White Cyclone to get RMC conversion

Nagashima, Kuwana, Japan

Nagashima Spa Land announced that the park’s iconic White Cyclone wooden roller coaster will close on January 28, 2018 to undergo RMC’s I-Box steel track treatment before reopening in Spring 2019. Rocky Mountain Construction specialize in converting classic wooden coasters into new steel hybrid coasters, with many examples already operating in the United States of America. This is the first RMC Iron Horse conversion outside of the USA and only their second project abroad following the opening of Wildfire in Sweden last year. Click the headline for more information

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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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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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Wildfire at Kolmården shut down

Kolmården, Norrköping, Sweden

Europe’s first coaster by RMC, Wildfire at Kolmården, has been closed in a permit dispute. Despite the park fulfilling all of their obligations before building Wildfire began, The Land and Environment Court in Norrköping, Sweden, has declared that the original permit application should have contained more detailed information and have revoked it. The operation of Wildfire has ceased until further and the park are working with the Land and Environment Court to resolve the problem.

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