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Giant Coaster Rehab - Another Solution in Steel
Posted by Tom Klemens on April 7, 2010 at 9:27 AM.

The Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas (Arlington, Texas) is getting a $10 million makeover that includes conversion to a hybrid design featuring manufactured steel tracks on a traditional wooden superstructure.

 

When it first opened in 1990, the Texas Giant was billed as the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world, reaching 63 mph and including a 79-degree drop and a 95-degree bank (both Amusement Today articlethe steepest in the world). The ride has been closed since 2008, but when it reopens in 2011, which coincides with Six Flags’ 50th anniversary, the lift hill will be 10 ft taller than the original and the coaster will hit 65 mph. And thanks to the new Iron Horse Coaster track, riders will get the thrills without the bone-jarring.

 

To see the new track section, click here to go to the builder’s site. Click through using the link in the first paragraph to see construction photos in the Amusement Today article (scroll way down to the March 3rd article).

 

Click here to read the park’s official description.

 

For two coaster enthusiasts’ takes on the upgrade, click here and here.


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