Canobie Corkscrew

Roller coaster in the United States
Watch the on-ride POV
Canobie Corkscrew
The train travelling through the double corkscrew element
Canobie Lake Park
Location Salem, New Hampshire, USA
Status Defunct
Operated 1987 to 2021
Alabama State Fairgrounds
Location Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Operated 1982 to 1986
Old Chicago
Name Chicago Loop
Location Bolingbrook, Illinois, USA
Operated 1975 to 1980
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Product Corkscrew
Type Steel
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 73 feet
Length 1250 feet
Inversions 2
Duration 1:30

Canobie Corkscrew was a steel roller coaster located at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire, USA. It opened at its current location in 1987.


The roller coaster first opened in 1975 as Chicago Loop with the indoor shopping center and amusement park Old Chicago in Illinois.[1] The coaster operated for five years until 1980. The coaster then moved to Alabama State Fairgrounds in Alabama from 1982 to 1986.

For the 1987 season, the coaster was relocated to Canobie Lake Park in New Hampshire.

For over two decades, Canobie Corkscrew was the only ride in the park to invert riders until Untamed, a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter, opened in 2011.

In 2012, Canobie Corkscrew underwent a repainting in which the track was painted sky blue and the supports painted silver. The red trains were painted blue.

In 2021, Canobie Lake Park announced that the closure of Canobie Corkscrew would be permanent.[2] The replacement is not yet known. The track and supports from the corkscrew section were donated to the National Roller Coaster Museum.[3]



Riders made a right out of the station and began ascending the 73 foot chain lift hill. A banked turn lead to the right, and then a single drop, followed by a 180 degree banked turn, which lead into the double corkscrew element and then a turn back into the station.

Color scheme

Canobie Lake Park

A sky blue track and silver supports, used to be a yellow track and black supports.

Old Chicago & Alabama State Fairgrounds

A white track and supports, the coaster also used this color scheme when at Alabama State Fairgrounds.


6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 24 riders per train.



  1. "Chicago Loop". Chicago Tribune. 17 August 17, 1975. p. 140. Retrieved November 13, 2020. {{cite news}}: Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. "Canobie Lake Park verwijdert looping coaster Canobie Corkscrew".
  3. "Iconic Canobie Lake Corkscrew spins to museum". National Roller Coaster Museum. 2022-09-21. Retrieved 2022-10-07.

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