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Re: Colossus

Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:46 pm

Walking around/underneath Colossus today and noticed a couple brick inspection pits, are they new or am I just very unobservant? I have to wonder why they weren't built at the same height as the others so only the concrete was in the water not the metal support.

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Re: Colossus

Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:53 pm

I noticed it the other week. I can't remember it being there? It could have been, but the brickwork looks new.

I was at Thorpe today, and Colossus was running really well. Queue times were a little off toward the end of the day though!
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Re: Colossus

Sun May 20, 2018 7:45 pm

Having ridden this today for the first time in a while, I'm joining club tear it down!

I used to quite like it being the only stereotypical looking rollercoaster in the park, with 2 across seating, loops and the such. But man, this ride was terrible today.

First the ride went into emergency stop mode because someone leant on the air gate, meaning engineering and management had to come down and reset it. Next dispatching was so slow I thought from the outside they were running only a single train. But no, once inside I timed it and it was taking 3-4 minutes to dispatch a train, and the staff were going flat out to turn it around in that time. Then when I rode it back row, I got continually smacked side to side against the restraint to the point I had earache.

A nice RMC Raptor would fit in the space there! :)
 
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Re: Colossus

Fri May 25, 2018 8:52 am

Rode for the first time in years on Saturday, my god it's rough now! I don't remember it being smooth, but it was awful!
 
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Re: Colossus

Sat May 26, 2018 10:51 am

The last car on one of the trains isn't being used today.

Maybe the shakiness has become too much there now?
 
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Re: Colossus

Sat May 26, 2018 11:10 am

That'll likely be reserved for disabled riders :) 
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Re: Colossus

Sat May 26, 2018 11:39 am

Nope. Big not in use straps over all 4 seats. The other train, yep :)

Front car much smoother, but it still has the ability to knock you side to side on the loop and straights, which is impressive!
 
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Re: Colossus

Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:12 pm

Colossus has been closed since yesterday and today it appears they have closed off the walkway through the Colossus area.

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Little concerning that they've had to close one of the main arteries of the park off, unless maintenance are actively working in the area.

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Re: Colossus

Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:35 pm

It must be a fairly major issue if they’ve had to close off the pathway.

It makes you wonder if they’ve discovered some structural issues with the track and/or supports, which require vehicle access to resolve?
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Re: Colossus

Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:31 pm

It certainly suggests something not particularly great going on. Blocking off where they have closes the hot-dog vendor and shop, suggesting that something near the cobra roll is going to be worked on.

Last weekend I spotted some staff taking note of things at the gate opposite Samurai, which looks out onto the four rolls, but of course this could have been anything.

I remember being stood outside the shop in 2012 near some of the larger supports and they would shake like crazy. They've since redone the concrete on those and I haven't seen any of the same supports shake like that this year.
 
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Re: Colossus

Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:15 pm

Goodbye Colossus?

It could explain this, which I saw two weeks ago...

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Re: Colossus

Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:28 pm

As rough as Colossus is, can Thorpe really afford to lose it right now? With Loggers Leap clearly not returning, if Colossus did close for good that would be the loss of two major rides without replacement. Whilst you could argue we've gained DBGT, it really can't be compared to the likes of a major log flume or coaster.The only other possibility I can think of is if this may have some connection to some potential future plans (maybe Project 2020, or another development in that area).

It would seem odd if Colossus did close with it only returning to two train operations this season. I would have thought it would have to be a major structural issue for them to close it for good.
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Re: Colossus

Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:35 pm

It was noticed that Colossus' merchandise is having a "clear-out" style sale, hinting that it could be removed or rethemed at the end of the season. It's concerning that it's shut off like this from the public with no official word from the park about its extended closure to guests, however that could be a sign they are not set to close for an extended period :)
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Re: Colossus

Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:42 pm

From the look of the terrible operations they seemed to have across the park today, no, they need the capacity that the Colossus queue provides.

Sadly I don't see this as a planned closure for good. They would have milked the "ride it one last time" aspect.

Could be an environmental issue. There is a drain at the top end towards Rocky Express that has had fairly nasty brown water coming out of it most of the season.

Could even be that a family of swans decided to make a nest in the enclosed area and now we'll have to wait for them to move out. :)
 
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Re: Colossus

Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:44 pm

I noted earlier in the year (see my post above) that they'd added basically a brick dam around some of the submerged supports. I think these might have even been added after the start of the season too.

I don't think I've ever seen them close off that walkway/plaza before even when Colossus has been not operating. It really doesn't bode well.
 
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Re: Colossus

Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:52 pm

I can't tell if you're joking about the swans, Chris :lol

Certainly unusual, a bit worrying even. Whatever is wrong must be pretty significant for them to close one of the walkways under the ride. 

Also, interesting what Jack says about some sort of clear out of the ride's merchandise... I had actually suspected that Colossus might not be in operation at all during 2018, as some of the concept art for The Walking Dead: The Ride didn't feature Colossus at all, despite it showing other nearby rides. I'm going to take a wild guess that Thorpe were aware that the ride may be coming to the end of its life, and possibly even intended to shut it this year, but for whatever reason, decided to delay shutting it until next year, but now is suffering structural problems..? Who knows – but it's fun to speculate!
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Re: Colossus

Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:01 pm

Robert.W wrote:
I can't tell if you're joking about the swans, Chris :lol

Maybe... maybe not :lol.

I mean it is a little late, but we're just about within swan nesting season according to Google and there are a huge number of swans in the area. The wet and secluded nature of that part is somewhat perfect for them. Given the short number of operating hours, there's plenty of time for something to decide that's home now!

Edit: But if it were, I'm sure someone on staff would have taken a photo of it by now :lol.
 
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Re: Colossus

Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:36 pm

As pictured, Colossus merchandise was the only items on sale and as far as I can tell, it was every item. I did mention to Jack about the possibility of a retheme and we joked about calling it now, however, now we have this :|

With regards to making a song and dance about riding it while you can, Loggers Leap didn't have it, nor did The Flume at Alton. X didn't even have a big send off before the ride was rethemed... it just happened!
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Re: Colossus

Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:46 pm

I think there will be some sort of special event if it does close, as this was the ride which changed Thorpe into a major competitor in the UK theme park industry, and put it on the map not unlike Corkscrew. 
 
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Re: Colossus

Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:37 pm

Did it reopen today?
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