T3

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T3
T3 entrance.jpg
Entrance to T3.
Kentucky Kingdom
Location Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Status Operating since April 8, 1995 (as T2)
July 3, 2015 (as T3)
Statistics
Manufacturer Vekoma
Onsite construction Martin & Vleminckx
Type Steel - Inverted
Product SLC (662m Prototype)
Hourly capacity 900
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 101.7 feet
Top speed 49.7 mph
Length 2171.9 feet
Inversions 5
Duration 1:36
Rolling stock
Manufacturer Vekoma (1995-2014)
KumbaK (2015-present)
Riders per train 14
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T3 (pronounced "T-three" or "Terror to the Third Power"); originally known as T2 ("Terror to the Second Power") is a steel inverted roller coaster located at Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Opened in 1995, the ride is the second of two prototype Suspended Looping Coasters built by Vekoma. It only has seven cars per train, as opposed to the usual ten found on other SLCs.

History

T2 in 2004

The ride originally opened as T2 on April 8, 1995 and was painted entirely red.[1] The color scheme was later changed to black sometime in 1999. The ride closed with the park in 2009.[2] Kentucky Kingdom reopened on May 24, 2014, but T2 remained closed. It was later announced that T2 would be overhauled and renamed T3 for the 2015 season. For its reopening, the color scheme was reverted back to the original all-red scheme.[3]

T3 reopened on July 3, 2015 after receiving new restraints and being renovated at a cost of $2 million.[4]

Design

Elements

See Suspended Looping Coaster.

Layout

After the train is locked and checked, it moves out of the station, towards the 101.7 foot chain lift hill. Then, when the train crests the lift hill, it makes a rightward U-turn drop. Next, the train makes a roll over. Then, it makes a slight turn to the left, before a sidewinder. After the sidewinder, the train makes a 270 degree helix to the right, before a double in-line twist. Then, the train makes a U-turn to the right, before a dip. Finally, the train hits the brake run, before the train makes a right turn to the transfer track. The ride ends when the train makes an another right turn to the station.

Trains

2 trains with 7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in a single row, for a total of 14 riders per train.

References

External links

  • T3 on the Roller Coaster DataBase.