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Golden Loop

Golden Loop

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roller coaster
Golden Loop
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Gold Reef City
Location Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Status Operating since 1989 or later
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Carowinds
Location Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Operated 1977 to October 16, 1988
Statistics
Manufacturer Schwarzkopf
Type Steel - Launched - Shuttle
Model / product Shuttle Loop (Weight Drop)
Riders per train 28
Propulsion Weight drop launch
Height137.8 feet
Top speed57 mph
Length863 feet
Track inversions1
Rider inversions2
Steepest drop70°
Duration0:30
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Golden Loop is a Schwarzkopf launched shuttle roller coaster located at Gold Reef City in Gauteng, South Africa.

The vertical loop features a triangular lattice of steel pipe.[1] The only other operating roller coasters that use this type of Schwarzkopf loop are Katapul at Hopi Hari in São Paulo, Brazil, Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California, USA, and SooperDooperLooper at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania, USA. Later Schwarzkopf loops feature a box frame construction for the track backbone.

White Lightnin'[edit | edit source]

White Lightnin' opened at Carowinds in 1977[2] and closed on October 16, 1988. It was relocated to its current location at Gold Reef City in 1989, and changed its name to Golden Loop.

Colour Schemes[edit | edit source]

The trains on Golden Loop are painted the colours of the South African flag. The track was originally painted blue, but is now yellow.

Design[edit | edit source]

Elements

Golden Loop launches out of the station straight into a vertical loop and up a 70 degree spike. The train falls back down backwards through the loop, past the station, and up a second spike. Finally, the ride falls back down and is stopped in the station.

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Tallest roller coaster
tied with
King Kobra
Tidal Wave

1977 - 1978
Preceded by
Giant Coaster
Tallest roller coaster
tied with
King Kobra
Tidal Wave

1977 - 1978
Succeeded by
Montezooma's Revenge