Dual-tracked roller coaster
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A 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.
A racing roller coaster consists of two separate roller coasters that travel 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.
A 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.
A Möbius loop 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. One unusual case is Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain, a Möbius Loop type coaster where there is only one station - one cycle of the ride takes the train through both sides of the "Möbius Loop."
|Coaster Name||Park||Location||Track||Type||Builder||Year Opened||Notes|
|American Eagle||Six Flags Great America||Gurnee, Illinois||Wooden||Racing||Intamin||1981||Tallest, fastest racing wooden roller coaster in the world.|
|Batman & Robin: The Chiller||Six Flags Great Adventure||Jackson, New Jersey||Steel||Dueling||Premier Rides||1997||Closed in 2007, currently in storage|
|Battlestar Galactica||Universal Studios Singapore||Sentosa, Singapore||Steel||Dueling||Vekoma||2010||Battlestar Galactica closed in February 2013 due to technical issues, and reopened on 27 May 2015. Tallest duelling roller coaster in the world.|
|Dauling Dragon||Happy Valley Wuhan||Wuhan, Hubei, China||Wooden||Racing||Martin & Vleminckx||2012||China's first racing roller coaster. Designed by The Gravity Group.|
|Dragon Challenge||Universal's Islands of Adventure||Orlando, Florida||Steel||Dueling||Bolliger & Mabillard||1999||Although this ride is listed as dueling, the individual tracks do not run synchronized due to a variety of incidents. Inverted roller coaster.|
|Gemini||Cedar Point||Sandusky, Ohio||Steel||Racing||Arrow Dynamics||1978||With wood structure.|
|Grand National||Blackpool Pleasure Beach||Blackpool, Lancashire||Wooden||Möbius loop||Charles Paige||1935|
|Gwazi||Busch Gardens Tampa Bay||Tampa, Florida||Wooden||Dueling||Great Coasters International||1999||Closed in 2015. Only the Lion side was operating as of 2012.|
|Joris en de Draak||Efteling||Kaatsheuvel||Wooden||Racing||Great Coasters International||2010|
|Lightning Racer||Hersheypark||Hershey, Pennsylvania||Wooden||Dueling||Great Coasters International||2000|
|Matterhorn Bobsleds||Disneyland||Anaheim, California||Steel||Dueling||Arrow Dynamics||1959||Weaves around and through a replica of the Matterhorn. World's first tubular steel roller coaster.|
|Max Adventures Master Thai||Mirabilandia||Italy||Steel||Möbius loop||Preston & Barbieri||2011||Riders simultaneously board on both halves of the Möbius loop.|
|Milky Way||Mitsui Greenland||Arao, Kumamoto||Steel||Racing||Senyo Kogyo Co., Ltd.||1991||Stand-up roller coaster|
|Le Monstre||La Ronde||Montréal, Québec||Wooden||Racing||William Cobb & Associates||1985/86||One track opened in 1985, the other in 1986|
|Montaña Rusa||La Feria Chapultepec Mágico||Mexico City||Wooden||Möbius loop||National Amusement Device Company||1964|
|The Racer||Kings Island||Mason, Ohio||Wooden||Racing||Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters||1972||Credited for starting the "Second Coaster Boom". One train formerly ran backwards until 2008. World's fastest racing coaster (1972–1976).|
|Racer||Kennywood||West Mifflin, Pennsylvania||Wooden||Möbius loop||Charile Mach||1927|
|Ramses||Parque de Atracciones de Zaragoza||Zaragoza||Steel||Racing||Safeco||2002||Opened in 1987 at Parque de Atracciones de Montjuic, named as "Vikingo". It stayed until the park's closure in 1998, and reopened with a new theming, location and name in 2002. First half pipe roller coaster evwr built in a park.|
|Rebel Yell||Kings Dominion||Doswell, Virginia||Wooden||Racing||Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters||1975||One train formerly ran backwards until 2008.|
|Rolling Thunder||Six Flags Great Adventure||Jackson, New Jersey||Wooden||Racing||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.|
|Stampida||PortAventura Park||Salou, Tarragona||Wooden||Racing||Custom Coasters International||1997|
|Space Mountain||Magic Kingdom||Lake Buena Vista, Florida||Steel||Dueling||Arrow Dynamics||1975||Oldest operating roller coaster in Florida.|
|Thunder Road||Carowinds||Charlotte, North Carolina||Wooden||Racing||Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters||1976||Crosses the North Carolina/South Carolina state line. One train formerly ran backwards until 2008. Closed and demolished in 2015.|
|Twisted Colossus||Six Flags Magic Mountain||Valencia, California||Steel||Möbius loop||Rocky Mountain Construction||1978 (as Colossus)||With wood structure. Formerly known as Colossus; closed on August 16, 2014 after 36 years of operation. Opened on May 23, 2015 as Twisted Colossus. Unlike most "Möbius loop" racing/dueling coasters, Twisted Colossus has one station and trains go through both sides of the "Möbius loop" on one cycle. The original Colossus was a traditional two-track racing wooden coaster.|
|Vertigorama||Parque de la Ciudad||Buenos Aires City||Steel||Racing||Intamin||1983||Standing but not operating. Track was completed but electrical was never finished. Thus, the coaster never opened.|
|Vleermuis||Plopsaland De Panne||De Panne, West Flanders, Belgium||Steel||Racing||Caripro||2000||Suspended roller coaster.|
|Windjammer Surf Racers||Knott's Berry Farm||Buena Park, California||Steel||Racing||TOGO||1997||Closed in 2000 due to various problems.|
- "Six Flags Great America: American Eagle Coaster Goes Backwards". 2012-06-03. Archived from the original on 2012-06-03. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
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