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Bobsled roller coaster

Bobsled
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Description

A roller coaster that runs without a fixed track. The train travels freely through a trough. Both wooden and steel bobsled coasters have been built.

First

Flying Turns - 1930

Oldest in Operation

Bobbaan - 1985

Latest

Flying Turns - 2013

Manufacturers

Intamin - Mack Rides

Bobsled roller coasters do not have a fixed track. The train travels freely through a trough. Bobsled coasters can not reach incredible speeds, because if it does, the car will fly off the trough. Thus, Bobsled coasters are relatively small.

BobsledCoasterExample.png The train configuration on a Bobsled coaster.

History[edit]

The first real bobsled roller coasters were built in the 1930s and 1940s and were made out of wood. These were known as Flying Turns coasters. None of these remain, with the last being Bobsled at Coney Island, demolished in 1974.

The first steel bobsled roller coasters opened in 1984 and were built by Intamin. The following year, Mack Rides introduced their bobsled model. Arrow Dynamics had also built a prototype bobsled roller coaster, however it was later scrapped. The idea continued to be popular into the 1990s however no new steel bobsled roller coasters have opened since 2001.

Long after the last wooden Bobsled coaster was demolished, Knoebels Amusement Park opened the first modern wooden Flying Turns coaster, Flying Turns. It was originally planned to open in 2007 but was delayed due to multiple issues. It finally opened in 2013.

Video Games[edit]

All three RollerCoaster Tycoon games and Thrillvile have Flying Turns and Bobsled coasters available in-game.