Comet (Hersheypark)

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Comet
Comet 008.jpg
The Comet as seen from the since removed
Giant Wheel
Hersheypark
Park section The Hollow
Coordinates 40°17′11″N 76°39′20″W / 40.286413°N 76.655644°W / 40.286413; -76.655644Coordinates: 40°17′11″N 76°39′20″W / 40.286413°N 76.655644°W / 40.286413; -76.655644
Status Operating
Opening date 1946
General statistics
Type Wood
Manufacturer Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters
Designer Herbert Paul Schmeck
Track layout Double Out and Back
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 85 ft (26 m)
Drop 90 ft (27 m)
Length 3,360 ft (1,020 m)
Speed 50 mph (80 km/h)
Duration 1:45
Max vertical angle 45°
Capacity 950 riders per hour
Height restriction 42 in (107 cm)
Comet at RCDB
Pictures of Comet at RCDB

The Comet is a wooden roller coaster at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It is located in the Hollow section of Hersheypark, next to Skyrush. Built in 1946 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters (PTC) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the coaster features a double out and back track layout. When built it was jointly owned by Hershey Park and PTC.

History[edit]

  • In 1964, The Comet received 6,650 individual 10-watt chaser lights.[1]
  • In 1994, The Comet received 2 new trains. They are named "Mork's Comet" and "Hally's Comet".[2][not in citation given] One of the old trains is currently used as seating at the Hershey Museum, and the other was donated to ACE.[2][not in citation given]
  • In 2006, during the park's off-season, The Comet was re-tracked.[3]
  • In 2008, during the park's off-season, new seat belts were added.
  • In 2012, during the park's off-season, Comet was repainted the same color white, and the station was redone.
  • In 2014, during the park's off-season, the lift hill was rehabilitated and straightened removing the well known "kink" that was in the lift hill.

Ride experience[edit]

The Comet goes up an 97 foot lift, and then drops 96 feet at 47°. After the first drop the train goes up a hill and then makes a left 180 degree turn, drops back down another hill, goes up a small hill, and then up a larger hill, making another 180 degree turn. After the turn, there is another drop and then the track makes a right turn ("dog leg"), going through several bunny hills before another left 180 degree turn. Following the second set of bunny hills is a left turn, two bunny hills and the then the train slows into the station.

As is typical, the train usually sits for a few moments before coming around into the station because of an extra set of brakes that served as an unloading point until the Comet was renovated to how it is operated.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sweetness of Success, Charles J. Jacques, Jr., Amusement Park Journal, 1997
  2. ^ a b Hershey Community Archives
  3. ^ photos.tideblue.com