Blue Streak (Conneaut Lake)

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Blue Streak
Blue Streak (Conneaut Lake).jpg
The ride at the top of the drop.
Conneaut Lake Park
Coordinates 41°38′06″N 80°19′05″W / 41.6349°N 80.3180°W / 41.6349; -80.3180Coordinates: 41°38′06″N 80°19′05″W / 41.6349°N 80.3180°W / 41.6349; -80.3180
Status Operating
Opening date May 23, 1937
General statistics
Type Wood
Designer Ed Vettel
Model Out and Back roller coaster
Height 87 ft (27 m)
Drop 79 ft (24 m)
Length 2,900 ft (880 m)
Speed 51 mph (82 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:32
Capacity 1600 riders per hour
Blue Streak at RCDB
Pictures of Blue Streak at RCDB

Blue Streak is a wooden roller coaster built in 1937 at Conneaut Lake Park in Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania. It is the only wooden coaster operating in the park. Blue Streak follows the out and back design. It is the 17th oldest wooden roller coaster in the United States, and it is one of two shallow coasters designed by Ed Vettel and still operating. The second is The Cyclone at Lakeside Amusement Park in Denver, Colorado. This Blue Streak coaster however does not have a Sky Blue color on the coaster like the 1964 built Blue Streak at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio does. Their Blue Streak Coaster was named after the local high school's sports teams, the Sandusky Blue Streaks.[1] This Blue Streak at Conneaut Lake Park first opened in 1938.

History[edit]

The Blue Streak underwent major renovations in 1997, and in 2002 its original 1937 trains were brought back to replace the silver trains used since the 1960s. As of the park opening in 2011, the Vettel trains are no longer used pending repairs and restraint updates. The Park is currently running one of two sets of their National Amusement Devices trains.

The Blue Streak has been opened and closed many times. The dates are as follows,[2]

  • Originally opened ~1938
  • Closed ~1995-1996
  • Re-Opened ~May 17, 1997
  • Closed ~2007-September 1, 2010
  • Re-Opened ~September 2, 2010

On June 24, 2010, the American Coaster Enthusiasts donated a plaque that declared the Blue Streak a Coaster Classic and a Coaster Landmark.[3][4]

Awards[edit]

Golden Ticket Awards: Top wood Roller Coasters
Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Ranking 25[5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] 46[18] 44[19] 33[20] 30[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blue Streak – Point Place". Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.rcdb.com/249.htm
  3. ^ ACE Coaster Classic Awards
  4. ^ ACE Coaster Landmark Awards
  5. ^ "Top 25 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 6B. August 1998. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Top 25 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 6B. August 1999. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Top 25 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. August 2000. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Top 25 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 6B. August 2001. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Top 25 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 6B. September 2002. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 10–11B. September 2003. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 14–15B. September 2004. Archived from the original on April 3, 2007. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 22–23B. September 2005. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 30–31B. September 2006. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 11 (6.2): 42–43. September 2007. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 12 (6.2): 42–43. September 2008. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 13 (6.2): 38–39. September 2009. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 14 (6.2): 38–39. September 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 15 (6.2): 46–47. September 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 16 (6.2): 46–47. September 2012. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  20. ^ "2013 Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 17 (6.2): 40–41. September 2013. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  21. ^ "2014 Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 18 (6.2): 38–39. September 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 

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