|Designer / calculations||LaMarcus Adna Thompson|
HeightApprox. 25-50 feet
DropApprox. 20 feet
Top speed6-10 mph
DurationAround 1 minute
Switchback Railway was a wooden roller coaster at Cedar Point, Ohio USA. It was the first roller coaster at the park and the first amusement park ride in the USA. Rider's paid 5 cents, and sometimes waited 3 hours to ride*.
Design[edit | edit source]
Rider's climbed up a staircase to the station, where rider's pushed down in a tab-bogon like car*, and went through several airtime hills, before they reached the second tower, and were then turned around. (Thus the name, 'switchback') The Switchback Railway did not have a powered lift hill which meant that the cars had to be pushed back to the station by hand.
*Not confirmed. Please add a reliable source.
Sources[edit | edit source]
|Roller coasters at Cedar Point|
|Present||Blue Streak • Cedar Creek Mine Ride • Corkscrew • GateKeeper • Gemini • Iron Dragon • Magnum XL-200 • Maverick • Millennium Force • Raptor • Rougarou • Steel Vengeance • Top Thrill Dragster • Valravn • Wicked Twister • Wilderness Run • Woodstock Express|
|Former||Broadway Trip • Cyclone • Dip the Dips Scenic Railway • Disaster Transport • High Frolics • Jumbo Jet • Leap the Dips • Loop the Loop • Mean Streak • Racer • Scamper • Super Coaster • Switchback Railway • Wild Mouse • Wild Cat • WildCat|
Note: This coaster is very old and many things are not confirmed. Also note that Wikipedia is not a reliable source.