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Powered roller coaster

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Back at the Barnyard, a powered roller coaster

A powered roller coaster is a type of roller coaster that utilizes a special kind of track that powers the train throughout the ride, rather than relying on gravity to complete the course. Many kiddie roller coasters use this method to allow compact, twisting track layouts.

Whether or not these rides are actually roller coasters is debatable, however they use very similar vehicles and track and many powered roller coasters do in fact travel downhill under gravity. Not all roller coaster enthusiasts count powered coasters.