Screamin' Eagle

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Screamin’ Eagle
Screamin Eagle, Six Flags St. Louis.jpg
Six Flags St. Louis
Coordinates 38°30′59″N 90°40′34″W / 38.51639°N 90.67611°W / 38.51639; -90.67611Coordinates: 38°30′59″N 90°40′34″W / 38.51639°N 90.67611°W / 38.51639; -90.67611
Status Operating
Opening date 1976
General statistics
Type Wood
Manufacturer Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters
Designer John C. Allen
Height 110 ft (34 m)
Drop 92 ft (28 m)
Length 3,872 ft (1,180 m)
Speed 62 mph (100 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 2:30
Height restriction 42 in (107 cm)
Trains 2 trains with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.
Screamin’ Eagle at RCDB
Pictures of Screamin’ Eagle at RCDB

The Screamin' Eagle is a wooden roller coaster at Six Flags St. Louis. When it opened in 1976 for America's Bicentennial celebration, Guinness World Records listed it as the largest coaster at 110 feet (34 m) high and as the fastest coaster at 62 mph (100 km/h). The ride is a modified 'L'-Shaped Out And Back. The Screamin' Eagle was manufactured by the Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters and was the last coaster designed by the renowned John Allen, who was a historic designer of roller coasters. Allen believed a coaster should inspire awe, not only from a ride full of thrills, but also from its magnificent beauty. Originally Allen wanted to design a coaster to replace the Comet at Chain of Rocks Amusement Park, but lack of funds prevented him from doing such. The Screamin' Eagle is reminiscent of the Comet, mirroring its L-shape, but to a much larger scale.

Renovations[edit]

In 1990, the trains were replaced, the turns banked, and a double up hill was removed from a section of the track..from 2003-2006 the Screamin’ Eagle received significant repairs such as painting, re-tracking, and replacing of the control panel. Although those renovations have been made, the Screamin' Eagle still retains its original "shaking", adding to the thrill of the ride and making it feel much more out of control.

References[edit]

http://www.forestparkhighlands.com/chainofrocks.html

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Coney Island Cyclone
World's Fastest Roller Coaster
April 1976–June 1978
Succeeded by
Colossus