Bobsled roller coaster

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Bobsled roller coaster
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Status

In Production: Mack Rides

Discontinued: Intamin, and John Norman Bartlett
First manufactured 1929
No. of installations 21
Manufacturers Intamin, John Norman Bartlett, and Mack Rides
Restraint Style Lap-bar
Bobsled roller coaster at RCDB

A bobsled roller coaster is the generic name given to any roller coaster that uses a track design that is essentially a "pipe" with the top half removed and has cars that are sent down this pipe in a freewheeling mode. The name derives from the great similarity to the track design used for the bobsleigh winter sport.

Most modern bobsled roller coasters are made of steel; however, the first bobsled coasters, known as Flying Turns, were made of wood. On Oct 4, 2013, after seven years of construction, Knoebels in Pennsylvania opened the world's only modern wooden flying turns coaster, Flying Turns. The ride was scheduled to open in 2007, but had been delayed due to dysfunctional wheels and other issues. As there were no historic plans available, the new coaster was designed entirely from scratch.

Both the bobsled coaster and the flying turns coaster are buildable in the RollerCoaster Tycoon and Thrillville series of video games.

Installations[edit]

As of 2012, 21 bobsled roller coasters have been built. The roller coasters are listed in order of opening dates.

Name Park Country Opened Closed Type Manufacturer Status
Flying Turns Lakeside Park  United States 1929 1930 - 1954* Wood John Norman Bartlett Closed [1]
Flying Turns Euclid Beach Park  United States 1930 September 28, 1969 Wood John Norman Bartlett Closed [2]
Flying Turns Rocky Point Park  United States 1931 1938 Wood John Norman Bartlett/Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters Closed [3]
Flying Turns Forest Park  United States 1934 July 19, 1963 Wood John Norman Bartlett Closed [4]
Flying Turns Steeplechase Park  United States 1934 September 14, 1939 Wood John Norman Bartlett Closed [5]
Flying Turns Riverview Park
Formerly Century of Progress
 United States 1935
May 27, 1933
1967
October 31, 1934
Wood John Norman Bartlett Closed [6][7]
Lake Placid Bobsled Palisades Amusement Park  United States 1937 1946 Wood John Norman Bartlett Closed [8]
Bobsled Coney Island
Formerly Flushing Meadows Park
 United States 1941
April 30, 1939
1974
October 27, 1940
Wood John Norman Bartlett Closed [9][10]
Screamin' Delta Demon Opryland USA  United States April 1984 October 31, 1997 Steel Intamin Closed [11]
Schweizer Bobbahn Europa Park  Germany 1985 N/A Steel Mack Rides Operating [12]
Disaster Transport Cedar Point  United States May 11, 1985 July 29, 2012 Steel Intamin Closed [13]
Bobbaan Efteling  Netherlands 1985 N/A Steel Intamin Operating [14]
La Vibora
Formerly Sarajevo Bobsled
Six Flags Over Texas
Six Flags Magic Mountain
 United States 1986
1984

1986
Steel Intamin Operating [15][16]
Avalanche Kings Dominion  United States 1988 N/A Steel Mack Rides Operating [17]
Avalanche Pleasure Beach Blackpool  England June 22, 1988 N/A Steel Mack Rides Operating [18]
Munich Autobahn Kobe Portopialand  Japan April 1991 March 31, 2006 Steel Mack Rides Closed [19]
Schweizer Bobbahn Heide Park  Germany 1994 N/A Steel Mack Rides Operating [20]
Alpine Bobsled
Formerly Rolling Thunder
Formerly Sarajevo Bobsled
Great Escape
Six Flags Great America
Six Flags Great Adventure
 United States 1998
1989
1984

1995
1988
Steel Intamin Operating [21][22][23]
Trace Du Hourra Parc Astérix  France March 31, 2001 N/A Steel Mack Rides Operating [24]
Flying Turns Knoebels  United States October 5, 2013 N/A Wood Knoebels Operating [25]
Unknown Parque Shanghai  Brazil N/A N/A Wood N/A Closed [26]
  • * Denotes that exact closing date is not known.
  • † The Screamin' Delta Demon was transported to Old Indiana Fun Park following Opryland's closure in 1998, but was never reassembled and eventually scrapped.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marden, Duane. "Flying Turns  (Lakeside Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ Marden, Duane. "Flying Turns  (Euclid Beach Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ Marden, Duane. "Flying Turns  (Rocky Point Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ Marden, Duane. "Flying Turns  (Forest Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ Marden, Duane. "Flying Turns  (Steeplechase Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ Marden, Duane. "Flying Turns  (Century of Progress)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ Marden, Duane. "Flying Turns  (Riverview Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  8. ^ Marden, Duane. "Lake Placid Bobsled  (Palisades Amusement Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ Marden, Duane. "Bobsled  (Flushing Meadows Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  10. ^ Marden, Duane. "Bobsled  (Coney Island)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  11. ^ Marden, Duane. "Screamin' Delta Demon  (Opryland USA)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  12. ^ Marden, Duane. "Schweizer Bobbahn  (Europa Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 
  13. ^ Marden, Duane. "Disaster Transport  (Cedar Point)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  14. ^ Marden, Duane. "Bobbaan  (Efteling)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  15. ^ Marden, Duane. "Sarajevo Bobsled  (Six Flags Magic Mountain)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  16. ^ Marden, Duane. "La Vibora  (Six Flags Over Texas)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  17. ^ Marden, Duane. "Avalanche  (Kings Dominion)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  18. ^ Marden, Duane. "Avalanche  (Pleasure Beach Blackpool)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  19. ^ Marden, Duane. "Munich Autobahn  (Kobe Portopialand)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  20. ^ Marden, Duane. "Schweizer Bobbahn  (Heide Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  21. ^ Marden, Duane. "Sarajevo Bobsled  (Six Flags Great Adventure)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  22. ^ Marden, Duane. "Rolling Thunder  (Six Flags Great America)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  23. ^ Marden, Duane. "Alpine Bobsled  (Great Escape)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  24. ^ Marden, Duane. "Trace Du Hourra  (Parc Asterix)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  25. ^ Marden, Duane. "Flying Turns  (Knoebels)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  26. ^ Marden, Duane. "Unknown  (Parque Shanghai)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  27. ^ Marden, Duane. "Screamin' Delta Demon  (Old Indiana)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Bobsled roller coasters at Wikimedia Commons