Thunder Road

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Thunder Road
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Thunder Road in 2005
Location Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Status Defunct
Operated April 3, 1976 to July 26, 2015
Builder Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc.
Designer / calculations Curtis D. Summers
Type Wooden - Twin - Out and Back
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 93 feet
Top speed 58 mph
Length 3819 feet
Inversions 0
Duration 2:10
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Thunder Road was a Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters wooden roller coaster located at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina. The ride was a twin roller coaster, featuring two individual tracks that ran parallel each other. The design of the ride was based upon Rebel Yell, another wooden racing coaster at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia, USA.

The coaster was built across the Carolinas state line. The coaster begins in South Carolina and then crosses into North Carolina.

Thunder Road closed on July 26, 2015 and was replaced by the Carolina Harbor waterpark expansion.


On April 5, 1999, a sensor failure caused a collision between a train and an empty train in the station. Sixteen riders were on-board, seven of whom were injured. The roller coaster reopened on April 9 following a replacement of all sensors.[1][2]


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