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Thunderbolt (Kennywood)

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Thunderbolt
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Kennywood
Location West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA
Status Operating since 1924
Statistics
Builder Any Vettel
Designer / calculations John A. Miller
Type Wooden - Terrain
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height70 feet
Drop95 feet
Top speed55 mph
Length2,887 feet
Inversions0
Duration1:41
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Thunderbolt is a wooden roller coaster located at Kennywood in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA. The ride was originally built by John A. Miller in 1924 and was named "Pippin" until 1967, when it changed to "Thunderbolt" beginning with the 1968 season, coinciding with an expansion of the track headed up by Andy Vettel. The four drops down a ravine were incorporated in the Andy Vettel-designed Thunderbolt coaster. Thunderbolt was rated the #1 roller coaster by the New York Times in 1974, and it still is the most popular ride at Kennywood. The Thunderbolt still uses the 1958 Pippin trains manufactured by the National Amusement Device Company, known as "Century Flyers."

For the 2014 season, Thunderbolt received new front panels on its trains.