant problems with the coaster's track, and that repairs would cost over 10 million.[1]

Reopening plans[edit]

In early January 2018, Heide announced that the entire track surface of Colossos would be replaced and that the ride would reopen for the 2019 summer season. The renovation is expected to cost around 12 million.[1] In late 2018, the ride's new name, logo and backstory were confirmed. Colossos would become Colossos: Kampf der Giganten in 2019.

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 2017 2018
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] 34[17] 28[18]
Panoramic of Colossos

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "HEIDE-PARK Germany". Screamscape. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  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.
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  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. 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. September 2016. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  17. ^ "2017 Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 21 (6.2): 50. September 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  18. ^ "2018 Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 22 (6.2): 48. September 2018. Retrieved September 13, 2016.

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