Switchback Railway (Cedar Point)

Switchback Railway
roller coaster
Cedar Point
Location Sandusky, Ohio, USA
Status Defunct
Operated 1892 to ?
Designer / calculations LaMarcus Adna Thompson
Type Wooden
Hourly capacity 1600
Propulsion Man powered
HeightApprox. 25-50 feet
DropApprox. 20 feet
Top speed6-10 mph
Length600 feet
Steepest drop30°
DurationAround 1 minute

Switchback Railway was a wooden roller coaster at Cedar Point, Ohio USA. It was the first roller coaster at the park and the first amusement park ride in the USA.

Design[edit | edit source]

Rider's climbed up a staircase to the station, where rider's pushed down in a tab-bogon like car*, and went through several airtime hills, before they reached the second tower, and were then turned around. (Thus the name, 'switchback') The Switchback Railway did not have a powered lift hill which meant that the cars had to be pushed back to the station by hand.

Sources[edit | edit source]

Cedar Point.com/Park History Wikipedia