Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Foggy Kennywood Construction Update: Steel Curtain Rises, February 2019

When we last checked in on construction on Kennywood's new Steel Curtain Roller Coaster, they were in the midst of assembling the giant crane to begin construction on the taller parts of the coaster. Our last visit was in the middle of a snowstorm. Since Punxsutawney Phil proclaimed the start of spring, this visit was in the middle of a foggy day.
Now we see the coaster really coming together. The coaster's supports are now approaching 200 feet in height. Additionally, notice the track work happening in the valley following the first turnaround on Racer. This sort of meticulous care is why Kennywood's wooden roller coasters ride as well as any in the business.  
What is likely to be one of the most exciting sections of the coaster for spectators is coming together.  The ride's crossing over the midway between Aero 360 and Racer, features an airtime hill on the first crossover, and then a zero-g roll, which is advertised as a "Top Gun Stall" by the park, in order to communicate and keep up with foreign relations. Both elements look absolutely gorgeous and should be extremely exciting for both riders and spectators alike. It is reminiscent of the bridges featured on Waldameer's Ravine Flyer II and Cedar Point's Gatekeeper. It will prove to be a huge hit.
 There is so much track action! It was mesmerizing looking at it and thinking about how the whole coaster will come together. The coaster has looked dramatically different on each of our visits.
 This coaster is huge!
 The bridge is beautiful. I wonder what kind of lighting package the coaster will have. I cannot wait to see what it will look like reflected upon the lake.
Are you ready for summer yet?