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|Designer / calculations||John A. Miller|
|Track layout||Out and Back|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
|Manufacturer||Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters|
|Riders per train||24|
Big Dipper is a wooden out and back roller coaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in Blackpool, England, UK.
The ride was first built in 1923 by John A. Miller but was extended in 1936 by Charlie Paige and Joe Emberton; adding arches over the south entrance of the park and additional drops.
On 25 June 1975, a fire started in the engine room which destroyed the room and a nearby amusement arcade. This was the second time the Big Dipper had been on fire, the first was in 1952.
In 1994, teacher Richard Rodriguez rode the Big Dipper for 529 hours. He later exceeded his own record, starting from June 18, 1998 he spent over 700 hours riding the Big Dipper while raising money for diabetes research as Rodriguez is a diabetic himself. Rodriguez has been riding the Big Dipper since as early as 1979, when he spent 12 hours riding it non-stop.
To raise money for Give Kids The World, Rodriguez beat his own record, spending 2,000 hours riding the Big Dipper in 2000. During these record attempts Rodriguez was allowed only five minutes break for every hour riding the roller coaster and thus he ate and slept while riding.
The ride was added to the National Heritage list on the 19th of April 2017 as a Grade II listed building.
Unpainted track and white supports.
2 trains with 3 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 4 rows, for a total of 24 riders per train.
- ↑ "Blackpool: New Features", The Guardian.
- ↑ "Dipper damaged by fire", The Guardian.
- ↑ Rollercoaster record hits new heights - BBC News
- ↑ "Photograph", The Morning News.
- ↑ Record-breaking teacher on a roll - BBC News
- ↑ "The Big Dipper". Historic England. 19th April 2017. https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1436080. Retrieved 26th August 2022.
- Big Dipper on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
- A photograph of the Big Dipper in its original form