Posts tagged: Six Flags Magic Mountain

By , March 23, 2009
David Stamper

Hello to all! I would like to start by introducing myself. My name is David and I am currently Interning at the Engineering office in Cincinnati. I have been given the privilege to help with the finalization of all three of our coasters being built this year. These rides are going to be amazing! I figured I would give an update on the progress of our job sites:

Let’s start with El Toro. This past week has been a very eventful week with the coaster making its first test runs! The ride looks phenomenal with great pacing and an awesome first drop for all you “straight drop freaks out there!” If you don’t know what I am talking about with that quote, I advise you check out the video of Chris and Jeff riding El Toro. I will add a link at the end of this entry. Everyone involved with this coaster did a great job and it really shows. Anyone with the opportunity to make it to Germany should add El Toro to their to do list.

Moving on to Worlds of Fun. Prowler is rapidly approaching completion and, if you have seen the construction pictures or have been lucky enough to tour the coaster, it looks absolutely beautiful. All of the main structure for the ride is standing and is fully tracked. I have spent the entire last week drawing structural revisions for the ride and finalizing the braking system which is in the process of being installed. I cannot wait to make my way over to Worlds of Fun this year to ride this beast!

Now for Terminator. As anyone who has followed the construction of this coaster knows, Terminator has gone up extremely fast! We are astounded at the progress that the crew in California has made. With all of the bents in the first drop now standing, the crew is starting to making their way down the lift hill which I recently did revisions for.

I believe that will complete my updates for the day. I hope everyone is enjoying the construction of these rides as much as I am. It’s great to hear all of the much deserved hype about the coasters and know that you were a part of them. I hope to be posting more entries soon to keep everyone updated on the rides and to give you a taste of my role in the overall construction of the coasters.

Here is the hilarious video as promised in the El Toro update:

By , March 9, 2009
Ashley Hancock

Hello everyone!

We have been very busy building the trains for “Terminator Salvation” and all I can say about them is WOW! These trains are going to look so cool.

The past few weeks, I have been learning so much about the construction of a wooden roller coaster. I was given a study manual about the construction and operation of our rides and was then told that I was going to be given a quiz by Chris in the near future. I have been busy reading this manual trying to obtain as much information as I can.

Adam and I also joined Clair at Dutch Wonderland to assist him and finish the repair job on “Kingdom Coaster”. This was a great learning experience to be able to physically work on the structure.

I attended my first East Coaster last month and Chris played a very good practical joke in front of the crowd that embarrassed me, but we all got a good laugh out of it. Thanks Cliff for playing along!

I hope you have enjoyed the pictures of all our construction progress, we will post more soon!

By , February 8, 2009
Ashley Hancock

Hello everyone, I want to first introduce myself. My name is Ashley and I am the new intern for the Sunbury office. I’m here assisting Chris, Dan, and Adam with the assembly of the Millennium Flyer Trains for 2009.

We have already completed both trains for Prowler and one is already on site. We just finished the Forellenhof train on Thursday of last week and it will be shipping on Wenesday of this week.

I would also like to take this time to say how thankful I am for this opportunity to work as an intern for Great Coasters Int. Be sure to look for more post in the future with updates on the construction of the Terminator trains and the commissioning of all three coasters.

By , December 19, 2008
Evan Souliere

I’m in the final hours of my last day here now, so I thought it’d be nice to post an update before heading out. Starting with our new projects:

Prowler has been well-covered photographically by the park and a few other sites, so I probably have little additional information to offer. Foundation work is winding down, with a couple minor pours left. The first of the two bridges spanning the creek was set today, while track work continued on the more than 75% of the structure already standing. What is left for the ride (structurally) includes the station, transfer building, about half the lift, and the sections of bents connecting the out and return runs to their respective counterparts. Obviously tracking, facing, and bracing will continue, with the mechanical, electrical, and air systems following.

Forellenhof’s ride is in a similar state as Prowler, with all but one section of the structure standing. The foundation work for that portion had to start after the closing of the park for the winter, so we’re just finishing up with concrete and beginning to get the structure going there. Tracking is well under way there, as well, with all eight plies installed over much of the ride. Subsequent mechanical, electrical, and air systems remain, as well.

And finally, Terminator at Magic Mountain has almost all of its concrete poured. In fact, the last slab pour was today, with a few specialty pours remaining. Bent construction is well under way, so once the ride goes vertical, progress will be incredible.

On a personal note, looking back at the last 12 months working in our Cincinnati office (with a two-month break in the middle), my experience has been great. I’ve seen more bent drawings than I ever thought possible and have learned an incredible amount from some of the best in the business. It will be strange to go back to school after all of this, but I’ve missed Boston and my friends, so it will be bitter-sweet.

On the plus side, I graduate in May and will be returning to the office with a full-time position doing more of what I love. Adam, who you haven’t heard from in a little while because he’s been in class, just graduated (lucky him!) this week, and will be joining Great Coasters full-time in the Pennsylvania office where we both started.

With the founding interns growing up, this blog will likely grow with us. I’ll leave its future a surprise, but I assure you that our change of titles does not mean an end to our sharing this experience with you.

Have a great holiday season. I’ll check back in soon enough.

By , December 2, 2008
Evan Souliere

Things have been busy lately (in the good way), but I figured I could still fit in an update.

I’ve been working a lot on our three new rides, as well as a couple rehab projects we’re undertaking during this off-season. I was also lucky enough to get to the annual IAAPA Trade Expo a couple weeks ago and talk to a lot of cool people.

What should I start with today? Let’s go with Forellenhof…

Hopefully you noticed the batch of photos from Forellenhof that I posted a few weeks ago. They really show how the ride is going to turn out, and we’re all really excited about it. I’ll admit that I haven’t had much to do with that ride for the past couple of weeks, but they’ve certainly been busy on site. The first drop’s bents are now standing and tracking is progressing very nicely!

Come to think of it, I haven’t worked much with Six Flags Magic Mountain too much recently either, but that will certainly change once concrete has been poured. I know it doesn’t seem like much is going on at the job site itself (some minor updates have been posted to a few websites recently), but sometimes the work getting done isn’t always visible. Fortunately for those that want more visible progress, any updates you see from this weekend (and beyond) may have some pleasant surprises.

So that leaves Worlds of Fun as the last of the big projects, and it is certainly what I’ve been spending a lot of time on. Specifically, I worked for a while on detailing the bridges that will cross the creek, as well as checking all of the bent drawings that we release to the field. With a majority of the structure standing, that will probably slow a bit in the coming days, but there is still plenty of work to do. And the location of the most recent progress is perfect; I always have a Firefox window open with the Prowler webcam up!

Within the next couple weeks, I should have still more to report, so stay tuned. Perhaps I should also mention that I only have three more weeks left in this office before I return to school for one final semester before graduation! I’ll be sad to go, but I’ll try to get updates from others and post them here while I’m gone. And my time away from the office is only temporary, so don’t worry about a lack of posting updates.

I almost forgot: Have you seen Great Coasters’ new website yet? If not, head over to and check it out. You can also become a fan of ours on Facebook for special updates, as well as subscribe to our Twitter account. There, we post any update about what we’re doing or where you can see the latest information and photos of our rides, whether or not they come from us! We certainly have a passion for what we do and love sharing it with others.

By , November 6, 2008
Evan Souliere

It occurred to me that I haven’t posted in a little while, specifically since Terminator was announced for 2009 at Six Flags Magic Mountain. That brings our work load to THREE jobs for our office to be working on right now, not to mention several repair jobs, as well.

Visitors to Six Flags Magic Mountain have been reporting back our progress there. As of now, the site is ready for concrete and bents are being built. Not just a few; they’re at more than 100 so far and counting. It is exciting to see the overhead shots a few have taken from the Sky Tower, clearly showing the formwork for our slab that I have been staring at on a blueprint for a couple months now. It really is an awesome feeling to see something go from a design on paper to the final product (and everything in between).

So as work picks up at Magic Mountain, I’ll make the same promise I have made for our other jobs: I’ll post any photos of construction that I can as soon as I can. I know what it’s like to crave new photos (we do it all the time in the office!), so sharing them is the least I can do.

Our work at Forellenhof in Germany is moving along quite well. With bents for almost the whole ride (the final section was awaiting the park closing for the season) released for construction, standing of bents is in full swing. Tracking has begun, as well, along with final bracing being installed. The station is next on the list for construction, as well as the lift hill. I wish I had some updated photos to show you now, but I’m at a loss for now. Hopefully soon. We’re also awaiting the naming of the ride so we have something more familiar to call it.

And, finally, Worlds of Fun. I leave that for last because it is certainly getting the most coverage out of the three. Just today, the park posted 15 new photos of the ride’s construction, so you can probably tell the progress they’re making just as much as I can describe it.

What I can offer, though, is that we’ve just released the bents from the top of the lift down the first drop for construction, so keep your eye out for some beefy bents being built and stood. The tallest, if I remember correctly, is just about 90 feet tall (roughly four times taller than anything we’ve stood so far).

In other news, as I so plainly stated in my last post, the new website went live at midnight on November 1 as planned. I like to think that it caters nicely to both clients, and, as I suspect most of the visitors to this site are, those interested in our rides for reasons other than wanting to buy one.

Some features definitely worth checking out (in my opinion):

- The “Compare” page, which allows you to see each of our rides’ stats together and sort them by various criteria.
- The Map that creates a great visual of where we’ve both installed new rides and repaired others.
- The FAQ section, which is a work in progress and awaiting questions to be submitted that YOU think everyone would be interested in.
- The photos throughout the site that have been submitted by our fans (and that you can still contribute to!).

We’ve also created a Facebook page, linked from the site, and a Twitter account. Through both, we can easily update those interested in what’s going on at our job sites, though, admittedly, I’ve been updating everyone via Twitter significantly more often (the smaller updates seem more appropriate).

That’s it for me for today. Stay tuned for more updates as our three jobs continue to move forward.

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