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Steel Curtain

Steel Curtain

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roller coaster
Steel Curtain
Location West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA
Park section Steeler's Country
Status Under construction, planned to open 2019
Replaced Log Jammer
Manufacturer S&S Sansei Technologies
Designer / calculations Joe Draves
Type Steel
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height220 feet
Drop197 feet
Top speed75 mph
Length4000 feet

Steel Curtain is a steel roller coaster currently under construction at Kennywood in Pennsylvania. The ride is being manufactured by S&S Sansei Technologies and will open in 2019. It is part of Steeler's Country, a new themed area based on the Pittsburgh Steelers American football team.

History[edit | edit source]

In 2017, the park announced that Log Jammer, a log flume attraction, would be removed after the 2017 season. Its last day of operation was September 17. While a replacement had not yet been revealed, the park announced that "exciting new developments" were planned.[1]

On June 7, 2018 Kennywood revealed that they had broken ground on Project 412 (The phone number area code for Pittsburgh), a new attraction opening in 2019. The park published a "scratch-card" on social media, promising to reveal nine numbers relating to the new attraction.[2] On July 4, following the reveal of the last number, Kennywood published a word search challenging viewers to find nine words and match one to each number. Twelve people who match each word correctly will be offered one of the first rides on the new attraction.[3]

On July 19, 2018, Kennywood officially announced Steel Curtain. Facts that were revealed about the ride include that it would be manufactured by S&S, that it would be 220 feet tall, that it would feature the world's tallest inversion at 197 feet, that it would feature 9 inversions (the most in North America) and that the ride would be themed to the Pittsburgh Steelers, a local football team.

In November 2018, vertical construction began on the coaster.

Design[edit | edit source]


Steel Curtain will be manufactured by S&S and will break three records. One of these will be the record for the world's tallest inversion at 197 feet. Another will be the record for the most inversions in North America, at 9. The final record will be the tallest coaster in Pennsylvania at 220 feet. Steel Curtain will begin with a chain lift hill, which leads directly into the first inversion. The ride will also feature a unique structure featuring an airtime hill with a zero-g stall going directly underneath it.

Trains[edit | edit source]

2 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train. Riders are held in by lap-bars.

A car from Steel Curtain was unveiled at IAAPA 2018.[4]

Theme[edit | edit source]

Steel Curtain will be themed to the Pittsburgh Steelers, a local NFL team, and will be part of Steelers Country, a new 3 acre area of Kennywood based on the team. "Steel Curtain" was the nickname given to the Steelers' defensive line during the 1970s, when the team won the Super Bowl four times in six years.

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