Oldest roller coasters in operation

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The oldest roller coaster in operation is Leap-the-Dips at Lakemont Park. The oldest roller coaster which has operated continuously since its opening is Scenic Railway at Luna Park Melbourne.

Wood[edit | edit source]

Rank Opened Name Amusement Park Location Designer/Builder
1st 1902 Leap-the-Dips Lakemont Park
Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA
Edward Joy Morris
2nd 1912 Scenic Railway Luna Park Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Unknown
3rd 1914 Rutschebanen Tivoli Gardens
Copenhagen, Sjælland, Denmark
LaMarcus A. Thompson
4th 1917 Giant Coaster[nb 1] Paragon Park
Hull, Massachusetts, USA
John A. Miller
5th 1920 Jack Rabbit Kennywood
West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA
Charlie Mach, John A. Miller
Jack Rabbit Seabreeze Amusement Park
Rochester, New York, USA
Harry C. Baker, John A. Miller
Scenic Railway Dreamland Margate
Margate, Kent, England, UK
Unknown
6th 1921 Roller Coaster Lagoon
Farmington, Utah, USA
John A. Miller
7th 1922 Hullámvasút Holnemvolt Park
Budapest, Pest, Hungary
Irvine Dragon
8th 1923 Big Dipper Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
William Strickler, John A. Miller
9th 1924 Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz, California, USA
Frank Prior, Frederick Church, Arthur Looff
Thunderbolt Kennywood
West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA
Andy Vettel
Thunderhawk Dorney Park
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc., Herbert Paul Schmeck
10th 1925 Giant Dipper Belmont Park
San Diego, California, USA
Frank Prior, Frederick Church
11th 1927 Cyclone Luna Park
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Harry C. Baker, Vernon Keenan
Racer Kennywood
West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA
Charlie Mach, John A. Miller
Wildcat Lake Compounce
Bristol, Connecticut, USA
Charlie Dinn, Curtis D. Summers, Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc., Herbert Paul Schmeck
12th 1929 Dragon Coaster Playland Park
Rye, New York, USA
Frederick Church

Steel[edit | edit source]

Rank Opened Name Amusement Park Location Designer/Builder
1st 1928 Montaña Suiza[nb 2] Parque de Atracciones Monte Igueldo
San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain
Erich Heidrich
2nd 1930 Rodelbaan Waarbeek
Hengelo, Overijssel, Netherlands
In-House
3rd 1950 Little Dipper Conneaut Lake Park
Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, USA
Allan Herschell Company
4th 1952 Little Dipper Memphis Kiddie Park
Brooklyn, Ohio, USA
Allan Herschell Company
Little Dipper Quassy Amusement Park
Middlebury, Connecticut, USA
Allan Herschell Comapny
5th 1953 Roller Coaster Hanayashiki Amusement Park
Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Japan
TOGO
6th 1955 Wild Chipmunk Lakeside Amusement Park
Denver, Colorado, USA
Miller Manufacturing
7th 1956-1957 Little Dipper Midway Park
Bemus Point, New York, USA
Allan Herschell Company
8th 1957 Jet Coaster Misaki Park
Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Meiwa

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Wild One originally operated as Giant Coaster at Paragon Park in Massachusetts, USA. It was moved to Six Flags America in 1986 and was restored to its original condition.
  2. It has been said that this roller coaster opened with wooden track that was later converted to steel.