Bobsled roller coaster

Bobsled
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Description A roller coaster that runs without a fixed track. The train travels freely through a trough. Both wooden and steel bobsled coasters have been built.
First Flying Turns - 1930
Oldest in Operation Schweizer Bobbahn - 1985
Latest Flying Turns - 2013
Manufacturers Intamin - Mack Rides

Bobsled roller coasters do not have a fixed track. The train travels freely through a trough. Bobsled coasters do not reach high speeds, preventing the car from fly off the trough during turns. Thus, Bobsled coasters are relatively small.

BobsledCoasterExample.png The train configuration on a Bobsled coaster.

History[edit | edit source]

The first real bobsled roller coasters were built in the 1920s to 1940s and were made out of wood. These were known as Flying Turns coasters. None of these remain, with the last being Bobsled at Coney Island, demolished in 1974.

The first steel bobsled roller coasters opened in 1984 and were built by Intamin. The following year, Mack Rides introduced their bobsled model. Arrow Dynamics also offered a bobsled roller coaster called the Space-Chase[1] and a prototype was built, but none were sold. The idea continued to be popular into the 1990s, however no new steel bobsled roller coasters have opened since 2001.

Long after the last wooden bobsled coaster was demolished, Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, Pennsylvania, USA opened the first modern equivelant, Flying Turns. It was originally planned to open in 2007 but was delayed due to multiple issues. It finally opened in 2013.

Video Games[edit | edit source]

All three RollerCoaster Tycoon games and Thrillvile have Flying Turns and other Bobsled coasters available in-game.

A track style called bobsleds is available in NoLimits and its Sequel.

List of existing bobsled coasters[edit | edit source]

Name Amusement Park Location Manufacturer Opened Status
Alpine Bobsled Great Escape
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USA
Intamin 1998 Operating
Avalanche Kings Dominion
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USA
Mack Rides 1988 Operating
Avalanche Blackpool Pleasure Beach
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UK
Mack Rides 1988 Operating
Bobbahn Heide Park
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Germany
Mack Rides 1994 Operating
Flying Turns Knoebels
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USA
Built in-house 2013 Operating
La Vibora Six Flags Over Texas
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USA
Intamin 1986 Operating
Schweizer Bobbahn Europa Park
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Germany
Mack Rides 1985 Operating
Trace Du Hourra Parc Astérix
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France
Mack Rides 2001 Operating

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