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Wicked Cyclone: Hybrid steel, wooden roller coaster coming to Six Flags

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The Wicked Cyclone will be a hybrid steel, wooden rollercoaster that will be built where the old Cyclone was located. (Six Flags) The Wicked Cyclone will be a hybrid steel, wooden rollercoaster that will be built where the old Cyclone was located. (Six Flags)
Pieces of Wicked Cyclone's orange steel track have begun to arrive at Six Flags New England in Agawam. Pieces of Wicked Cyclone's orange steel track have begun to arrive at Six Flags New England in Agawam.

Six Flags New England has begun construction on a state-of-the-art wooden and steel hybrid roller coaster that will be the first of its kind on the East Coast.

After a 31-year run, the Cyclone at Six Flags New England took its last ride in July, but the attraction will receive a total transformation and reopen as Wicked Cyclone in 2015. The new coaster will have a gray wooden frame with an orange steel track and will stand 10 stories tall, according to a news release from Six Flags.

The steel track will give thrill-seekers a smoother ride along the coaster's 3,320-foot track, which is not much shorter than the former Cyclone's 3,400-foot track. After riders board they will quickly climb 109 feet and plummet down a 78-degree drop, reaching speeds up to 55 mph.

"We take great pride in creating incredible, one-of-a-kind experiences for our guests here at the Thrill Capital of New England," said John Winkler, Six Flags New England Park president.

Wicked Cyclone will be the first roller coaster of its kind to have a 200-degree stall and two Zero-G Rolls, which will feel similar to a corkscrew. Riders will have more airtime than any other roller coaster in New England with 14 airtime hills.

"This project has been years in the making, and the addition of Wicked Cyclone enhances our commitment to delivering world-class thrills to Six Flags New England every year," Winkler said.

Like the former Cyclone, the Wicked Cyclone will have a capacity of 24 riders. The ride is being built by Rocky Mountain Construction and will last 97 seconds.

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