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dual-tracked roller coaster is a roller coaster which consists of two tracks. There are three types of dual-tracked roller coasters: racing, dueling and Möbius Loop roller coasters.
Not all parks choose to operate both sides of their dual-tracked coasters;
Rolling Thunder and Colossus are two examples of this. Other parks operate one side frontwards and one side backwards.
Variants [ edit ]
racing roller coaster consists of two separate roller coasters that travels along parallel or mirrored tracks to simulate a race between the trains. The coaster trains travel along tracks just a few feet apart from one another. They often get close enough for riders to reach out and slap hands with riders on the opposite train, though this is extremely dangerous and can result in ejection from the park.
dueling roller coaster features two (or more) roller coasters, usually with a similar layout, built close to each other. The rides are designed to do just as the name indicates: to duel. The coaster's layout often consists of strategic maneuvering to produce near-misses between the two coaster trains, designed to induce a greater adrenaline rush for the rider than a stand alone roller coaster.
can be either a racing roller coaster or a dueling roller coaster. Its unique feature is that there is one continuous track instead of two separate ones. As a result, the station that a train leaves is not the same one to which it will return. Möbius loop roller coaster
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Six Flags Great America
Gurnee, Illinois Wooden
Tallest, fastest, and longest racing wooden roller coaster in the world.
Batman & Robin: The Chiller
Six Flags Great Adventure
Jackson, New Jersey Steel
Premier Rides 1997
Closed in 2007, currently in storage
Universal Studios Singapore
Sentosa, Singapore Steel
Battlestar Galactica closed in Feb, 2013 due to technical issues, and reopened on 27 May, 2015. Tallest duelling roller coaster in the world.
Happy Valley, Wuhan
Hubei, China Wooden
Martin & Vleminckx 2012
China's first racing roller coaster. Designed by
The Gravity Group.
Islands of Adventure
Orlando, Florida Steel
Bolliger & Mabillard 1999
Although this ride is listed as dueling, the individual tracks do not run at the same time due to a variety of incidents. Inverted roller coaster.
Sandusky, Ohio Steel
Arrow Dynamics 1978
With wood structure.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Blackpool, Lancashire Wooden
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Tampa, Florida Wooden
Great Coasters International 1999
Closed in 2015. Only the Lion side was operating as of 2012.
Joris en de Draak
Great Coasters International 2010
Hershey, Pennsylvania Wooden
Great Coasters International 2000
Anaheim, California Steel
Arrow Dynamics 1959
Weaves around and through a replica of the
Matterhorn. World's first steel roller coaster.
Arao, Kumamoto Steel
Senyo Kogyo Co., Ltd.
Stand-up roller coaster
Montréal, Québec Wooden
William Cobb & Associates 1985/86
One track opened in 1985, the other in 1986
La Feria Chapultepec Magico
Mexico City Wooden
National Amusement Device Company
Mason, Ohio Wooden
Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters 1972
Credited for starting the "Second Coaster Boom". One train formerly ran backwards until 2008. Worlds fastest racing coaster(1972–1976)
West Mifflin, Pennsylvania Wooden
Parque de Atracciones de Zaragoza
Zaragoza, Zaragoza Steel
Doswell, Virginia Wooden
Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters 1975
One train formerly ran backwards until 2008.
Six Flags Great Adventure
Jackson, New Jersey Wooden
William Cobb & Associates 1979
Ride has two tracks in a figure 8 pattern, but the hills are arranged differently on each track. Closed in 2013 to make way for
Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom.
Salou, Tarragona Wooden
Custom Coasters International 1997
Lake Buena Vista, Florida Steel
Arrow Dynamics 1975
Oldest operating roller coaster in
Charlotte, North Carolina Wooden
Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters 1976
North Carolina/ South Carolina state line. One train formerly ran backwards until 2008.
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Valencia, California Steel
Rocky Mountain Construction 1978 (as Colossus)
Formerly known as Colossus; closed on August 16, 2014 after 36 years of operation. Opened on May 23, 2015 as Twisted Colossus.
Parque de la Ciudad
Buenos Aires City Steel
Standing but not operating. Track was completed but electrical was never finished.
De Panne, West Flanders, Belgium Steel
Suspended roller coaster.
Windjammer Surf Racers
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, California Steel
Closed in 2000 due to various problems.
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