Timber Wolf

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Timber Wolf
Timber Wolf and Mamba at Worlds of Fun.jpg
An overview of Timber Wolf taken from Mamba.
Worlds of Fun
Location Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Status Operating since April 1, 1989
Replaced Extremeroller
Statistics
Builder Dinn Corporation
Designer / calculations Curtis D. Summers
Type Wooden
Hourly capacity 904
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 100 feet
Drop 95 feet
Top speed 53 mph
Inversions 0
Duration 2:13
G-Force 2.8
Rolling stock
Manufacturer Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters
Riders per train 24
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Timber Wolf is a wooden roller coaster located at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. It was designed by Curtis D. Summers and built by Dinn Corporation.

History

The ride opened on April 1, 1989.[1]

Prior to the 2007 season, extensive wood work was carried out on Timber Wolf to make the ride smoother.[2] On January 4, 2018, Worlds of Fun announced that they would be retracking the ride and adding a 70 degree banked turn at the end, replacing the helix. The work was carried out by Great Coasters International.[3]

Design

Elements

Inside the ride's station, there is a chicken exit for riders who chicken out in line. It is marked by the sign once used by Orient Express, which was demolished in 2003.

Trains

2 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 24 riders per train. The trains were built by Philadelphia Toboggan Company.

Incidents

  • On March 31, 1990, 35 people suffered minor injuries when a train collided with a stationary train in front, prior to entering the station.[4] It was found that the control system was unable to handle two trains at the same time. Timber Wolf reopened with a single train in late April while the control system was modified.[5]
  • On June 30, 1995, a 14-year-old girl fell roughly 25 feet to her death from the Timber Wolf. While her friend riding next to her claims the lap-bar and seat belt both came undone, the park contested this, stating that the all restrains on the train were in place before and after the ride cycle.[6] Two witnesses sitting two rows behind claimed the girl was standing up prior to the incident.[7] In 1998, the mother of the girl reached a $200,000 settlement with Philadelphia Toboggan Company, manufacturer of the train, and Hunt Midwest Entertainment, the former owner of the park.[8]

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