Jack Rabbit (Kennywood)

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Jack Rabbit
roller coaster
Location West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA
Status Operating since 1920
Cost $50,000 USD
Builder Charlie Mach
Designer / calculations John A. Miller
Type Wooden - Terrain
Riders per train 18
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height40 feet
Drop70 feet
Top speed45 mph
Length2132 feet
Steepest drop45°

Jack Rabbit is a wooden terrain roller coaster located at Kennywood, in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA. The ride was designed and built by John Miller in 1920.

History[edit | edit source]

Designed by John A. Miller and built by Charlie Mach in 1920, Jack Rabbit is the joint-5th oldest operating roller coaster in the world. A popular early feature of the ride was a tunnel which covered the turnaround section after the first drop, but this was removed in 1947 when the new trains were ordered.

In 1991, the tunnel was restored, however it is a bit shorter than it had been.

The ride was built shortly after Miller patented a new track design in 1920 (which all wooden coasters built since have used). This design involved the use of wheels both under and over the track, which allowed Miller to create the then enormous 70 foot drop that is the attraction's largest.

Design[edit | edit source]

The ride features the world's only double dip, which is essentially a drop, then a small flat, leading to another drop. According to Rick Sebak, producer of Pittsburgh history programs for WQED, the attraction was designed so that each train's last seat would provide the strongest airtime, and therefore the most desired ride.

Trains[edit | edit source]

3 trains with 3 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 18 riders per train.

The current trains were manufactured by Edward Vettel, Sr. in 1951. These aging trains are considered an essential part of the nostalgic experience the ride has, but also lead to the need of the 36 inch height restriction, as only a small lapbar is used to restrain the riders.

Popularity[edit | edit source]

Jack Rabbit is most well known and popular among enthusiasts for its double dip following the lift hill. The double dip produces strong airtime that makes the rider feel lifted from their seat (they are perfectly safe), and a feeling that the train leaves the track. It is considered an ACE Coaster Classic.

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Tallest roller coaster drop
Preceded by
Big Dipper (Roton Point)
Tallest roller coaster drop
Succeeded by
Coaster Dips

Bobs (Riverview Park)