Texas Cyclone

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For the film starring John Wayne, see Texas Cyclone (film).
Texas Cyclone
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A Texas Cyclone train ascending the lift hill
Six Flags AstroWorld
Coordinates 29°40′36″N 95°24′35″W / 29.67667°N 95.40972°W / 29.67667; -95.40972Coordinates: 29°40′36″N 95°24′35″W / 29.67667°N 95.40972°W / 29.67667; -95.40972
Status Closed
Opening date June 12, 1976
Closing date October 30, 2005
General statistics
Type Wood
Manufacturer Frontier Construction Company
Designer Don Rosser, William Cobb
Track layout Cyclone
Lift/launch system Chain-lift
Height 93 ft (28 m)
Drop 80 ft (24 m)
Length 3,180 ft (970 m)
Speed 64 mph (103 km/h)
Duration 2:15
Max vertical angle 53°
G-force 4.2
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Texas Cyclone at RCDB
Pictures of Texas Cyclone at RCDB

The Texas Cyclone was a wooden roller coaster at the defunct Six Flags Astroworld in Houston, Texas, and was known for its airtime, speed, and feeling of being out of control. It was 93 feet (28 m) tall, had 3,180 feet (970 m) of track, and the ride lasted for two minutes and fifteen seconds. It was opened in 1976, after a failed attempt by Astroworld to buy the original Coney Island Cyclone.

History[edit]

In the 1970s the Coney Island Cyclone was in a state of disrepair, and was in danger of being demolished to expand the nearby New York Aquarium. Astroworld did not have a wooden roller coaster at the time, and the owners attempted to buy the Cyclone and move it to Houston. After further study, the owners decided that a move would be prohibitively expensive, and so settled on building a replica of the Cyclone in Texas.

Astroworld hired William Cobb to design the replica of the Cyclone. He created a mirror image of the Cyclone, which was also larger and faster than the original. During the construction, which was done by the Frontier Construction Company, the north end turnaround was damaged by a tropical storm, which delayed the opening of the coaster until 1976. When the Texas Cyclone was opened, it was one of the tallest and fastest wooden roller coasters in the world, and was considered by many to be the best roller coaster in the world. In 1979, the first turn was lowered by two feet to prevent stalling, so that it could operate safely in higher winds.

In 1983 an accident occurred in which at least one park employee was killed and several injured. During a test run of the roller coaster, the train was being pulled up the first slope until a wire snapped, and sent the train backward towards the storage shed, where it careened off the track killing an employee below and injuring others on the train.

Demolition[edit]

Texas Cyclone at 4:30 p.m. on October 30, 2005, Astroworld's last day of operation

Six Flags Astroworld closed on October 30, 2005. The Cyclone was demolished on March 9, 2006, sometime between 7:00am and 9:30am.

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