VIDEO: Colossus, Once Nation's Tallest Wood Coaster, Is No More
By Neal Broverman
The roller coaster Colossus made its final run this weekend at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. after a 36-year run as the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster.
The final day brought the "Save Colossus" group to the amusement park, where they attempted to save the towering wooden structure. The group was unsuccessful at keeping the ride open, but park officials promised exciting new changes for the spot.
"After today, Colossus, as we know it will close forever," reads the group's last post on the Facebook page. "Six Flags has yet to announce the 'exciting changes' we can expect in the wake of its closure, but some of our contributors have given us hope in a possible evolution as opposed to complete demolition."
Fans hope the ride will not be dismantled entirely, but will be retooled. The trend of restoring roller coasters has grown in popularity with company's like Rocky Mountain Construction working to bring the coasters back to life.
"We can take an existing coaster, rehab it and retrofit it, making the track more exciting," Amy Garcia, a spokeswoman for Rocky Mountain Construction, told the LA Times. "We can have the coaster come back to life and have a new exciting ride for the park to market."
Whether Six Flags restores Colossus or replaces it, nothing can take away the thrills the behemoth wooden coaster brought to park visitors.
"There is always a love for the wooden coaster because it's the real deal," Tim Baldwin, editor of the quarterly Roller Coaster magazine, said. "Wooden coasters have an appeal because of the sense of nostalgia they create."
Check out a video of the legendary coaster below: