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Black Diamond

Roller coaster in the United States
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Black Diamond
Knoebels Amusement Resort
Location Elysburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Coordinates 40°52′47″N 76°30′24″W / 40.879703°N 76.506613°W / 40.879703; -76.506613
Status Operating since October 8, 2011
Cost $2.25 million
Rider height 42 inch minimum
Dinosaur Beach
Location Wildwood, New Jersey, USA
Operated 1960 to 1998
Builder Philadelphia Toboggan Company
Designer / calculations John C. Allen
Type Steel - Hybrid - Enclosed - Dark ride
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 35 feet
Top speed 12 mph
Inversions 0
Duration 3:50
Rolling stock
Manufacturer Philadelphia Toboggan Company (1960-2009)
Built in-house (2011-Present)

Black Diamond is an enclosed steel mine train roller coaster and dark ride at Knoebels Amusement Park. The ride is 35 feet tall. It was originally known as Golden Nugget at Dinosaur Beach.

It is the only steel roller coaster built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, who is more well known for building wooden roller coasters and trains.[1]


The roller coaster opened in 1960 as Golden Nugget on what was at the time Hunt's Pier in Wildwood, New Jersey. The pier was purchased by Morey's Piers in 1998, who closed it to the public. It was subsequently used for storage and maintenance purposes, and the Golden Nugget remained standing but not operating. Morey's Piers had planned to refurbish the ride, but in 2009, they announced that it would be dismantled as upgrading it to meet local regulations would have been too expensive. The ride hardware was acquired by Knoebels Amusement Resort in Pennsylvania.[2]



2 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 8 riders per train. The original trains were built by PTC, but were replaced with replicas built in-house when the ride was relocated to Knoebels.[3]



  1. "Fans of 'dark rides' anticipate the relocation, reincarnation of the Golden Nugget at Knoebels Amusement Resort". Penn Live.
  2. "Goodbye Golden Nugget". Park World Online.
  3. "Black Diamond on Ultimate Rollercoaster". Ultimate Rollercoaster.

External links

Articles on Knoebels Amusement Park