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|The train finishing the corkscrew section|
|Product||Custom Looping Coaster|
|Designer / calculations||Ron Toomer|
|Riders per train||24|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
|Top speed||48 mph|
Corkscrew is a steel roller coaster located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, USA. When built in 1976, it was the first roller coaster in the world with three inversions. The ride was built by Arrow Dynamics and opened six days after Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain. It cost $1,750,000 to build.
3 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 24 riders per train. The three trains are painted red with white stripes, blue with white stripes, and white with blue stripes. They are designed like this because they debuted in 1976, the U.S. Bicentennial, a series of observances and celebrations during the 1970s that paid tribute to historical events that lead up to the U.S. becoming an independent republic.
Almost daily, a train is transferred off the track, once ridership reaches a point that permits two-train operation with little or no waiting in line. A different train is cycled off each day this happens.
When the pneumatic station brakes are released, the train rolls out of the station due to a slight decline in the station and down a small drop. The train the goes round a declining 180 degree curve until reaching the lift hill. A lift chain pulls the train up the lift hill. Then, riders drop 65 feet, reaching the maximum speed of 48 mph. After this, riders traverse an airtime hill and then a vertical loop. It then coasts up a slight incline and curves around a 180 degree slight decline into the double corkscrew element, across the midway path. After this, Corkscrew goes through trim and block brakes and back to the station.
Corkscrew was the first roller coaster with three inversions when it opened on May 15, 1976, overtaking Corkscrew at Knott's Berry Farm (now located at Silverwood Theme Park). It lost this record in March 1980 when The Demon at Six Flags Great America was refurbished to feature four inversions. It was also the second modern roller coaster with a vertical loop, opening six days after Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Also, Corkscrew was the first roller coaster to feature a corkscrew located above the midway, and the first inverting coaster ever at Cedar Point.
Corkscrew has given over 30 million rides since opening in May 1976.
- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
|Most inversions on a roller coaster (3)|
May 1976 - 1980
|Most inversions on a roller coaster (3)
May 1976 - 1980