Switchback (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)

Roller coaster in the United Kingdom
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Location Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Status Defunct
Operated 1891 to 1922
St. Chad's Drive
Location Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Operated 1887 to 1890
Manufacturer UK Switchback Railways
Type Wooden
Inversions 0

Switchback was a wooden roller coaster located at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK.


Switchback opened in 1891, before the Pleasure Beach. Owned by a family of gypsies, it was the first attraction of its type on the beach. As time went on, other operators came in with newer rides and competition grew fierce. Circa 1920, the gypsies left the area, abandoning the Switchback, so the Pleasure Beach commissioned John A. Miller to build what would become the Big Dipper on its spot.[1]


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