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Thunderbolt Express

Thunderbolt Express

roller coaster
Thunderbolt Express
Camden Park
Location Huntington, West Virginia, USA
Status Defunct
Operated 1977 to 1999
Kings Island
Location Mason, Ohio, USA
Operated April 16, 1977 to 1987
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Type Steel - Launched - Shuttle
Model / product Launched Loop
Riders per train 20
Height56 feet
Drop47 feet
Top speed45 mph
Length635 feet
Inversions1 (Riders experience 2)

Thunderbolt Express is a steel launched shuttle roller coaster that was located at Kings Island in Ohio and then Camden Park in West Virginia, USA.

History[edit | edit source]

The ride first opened as the Screamin' Demon at Kings Island in Kings Mills, Ohio, USA. Although not the first built, it was the first Arrow Dynamics Launched Loop to open to the public. It was later renamed Demon. At the end of the 1987 season, it was sold to Camden Park, where it operated from 1988 to 1999 as the Thunderbolt Express. After standing but not operating, the ride was taken down in November 2004.

Design[edit | edit source]

The ride had a single vertical loop located between two elevated platforms. Riders were launched forwards, through the loop and into the second platform. The train was then launched backwards, through the loop and back to the station.

Trains[edit | edit source]

Single train with 5 cars. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.