High Speed Thrill Coaster

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High Speed Thrill Coaster
High Speed Thrill Coaster 1.jpg
Cars coming down the lift hill in 2008
Knoebels
Coordinates 40°52′49″N 76°30′10″W / 40.880140°N 76.502711°W / 40.880140; -76.502711Coordinates: 40°52′49″N 76°30′10″W / 40.880140°N 76.502711°W / 40.880140; -76.502711
Status Removed
Opening date 1955 (1955)
Closing date 2008 (2008)
Replaced by Kozmo's Kurves
General statistics
Type Steel
Designer Overland Amusement Company
Track layout Oval
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 18 ft (5.5 m)
Drop 12 ft (3.7 m)
Length 200 ft (61 m)
Inversions 0
Height restriction 42 in (107 cm)
High Speed Thrill Coaster at RCDB
Pictures of High Speed Thrill Coaster at RCDB

High Speed Thrill Coaster was a steel junior roller coaster located at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Pennsylvania. Built by the Overland Amusement Company, it opened in 1955 and operated until 2008. The installation at Knoebels was the last operating roller coaster in the world from Overland.

The layout consisted of a small, 18-foot-high (5.5 m) lift hill, followed by a diving 180° turn and several small hills, ending with another 180° turn back to the station. High Speed Thrill Coaster lift was powered by a six-cylinder Ford engine. The operator could control the coaster's overall speed by adjusting the speed of the chain through a clutch lever to engage and disengage the engine from the lift chain.[1]

The ride was dismantled beginning in late 2008.[2] According to their website, the ride was "worn out". It was the first roller coaster to be built at Knoebels, and as such was the longest continually-operating roller coaster at the park. The area where the coaster was located at Knoebels – on the island above the motor boat trough – is still used for a junior roller coaster known as Kozmo's Kurves,[3] the successor to High Speed Thrill Coaster that opened on August 1, 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Futrell, Jim (2002). Amusement Parks of Pennsylvania. Stackpole Books. p. 163. Retrieved April 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Knoebels". Screamscape.com. 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  3. ^ "Knoebels Amusement Resort". Knoebels.com. Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2010-08-09.