Steel Vengeance track capped off

Sandusky, Ohio, USA

Cedar Point announced they capped off the final piece of track on Steel Vengeance this morning. The park’s iconic Mean Streak wooden roller coaster is currently undergoing Rocky Mountain Construction’s I-Box steel track conversion and is scheduled to open next Spring. In addition to changing the track to steel while keeping the wooden support structure, the height was raised from 161 feet (49m) to 205 feet (62.5m) and the initial drop incline went from 52° to 90°, which will raise the top speed from 65 mph (104.6 km/h) to 74 mph (119 km/h). It will also feature over-banked turns, four inversions and a world record 27.2 seconds of airtime! Click the headline for more information

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Mechanical failure closes Top Thrill Dragster

Sandusky, Ohio, USA

Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point closed this weekend after suffering a mechanical failure. The breakdown was due to a collision of the train catch car, the part that connects the train to the cable, colliding with brake fins at speeds that caused tearing and melting of the hardware. There were no reports of injuries during the incident. The length of down time has yet to be determined, but it will likely be weeks, if not months, before the coaster is up and running again. Click the headline for more information

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Cedar Fair to add four new coasters in 2018

Sandusky, Ohio, USA

During the company’s Q1 2017 earnings conference call, Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet announced that the theme park chain will be adding four new roller coasters for the 2018 season. Ouimet stated that there will be “a dramatic transformation of two of our historical wooden coasters,” “a completely new type of coaster,” and “a renewed relationship with a manufacturer that we haven’t worked with in recent history.” While we already know that Mean Streak at Cedar Point and Hurler at Kings Dominion are being converted by Rocky Mountain Construction from wood to steel, speculation is running rife as to what the new type of coaster will be, which manufacturer he’s referring to and which parks will get those two new coasters. Click the headline for more information

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Cedar Point continues Mean Streak RMC conversion

Sandusky, Ohio, USA

The final weekend of Cedar Point’s 2016 season gave visitors a last glimpse of the deconstruction of Mean Streak, which closed after 25 years of operation. While the park has not announced official plans for the roller coaster, Rocky Mountain Construction track has already been spotted on-site. RMC has built a reputation for converting large wooden roller coasters to more aggressive, steel designs – which can only be assumed for Mean Streak as well.

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