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T3
T3 entrance.jpg
Entrance to T3.
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Kentucky Kingdom
Location Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Status Operating since 1995 (as T2)

July 3, 2015 (as T3)

Statistics
Manufacturer Vekoma
Type Steel - Inverted
Model / product SLC (662m Prototype)
Riders per train 14
Hourly capacity 900
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height101.7 feet
Top speed49.7 mph
Length2,171.9 feet
Inversions5
Duration1:36
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T3 (pronounced "T-three" or "Terror to the Third Power"); originally known as T2 ("Terror to the Second Power") is a steel inverted roller coaster located at Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. The ride is the second of two prototype Suspended Looping Coasters built by Vekoma. It only has seven cars per train, as opposed to the usual ten found on other SLCs.

History[edit]

The ride opened in 1995 and was painted entirely red. The color scheme was later changed to black. The ride closed with the park in 2009. Kentucky Kingdom reopened on May 24, 2014 but T2 remained closed. It was later announced that T2 would be overhauled and renamed T3 for the 2015 season. For its reopening, the color scheme was reverted to the original all-red scheme.[1]

T3 reopened on July 3, 2015 after receiving new restraints and being renovated at a cost of $2 million.[2]

Design[edit]

Elements

See Suspended Looping Coaster.

Layout[edit]

After the train is locked and checked, it moves out of the station, towards the 101.7 foot lift hill. Then, when the train crests the lift hill, it makes a rightward U-turn drop. Next, the train makes a Roll Over. Then, it makes a slight turn to the left, before a Sidewinder. After the Sidewinder, the train makes a 270 degree helix to the right, before a double In-Line Twist. Then, the train makes a U-turn to the right, before a dip. Finally, the train hits the brake run, before the train makes a right turn to the transfer track. The ride ends, when the train makes an another right turn to the station.

Trains[edit]

2 trains with 7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 14 riders per train.

References[edit]

  1. Kentucky Kingdom Preparing for 2015 - Coaster101
  2. Gut-wrenching Kentucky Kingdom coaster opens - The Courier-Journal