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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Kennywood Construction Update: Steel Curtain Topped Off

Steel Curtain has been topped off at 220 feet in the sky and it has completely redefined the Kennywood skyline. By structure, it is the tallest coaster in the park and the state, though Phantom's Revenge still owns the record for the tallest drop at 228 feet. The views from the east as you approach the park are especially impressive. Now you can see the coaster from pretty much anywhere in Duquesne and across the Mon Valley.
 Just a few months until opening! I can't wait to see them get the track work done and start testing this thing.
I don't have any idea of how this coaster will ride, and I cannot wait to find out. This thing is so radically different from anything else that I have seen. Considering the designer is Joe Draves, this thing will almost certainly be eccentric and wild, considering he has also designed Lightning Run at Kentucky Kingdom, one of the wildest coasters ever built. 
 Lens switch time!
 The lift hill looks pretty awesome.

 So we headed across the Mon Valley the next day to the Westinghouse Bridge, the giant concrete arch bridge that you can see from the lift hill on Phantom. It is about 1.5 miles, as the crow flies, between the Westinghouse Bridge and Steel Curtain. 
The 180 foot Skycoaster to the right, shows a great point of reference on how huge this coaster is. 

Summer can't come soon enough! 

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