Steel Force

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Steel Force
Steel Force (Lift).jpg
Steel Force lift hill and return
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
Coordinates 40°34′44″N 75°32′17″W / 40.57889°N 75.53806°W / 40.57889; -75.53806Coordinates: 40°34′44″N 75°32′17″W / 40.57889°N 75.53806°W / 40.57889; -75.53806
Status Operating
Opening date May 30, 1997
Cost US$10,000,000
General statistics
Type Steel – Hypercoaster
Manufacturer D. H. Morgan Manufacturing
Designer Steve Okamoto
Model Hyper Coaster
Track layout Out and Back
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 200 ft (61 m)
Drop 205 ft (62 m)
Length 5,600 ft (1,700 m)
Speed 75 mph (121 km/h)
Duration 3:00
Max vertical angle 61°
Capacity 1,700 riders per hour
G-force 3.4
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Trains 3 trains with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 36 riders per train.
Fast Lane available
Steel Force at RCDB
Pictures of Steel Force at RCDB

Steel Force is a roller coaster at Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Built by D. H. Morgan Manufacturing and designed by Steve Okamoto, it opened in 1997. It is 5,600 feet (1,700 m) in length (over 1-mile (1.6 km)), making it the longest coaster on the East Coast. It has a 205-foot (62 m) first drop, with a top speed of 75 miles per hour (121 km/h). Riders experience over 2.5 G's at the bottom of the first hill.

Steel Force is the ninth longest steel roller coaster in the world and the longest such rollercoaster on the East Coast of the United States.

History[edit]

When Steel Force opened, it laid claim to being the longest, fastest and tallest roller coaster on the East Coast. The title of longest coaster on the East Coast still stands. It has been ranked among the top 10 steel coasters in the world.[1][2] S

Steel Force’s logo was originally intended for the stand-up coaster Mantis, which had opened at Cedar Point a year earlier. Mantis initially was to be named “Banshee,” but had its name changed for sensitivity reasons.[3] The logo was no longer appropriate after the name change, so Dorney Park adopted it for its Steel Force coaster a year later.[4]

Golden Ticket Awards: Top steel Roller Coasters
Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ranking 4[5] 4[6] 6[7] 16[8] 11[9] 14[10] 15[11] 20[12] 18[13] 23[14] 27[15] 26[16] 39[17] 37[18]

Construction data[edit]

The following materials are included:

  • 2,000 tons of steel
  • 12,150,000 pounds (5,510,000 kg) of concrete footers
  • 2,742 anchor bolts

Ride elements[edit]

  • Two 120-foot-long (37 m) tunnels
  • 510-degree downward helix
  • Double-up
  • On-ride photo camera (between the last two airtime hills)

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ultimaterollercoaster.com/resources/tv/topten/topten_list.shtml
  2. ^ "Top 10 Coasters". Ultimate Rollercoaster. 1999. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Marden, Duane. "Mantis  (Cedar Point)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Marden, Duane. "Steel Force  (Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Top 25 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. August 2000. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Top 25 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 7B. August 2001. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Top 25 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 7B. September 2002. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 14–15B. September 2003. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 18–19B. September 2004. Archived from the original on April 3, 2007. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 26–27B. September 2005. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 26–27B. September 2006. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 11 (6.2): 36–37. September 2007. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 12 (6.2): 36–37. September 2008. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 13 (6.2): 32–33. September 2009. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 14 (6.2): 34–35. September 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 15 (6.2): 38–39. September 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 16 (6.2): 36–37. September 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  18. ^ "2013 Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 17 (6.2): 34–35. September 2013. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 

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