Goliath at Six Flags Great America has begun the testing phase. Over the weekend, the construction crew completed the construction and tweaks to the coaster, as well as some successful test runs. The crew actually tested the coaster out for themselves, and rode Goliath. At the end of their ride, when they were on the brake run, one of them gave Goliath a big thumbs up. Goliath is scheduled for Media Day on Wednesday, June 18, and I expect them to make that date, after the successful test runs.
The above video is my video I shot on Wednesday (6-4-14), and it is an off-ride video of one of Goliath's first test runs.
After talking with one of the park's supervisors, I learned that the piece going up in the above photo is a piece of the lift chain trough that holds the chain in place. The park supervisor said that after the first few test runs, the climb to the top was very slow. He said that the trains were heavier than expected, in turn slowing the lift chain, so the new piece will "fix" the lift to allow for higher lift motor speeds.
The above video is a montage of Goliath's test runs. The video follows the coaster's layout from various angles throughout the park.
After some twenty test runs, two of the construction crew members hopped on and wanted to see how Goliath was running. The above video is the first "manned" test run for Goliath.
Here is a Point-of-View video that the park released a few days ago. This video captures the layout of Goliath and gives the feel of the coaster's speed and elements.
Today's post was the last update on the construction of Goliath that you will see from me. I really enjoyed spending the past month checking out the Goliath construction site, snapping photos and writing commentary for these updates. I hope you enjoyed reading through these updates as much as I enjoyed writing them. Stay tuned for a Media Day trip report that will be posted this coming week and possibly a review coming up in the next few weeks.
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