Switchback Railway (Cedar Point)

Roller coaster
Switchback Railway
Cedar Point
Location Sandusky, Ohio, USA
Status Defunct
Operated 1892 to ?
Designer / calculations LaMarcus Adna Thompson
Type Wooden
Hourly capacity 1600
Propulsion Man powered
Height Approx. 25-50 feet
Drop Approx. 20 feet
Top speed 6-10 mph
Length 600 feet
Inversions 0
Drop angle 30°
Duration Around 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.


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.


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