Saying goodbye to Colossus

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Magic Mountain’s Colossus. (Photo by: Isadora Kleiman)

Magic Mountain’s Colossus. (Photo by: Isadora Kleiman)

The Colossus Coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain will make its final ride on Saturday.

The massive coaster has a 100-foot drop and goes as fast as 60 miles an hour.

But after 36 years of delighting and terrifying visitors, what once was the country’s tallest and fastest wood roller coaster is closing.

Tim Baldwin, editor of the quarterly Roller Coaster magazine, published by American Coaster Enthusiasts, spoke with KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis about the Colossus and the popularity of wooden coasters.