Loop-the-Loop (Coney Island)

Loop-the-Loop
Coney Island
Location Brooklyn, New York, USA
Status Defunct
Operated 1901 to 1910
Statistics
Manufacturer Edward Prescott
Type Steel
Inversions 1
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Loop-the-Loop was a steel roller coaster located at West 10th Street, Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, USA. It was operated independently, not within an amusement park.

History

When it opened, the ride showcased greatly improved engineering over the Flip Flap Railway. The track was made out of steel, the vertical loop was larger and, most importantly, it was an ellipse shape, which pulled relatively few g's and was therefore a lot safer.

Sadly, the public were more inclined to watch the ride than ride it, meaning a charge on admission to the viewing area was used. The ride was ultimately unsuccessful, closing in 1910.[1]

Design

Elements

During the loop, there were additional rails that went over the top of the wheels, preventing the car from falling from the track. It is a precursor to underfriction, using extra rails rather than extra track.

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