Saturday, December 16, 2006

Steel Force Construction Diary #2

Where were we? Oh yes, we were following the construction of Steel Force to honor the ride's 10th anniversary this year.

Some time has passed since the last photo in the previous update. Now we are at the end of January, 1997. As you can see, Steel has started to rise. A bunch of the lift supports had gone up at this point. Also worth mentioning, you can see that the parking lot was still not paved and only in the process of receiving lighting during this off season.

Here we are at the start of February, 1997. No super huge changes here, but they have started to build the supports for the drop. Also, take note of the big Thunderhawk sign that is on the ride's lift. I always though that sign was neat, I wonder why they removed it?

The week after, they had started the supports for the 2nd hill. Winter was in full force at this point, which is made clear by the snow on the ground.

At the end of February, 1997 work on the turnaround portion of the ride was in full swing. While land clearing had taken place earlier, it wasn't until around this time that footers started to be poured on the hill for the turnaround. It's pretty strange to see this view with Steel Force's large helix missing, and also Hercules still standing. Say hi to the ghost of Hercules!

That's all for now, I promise the next batch of pictures is where things start to get more interesting!