Rocky Mountain Construction

Rocky Mountain Construction, often abbreviated as RMC, is a manufacturing and construction company based in Hayden, Idaho, United States. The company is best known for its I-Box track and Topper Track for wooden roller coasters.

Rocky Mountain Construction
Private
IndustryManufacturing and construction
Founded2001 (2001)
FounderFred Grubb and Suanne Dedmon
Headquarters,
United States
Area served
Worldwide
ServicesRoller coasters, water parks, specialty construction
Websitewww.rockymtnconstruction.com

HistoryEdit

In 2001, Rocky Mountain Construction was established by Fred Grubb and Suanne Dedmon. Fred Grubb previously had experience in the construction industry having worked on custom homes and zoo exhibits. The company has worked on several projects including the construction of roller coasters, water parks, steel buildings, miniature golf courses and go kart tracks.[1]

In 2009 Alan Schilke of Ride Centerline began providing design and engineering work for Rocky Mountain Construction. He previously worked with Arrow Dynamics (later S&S Worldwide) to design Tennessee Tornado, Road Runner Express, and X.[2][3][4] Working with Rocky Mountain Construction, Schilke and Grubb designed the I-Box track for wooden roller coasters.[5] The first installation of this track technology debuted on New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas in 2011.[6]

In late 2011, Schilke announced that the company would be working on two projects throughout 2012 which would both open in 2013.[7] These were later revealed to be an I-Box retrack of The Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and a new roller coaster designed from scratch at Silver Dollar City named Outlaw Run.[8][9] The track technology used for Outlaw Run, which allows a square beam of wood to be twisted, took 4 years to develop. It allows Rocky Mountain Construction to design layouts with maneuvers that are not traditionally possible with wooden roller coasters such as heartline rolls. Grubb has stated the technology could be used for new elements in the future.[10] Some new elements were realized with the announcement of Goliath at Six Flags Great America. The ride features a dive loop and a zero-g stall. The ride opened in June 2014.[11]

In 2013, Rocky Mountain Construction signed a deal with Dutch amusement ride firm Vekoma. The agreement allows Vekoma to sell Rocky Mountain Construction's roller coasters outside the North American market.[12] In 2014, Kolmården Wildlife Park in Sweden announced plans to build the first Rocky Mountain coaster in Europe called Wildfire, which opened on June 28, 2016.[13] To handle increased demand, Rocky Mountain Construction opened a new factory, twice the size of their existing one, in August 2014.[14]

TechnologyEdit

 
Topper Track (left) and I-Box Track (right) display at Rocky Mountain Construction's booth at IAAPA IAE 2017, with the Raptor Track display behind them to the right
  • I-Box Track (also known as Iron Horse Track) – Rocky Mountain Construction's most common product. A formation of replacement steel track for wooden roller coasters. The first installation of this track was on New Texas Giant in Six Flags Over Texas.[15][16]
  • I-Box (Large Track Version) - Specifically designed to run the S&S Free Spin 4D coaster clones.
  • Topper Track – Having been installed on several coasters around the United States.[17][18][19] The track is designed to reduce the maintenance required for a wooden roller coaster and provide a smoother ride experience.[18][20] This steel track replaces the upper layers of laminated wood.[20]
  • Wooden roller coaster trains – specifically designed to run on the company's own Topper Track, however, they could be added to other wooden roller coasters as well. The trains feature steel wheels as opposed to polyurethane wheels found on most trains.[7][8]
  • T-Rex Track – Rocky Mountain Construction's first true steel roller coaster, the T-Rex track is a single rail track.
  • Raptor Track – Very similar to T-Rex track, but Raptor track only runs trains that are one seat wide instead of two seats wide, and tend to be smaller.

List of roller coastersEdit

 
The retracked Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas

As of 2019, Rocky Mountain Construction has built or refurbished 21 roller coasters around the world. 19 of them are currently operating, 2 are being constructed.[21]

Name Model Park Country Opened Status Ref Image
New Texas Giant I-Box - Steel Six Flags Over Texas   United States 2011 Operating [22]
[6]
 
Outlaw Run Topper Track - Wood Silver Dollar City   United States 2013 Operating [23]  
Iron Rattler I-Box - Steel Six Flags Fiesta Texas   United States 2013 Operating [24]
[8]
[25]
 
Medusa Steel Coaster I-Box - Steel Six Flags Mexico   Mexico 2014 Operating [26]
Goliath Topper Track - Wood Six Flags Great America   United States 2014 Operating [27]  
Twisted Colossus I-Box - Steel Six Flags Magic Mountain   United States 2015 Operating [28]
[29]
 
Wicked Cyclone I-Box - Steel Six Flags New England   United States 2015 Operating [30]
[31]
 
Wildfire Topper Track - Wood Kolmården   Sweden 2016 Operating [32]
[13]
Storm Chaser I-Box - Steel Kentucky Kingdom   United States 2016 Operating [33]  
Lightning Rod Topper Track - Wood Dollywood   United States 2016 Operating [34]  
The Joker I-Box - Steel Six Flags Discovery Kingdom   United States 2016 Operating [35]  
Twisted Timbers I-Box - Steel Kings Dominion   United States 2018 Operating [36]  
Steel Vengeance I-Box - Steel Cedar Point   United States 2018 Operating [37]  
Twisted Cyclone I-Box - Steel Six Flags Over Georgia   United States 2018 Operating [38]  
Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster Raptor Track - Steel Six Flags Fiesta Texas   United States 2018 Operating [39]
[40]
 
RailBlazer Raptor Track - Steel California's Great America   United States 2018 Operating [41]  
Hakugei I-Box - Steel Nagashima Spa Land   Japan 2019 Operating [42]
Untamed I-Box - Steel Walibi Holland   Netherlands 2019 Operating [43]
[44]
Zadra I-Box - Steel Energylandia   Poland 2019 Operating [45]  
Iron Gwazi I-Box - Steel Busch Gardens Tampa   United States 2021 Under construction [46]  
Jersey Devil Coaster Raptor Track - Steel Six Flags Great Adventure   United States 2021 Under Construction [47]
Unknown Raptor Track - Steel Wild Water West   United States 2021 Under Construction [48]
Stunt Pilot Raptor Track - Steel Silverwood Theme Park   United States 2021 Under Construction

Other projectsEdit

Topper Track, no layout changesEdit

ConstructionEdit

Source:[49]

RepairsEdit

Source:[49]

MiscellaneousEdit

 
The wavepool at Boulder Beach was constructed by Rocky Mountain Construction

Source:[49]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Marden, Duane. "Tennessee Tornado  (Dollywood)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  3. ^ Marden, Duane. "X2  (Six Flags Magic Mountain)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  4. ^ US patent 6523479, Schilke, Alan & et al, "Amusement rides and methods", issued February 25, 2003, assigned to Morano, S. Joseph 
  5. ^ US application 2011146528, Schilke, Alan; Grubb, Fred; Bachtar, Dody, "Rolling Vehicle Track" 
  6. ^ a b "NEW Texas Giant Named Best New Ride of 2011". PR Newswire. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Alvey, Robb; Schilke, Alan (November 16, 2011). "IAAPA 2011 Trade Show Part 3 Orlando Florida Theme Park Review Rocky Mountain Sally". Theme Park Review. YouTube. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
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  17. ^ a b Rocky Mountain Construction (October 15, 2010). "Tremors Coaster Topper Track Installation". Photos. Facebook. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  18. ^ a b "Georgia Cyclone: A Classic "Woodie"". Six Flags. Archived from the original on November 6, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
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  27. ^ Marden, Duane. "Goliath  (Six Flags Great America)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  28. ^ Marden, Duane. "Twisted Colossus  (Six Flags Magic Mountain)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
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  33. ^ Marden, Duane. "Storm Chaser  (Kentucky Kingdom)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  34. ^ Marden, Duane. "Lightning Rod  (Dollywood)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  35. ^ Marden, Duane. "The Joker  (Six Flags Discovery Kingdom)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  36. ^ Marden, Duane. "Twisted Timbers  (Kings Dominion)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  37. ^ Marden, Duane. "Steel Vengeance  (Cedar Point)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  38. ^ Marden, Duane. "Twisted Cyclone  (Six Flags Over Georgia)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
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  41. ^ Marden, Duane. "RailBlazer  (California's Great America)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  42. ^ Marden, Duane. "Hakugei  (Nagashima Spa Land)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  43. ^ Marden, Duane. "Untamed  (Walibi Holland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  44. ^ "Walibi Holland vervangt Robin Hood door hypermoderne achtbaan". Looopings (in Dutch). February 6, 2018. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  45. ^ Marden, Duane. "Zadra  (Energylandia)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  46. ^ Marden, Duane. "Iron Gwazi  (Busch Gardens Tampa)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  47. ^ Marden, Duane. "Jersey Devil Coaster  (Six Flags Great Adventure)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  48. ^ "Wild Water West delays construction of roller coaster". www.msn.com. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
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