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Station

The train leaving the station on the Runaway Mine Train at Alton Towers.

A station (sometimes called a loading platform) is a section of track on a roller coaster where riders enter and exit the cars. Stations use brakes to hold the train and friction wheels or LIMs to propel it forwards. Alternatively, the station may have a slight decline to allow the train to roll out under gravity.

Types[edit]

Duel station[edit]

The mechanism used for switching between the two tracks on Kingda Ka's dual station.

A duel station is a type of station used on a small number of roller coasters. It is essentially two stations parallel to the other. The track splits before entering the station, and after leaving.

This means a train can load riders while another train unloads, theoretically increasing the hourly capacity of the roller coaster.

Both Vekoma and Bolliger & Mabillard have used a duel station on their flying roller coasters, likely due to concerns about how quickly the new style of trains could be loaded and unloaded. Intamin incorporated a duel station into a couple of their earlier Accelerator Coaster installations.

Roller coaster Amusement park Company Year
Firehawk
Formerly X-Flight
Kings Island
Geauga Lake
Vekoma 2007
2001
Batwing Six Flags America Vekoma 2001
Galactica Alton Towers Bolliger & Mabillard 2002
Superman Ultimate Flight Six Flags Over Georgia Bolliger & Mabillard 2002
Storm Runner Hersheypark Intamin 2004
Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios Florida Premier Rides 2004
Kingda Ka Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2005
Tatsu Six Flags Magic Mountain Bolliger & Mabillard 2006
Manta SeaWorld Orlando Bolliger & Mabillard 2009
Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts Universal Studios Florida Unknown 2014
Acrobat Nagashima Spa Land Bolliger & Mabillard 2015
Flying Dinosaur Universal Studios Japan Bolliger & Mabillard 2016

Sliding station[edit]

A sliding station is a type of station which can hold two trains at once. The platform slides or rotates to allow one train to load and unload riders while the other is in operation.

Sliding stations have been used on shuttle roller coasters to increase their capacity and also on short full-circuit roller coasters where the train completes more than one circuit of the track layout.

The first known roller coaster to have a sliding station is Pinfari's Big Apple turntable model. Introduced in the early 1980s, there are three known installations. The station is situated on a circular platform which rotates.

Fly-through station[edit]

A feature on some rides (mainly Boomerang models) is a fly-through station. This involves the train passing through the station at high speed. An example of this is Boomerang at Knott's Berry Farm.

Layout[edit]

Riders waiting behind air-gates.

On larger roller coasters, air-gates are often used to control when guests can board the train. They are positioned such that they line up with the rows of the train and are operated from the control panel by the ride operator. Some roller coasters have additional queuing space for the front and back rows of the train, guaranteeing guests that are willing to wait longer a seat in the front or back row.