Wildcat (Lake Compounce)

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Wildcat
roller coaster
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Lake Compounce
Location Bristol, Connecticut, USA
Status Operating since 1927
Statistics
Manufacturer Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters
Type Wooden
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height85 feet
Drop78 feet
Top speed48 mph
Length2746 feet
Inversions0
Duration1:15
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Wildcat is the name of a wooden roller coaster located at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut, USA. It is one of the world's oldest operating roller coasters (in operation at the same location). It bears a striking resemblance to the now-defunct Wildcat roller coaster that used to reside at Elitch Gardens in Denver. Due to its historical significance, Wildcat is a recipient of the ACE Coaster Landmark Award.

History[edit | edit source]

Wildcat was built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and opened in 1927.[1]

In 1985, the park was acquired by Hershey Entertainment, owners of Hersheypark, who subsequently redeveloped the park. This included the complete reconstruction of the Wildcat.

In 2017, portions of the roller coaster were re-tracked and the control system was replaced. This work was carried out by Martin & Vleminckx. The trains were replaced with new rolling stock from Great Coasters International.[2]

Design[edit | edit source]

Trains[edit | edit source]

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.

The original trains had three three-bench cars.

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External links[edit | edit source]

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    Wildcat on the Roller Coaster DataBase.