Cyclone (Luna Park)

Roller coaster in the United States
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Coney Island Cyclone
Luna Park
Location Brooklyn, New York, USA
Coordinates 40°34′30″N 73°58′40″W / 40.575037°N 73.977663°W / 40.575037; -73.977663
Status Operating since June 26, 1927
Cost $175,000 USD
Rider height 54 inch minimum
Statistics
Builder Harry C. Baker
Designer / calculations Vernon Keenan
Type Wooden - Hybrid
Track layout Cyclone
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 85 feet
Top speed 60 mph
Length 2850.3 feet
Inversions 0
Drop angle 58.6°
Duration 1:50
G-Force 3.75
HELP

Cyclone is a wooden roller coaster located at Luna Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York.

History

In spring of 1972, It was announced that the Cyclone would have been removed to make way for expansion of the Aquarium, the expansion could have opened between 1973 to 1979, But due to the Save The Cyclone campaign, It was cancelled and reopened this coaster following July 3, 1975.

The ride was declared a city landmark in 1988, and a national landmark in 1991. The Brooklyn Cyclones baseball team is named after the Cyclone.[1]

The ride underwent refurbishment work by Great Coasters International and Skyline Attractions in the late 2010s.[2]

Design

The Cyclone does not use a ride computer. Braking ability is provided by manually operated skid brakes. The ride mechanics are mostly unchanged from the ride's opening.

Trains

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. The ride is only designed to run one train at a time.

Incidents

  • On May 26, 1985, a 29-year-old male stood up and was killed after striking his head on a part of the structure.[3]
  • On August 23, 1988, a maintenance worker was killed after assuming an unauthorized riding position and being ejected from the car. He fell 30 feet onto another section of track.[4]
  • On July 31, 2007, a 53-year-old man suffered several crushed vertebrae in his neck while on the ride. He died to to complications in surgery 4 days later.[5]
  • A woman claimed to be seriously injured after riding the Cyclone in 2008. Despite being partially at fault for the incident, she was awarded 1.5 million dollars in damages.[6]

References

  1. "Plus: Baseball; Affiliate Named Brooklyn Cyclones". The New York Times.
  2. "Cyclone Modifications". Skyline Attractions. Retrieved 2022-10-03.
  3. Phalen, William J. (2016-07-19). Coney Island: 150 Years of Rides, Fires, Floods, the Rich, the Poor and Finally Robert Moses (in English). McFarland. ISBN 978-1-4766-2373-3.
  4. "Park Employee Dies in Roller-Coaster Fall". The New York Times (in English). 1988-08-24. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2024-07-09.
  5. "Family of Cyclone accident victim is suing New York City". New York Daily News (in English). 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2024-07-09.
  6. Marzulli, John (2015-03-30). "EXCLUSIVE: Woman awarded $1.5 million over claim she was seriously injured riding Cyclone roller coaster in Coney Island". New York Daily News (in English). Retrieved 2024-07-09.

External links

  • Cyclone on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
Fastest roller coaster
June 1927 – April 1976
Preceded by
Giant Dipper
Fastest roller coaster
June 1927 – April 1976
Succeeded by
Screamin' Eagle
Steepest roller coaster
June 1927 – 1935
Preceded by
Unknown
Steepest roller coaster
June 1927 – 1935
Succeeded by
Classic Coaster