T Express

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T Express
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Everland
Location Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Status Operating since March 14, 2008
Statistics
Manufacturer Intamin
Product Wooden Coaster (Prefabricated Track)
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Wooden
Riders per train 36
Propulsion Cable lift hill
Height 56 metres
Drop 46 metres
Top speed 104 km/h
Length 1641 metres
Inversions 0
Drop angle 77°
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T Express is a wooden roller coaster located in the European Adventure section of Everland in Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. It was the steepest wooden roller coaster when it opened in 2008, at 77 degrees, beating El Toro st Six Flags Great Adventure by one degree. Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City took that record in 2013. T Express is the first wooden roller coaster in South Korea, and the fourth prefabricated wooden roller coaster built by Intamin. It is also the first of its type in Asia and the first to use three trains.

The ride brought a large attendance increase to Everland, including 14% more college students and 73% more teenagers.

Design

Elements

Unlike "traditional" wooden roller coasters, T Express was prefabricated in a factory. Instead of trackers cutting, shaping and laying down the track, each piece of track was cut by using a laser. This means it was manufactured to a higher degree of precision than can be achieved by hand. The track snaps together easily and is made out of layers of wood that are tightly bonded together instead of nailed together by hand like a traditional wooden roller coaster. This makes the ride much smoother and speeds up construction (thus costing less as less man-hours are needed to construct the ride.

The ride features several high-speed turns and airtime hills. It also has a mid-course brake run.

Trains

3 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows, for a total of 36 riders per train.

Rankings

Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll
Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Ref.
Ranking 1 3 1* 2 2 2 [1]

*Tied with El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure

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Tallest wooden roller coaster
tied with
Wildfire

2014 - present
Preceded by
Colossos
Tallest wooden roller coaster
tied with
Wildfire

2014 - present
Succeeded by
None
Steepest wooden roller coaster
March 2008 - March 2013
Preceded by
El Toro
Steepest wooden roller coaster
March 2008 - March 2013
Succeeded by
Outlaw Run


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