ARLINGTON, Texas — In 1978, when Shock Wave debuted at Six Flags Over Texas it was the tallest steel coaster in the world, and the second coaster to feature back-to-back double loops. Situated at the edge of the park, the ride has become a familiar landmark to drivers passing by on Interstate 30. Soon it will once again have vibrant colors beckoning guests to come ride.
Shock Wave has seen several paint schemes over the years. It has evolved from all white to dark blue, light blue to silver, white track with yellow supports to dark blue with red supports. A little weary from the wear, currently its green track is being held high with blue posts. Painters from Baynum Painting of Covington, Ky., have begun the process of restoring the ride to its latest color scheme of green and blue.
The ride features more than 3,300 squared, or box, track and climbs to an elevation of 116 feet and reaches speeds of 55 mph. It was voted the “Best Steel Coaster in the World” in 1979 and is still listed among the top steel roller coasters by Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket voters.