Golden Loop

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Golden Loop
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Gold Reef City
Location Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Status Operating since 1989
Carowinds
Location Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Operated 1977 to October 16, 1988
Statistics
Manufacturer Schwarzkopf
Type Steel - Launched - Shuttle
Product Shuttle Loop (Weight Drop)
Riders per train 28
Propulsion Weight drop launch
Height 137.8 feet
Top speed 57 mph
Length 863 feet
Track inversions 1
Rider inversions 2
Drop angle 70°
Duration 0:30
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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.

History

White Lightnin' opened at Carowinds in 1977[2] and closed on October 16, 1988. The park cited high maintenance costs and decreasing ridership as the reasons for closure.[3] 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.

Design

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.

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

Color scheme

Carowinds

White track and supports.

Gold Reef City

Yellow track and supports, used to be aqua track and supports.

Trains

Single train with 7 cars. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 28 riders per train. Riders are secured by lap-bars.

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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