The Rocky Mountain Coaster Company, the group behind the reinvention of the Texas Giant, are building their first coaster from scratch. Could this be the start of a major player in the industry?
The ride is being built in Silver Dollar City, home of S&S launcher Powder Keg and B&M looper Wildfire. Very little is known about the ride, but it has began construction already:
Background info on the ride:
One of our readers who resides in the Spokane, WA area pointed out an interesting article in the local paper about the Rocky Mountain Construction Group. The article talked about how the group is building a new $1 million shop building in Hayden, Idaho where they will move their track manufacturing operations. This will also free up room for the group to begin building their very own roller coaster cars.
Why? Much like why GCI created the Millennium Flyers that could maneuver through their extremely twisted layouts, Rocky Mountain’s track system is simply capable of doing things other trains wouldn’t be able to do. According to Rocky Mountain, “We will be building cars we think will be revolutionary for the industry.” They go on to state that the combination of their new track and cars will be able to allow a wooden coasters to perform inversions, a feat no one has tried since Son of Beast at Kings Island.
Best of all the article also mentioned that the group has roller coaster projects planned for Silver Dollar City and Six Flags Fiesta Texas, both to open in Spring 2013. This matches up well with the reports from IAAPA where Rocky Mountain was reported as having two 2013 projects in the works. One of those was said to be a custom built wooden coaster project that would feature Rocky Mountain’s Topper Track. Could this be what Silver Dollar City has in store for 2013?
Speaking of the 2013 project, the SDCFans forum reports that ground clearing work for the park’s 2013 project seems to have started as soon as the park closed for the winter. They are working in the area just beyond the Giant Swing where the old train robbers shack was removed at the end of the 2011 season. And the biggest question is… if the park is getting a new Rocky Mountain coaster, will it have an inversion?
It seems likely that this ride will become the only operating woodie in the world with inversions.