Six Flags Fiesta Texas unveils its newest addition and structural landmark — the highly anticipated hybrid coaster Iron Rattler.
The Iron Rattler is a unique technological marvel combining a classic wooden support structure with modern track and rails crafted of steel, allowing for unprecedented smooth and swift over-banked turns and inversions never before experienced on either a traditional steel or wooden coaster. Utilizing state-of-the-art Iron Horse Track™©® the innovative Iron Rattler provides four over-banked turns, the most of any hybrid coaster today, and will be the first to deliver an inverted barrel roll for an awe-inspiring adventure in and around the surrounding 100-ft. quarry wall setting!
With its unique construction, the Iron Rattler boasts:
- A staggering drop of 171 feet with an amazing drop angle of 81 degrees.
- A blazing top speed of 70 mph.
- Four over-banked turns — more than any other hybrid coaster, and the first of its kind to feature a completely inverted barrel roll.
The Iron Rattler is a force to be reckoned with and a unique technological marvel, combining a classic wooden support structure with modern track and rails crafted of steel . “Six Flags has innovation as part of our DNA and the Iron Rattler will take extreme innovation to a new level with a taller drop, faster speed and steeper banks. This cutting-edge coaster truly marries the best of both classic and modern coaster designs to deliver heart-pounding thrills,” said former park president Martin Bozer.
The steel track was constructed by Rocky Mountain Construction Group, the same group that helped design the New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas. According to Tim Baldwin, editor of Rollercoaster! Magazine, "The Rattler’s transformation is expected to be nothing short of spectacular. This innovation is so new in the amusement industry; it has only been done once before. The results were tremendous, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas' project should be equally amazing."
The day’s work had ended, and everyone boarded the train for the long trip back to the surface. The miners were exhausted and caked in dark dust.
Through the steady click-click of the tracks, they closed their eyes and tried to shut down their thoughts for a moment.
Suddenly, a shriek of terror was heard from the last car. There, deep in the mine, sounds of slurping and crunching echoed in the blackness. A loud pop was followed by a shower of blood and irregularly shaped pieces of skin. Warm and dripping strands of muscle wrapped themselves around the necks of the men in the next car. Through the terrifying blackness, their screams and whimpering were all that was heard.
Then, the race was on. Evasive action was taken. The mix of cries and crunching of bones marked the spot, as Whatever It Was made its way forward, car by car, man by man. After what seemed a lifetime, but just as suddenly as before, the light of the outside blinded the remaining miners, as the train came to the violent end of the line. Shortly after the incident the mine shaft was closed and the track was re-routed. Nobody has been into the mine shaft since.
Update: Good news! To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the mine Six Flags has decided to reopen the old mine shaft and make it available to the general public for exciting night rides. Don’t mind the sounds in the background…it’s probably nothing.
The minimum height requirement for Iron Rattler is 48″.
What Our Guests Say
"OUTSTANDING! Best wooden coaster I've ever ridden. Super smooth ride, comfortable restraints, crazy inversion, and lots great airtime."
"As a 42-yr-old woman it was so thrilling..."
"Iron Rattler was awesome-- the drop was high, the turns and the speed were great. When you think you're done it does one more flip... my kids loved it."
"From the awesomely steep first drop, through the over-banked turns, barrel roll, and into the cooling mist of the tunnel, a smooth and exciting ride!"
"A 171 ft drop, at 70 mph! What's not to love? Great ride!"
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