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Video: Iron Rattler begins testing at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Iron Rattler construction

The revamped Iron Rattler roller coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas has begun testing ahead of its reopening in spring 2013.

The wooden coaster, which was formerly known as the Rattler and closed on August 5, 2012, is undergoing a similar makeover to the Texas Giant at sister park Six Flags Over Texas. This has seen it being converted into a wood-steel hybrid, featuring an "Iron Horse" track and a series of new elements.

The official video below shows Iron Rattler being put through its paces:

The Rattler was the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world when it opened in 1992, standing at some 179-feet-tall. Riders hit a top speed of 73 miles per hour at the base of its first drop, which was subsequently shortened by 42 feet. This reduced the speed to 65 miles per hour, with Six Flags Fiesta Texas aiming to address complaints that the ride was too intense.

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