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|Product||Shuttle Loop (Weight Drop)|
|Type||Steel - Launched - Shuttle|
|Riders per train||28|
|Propulsion||Weight drop launch|
|Top speed||57 mph|
The vertical loop features a triangular lattice of steel pipe. 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 Valencia, California, USA, and SooperDooperLooper at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA. Later Schwarzkopf loops feature a box frame construction for the track backbone.
White Lightnin' opened at Carowinds on 14 May 1977. It closed on 16 October 1988. The park cited high maintenance costs and decreasing ridership as the reasons for closure. The land was used for the park's new water park. It was relocated to its current location at Gold Reef City, where it opened in 1989 as Golden Loop.
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.
The trains on Golden Loop are painted the colours of the South African flag. The track was originally painted aqua but is now yellow.
Gold Reef City
- "1977 Park Brochure - Shane's Amusement Attic". https://www.themeparkreview.com/parks/p_224_4739_carowinds_1977_park_brochure_-_shanes_amusement_attic.
- "The Last Scream: Carowinds Will Retire White Lightnin'", The Charlotte Observer (September 20, 1988), pp. 9. Retrieved on January 3, 2021.
- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
|Tallest roller coaster|
1977 - 1978
|Tallest roller coaster
1977 - 1978
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