Alpine Bobsled

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Alpine Bobsled
The Alpine Bobsled roller coaster.jpg
Previously known as Sarajevo Bobsled at Great Adventure, Rolling Thunder at Great America
Great Escape
Park section Fest Area
Coordinates 43°21′3.49″N 73°41′16.34″W / 43.3509694°N 73.6878722°W / 43.3509694; -73.6878722Coordinates: 43°21′3.49″N 73°41′16.34″W / 43.3509694°N 73.6878722°W / 43.3509694; -73.6878722
Status Operating
Opening date 1998
Six Flags Great America
Status Relocated to Great Escape
Opening date 1989
Closing date 1995
Replaced by Raging Bull
Six Flags Great Adventure
Status Relocated to Six Flags Great America
Opening date 1984
Closing date 1988
Replaced by Great American Scream Machine
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Intamin
Model Bobsled roller coaster
Height 64 ft (20 m)
Length 1,490 ft (450 m)
Speed 35 mph (56 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 1 min. 40 sec.
Height restriction 42 in (107 cm)
Trains 6 trains with a single car. Riders are arranged 2 across in 4 rows for a total of 8 riders per train.
Alpine Bobsled at RCDB
Pictures of Alpine Bobsled at RCDB

Alpine Bobsled is a steel bobsled roller coaster, made by Intamin. It has been at three parks, Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Great America and now stands at Great Escape in Queensbury, New York.

Theming[edit]

The alpine theme of the coaster was partly inspired by the park's proximity to Lake Placid New York where the 1980 and 1932 Winter Olympics, both of which included bobsled races, were held. The ride has four cars, all themed from different countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, and Jamaica. A large archway is the entrance to the long queue area leading up to the loading station. The arch itself is decorated with an old Olympic-style bobsled and the path up to the loading area is scattered with old broken sleds as well. The loading station is built to resemble a 19th-century alpine ski lodge. The outside of the bobsled's trough is purple and white, with the inside also being white.

History[edit]

The coaster was built in 1984 and was located at Six Flags Great Adventure as the Sarajevo Bobsled. The ride was quite popular. Its purpose was to commemorate the 1984 Olympics. The area of the park was becoming dull and needed an overhaul.

In the spring of 1988, it was determined that this area would have an Airplane/Space/Boardwalk theme, and that the park needed a larger roller coaster, and that the coaster would occupy the land that Sarajevo Bobsleds was occupying. The Bobsled was then closed mid season and dismantled. The coaster was replaced with a multiple steel looping roller coaster that was then state of the art and would for a month be the tallest coaster in the world. Great American Scream Machine was built in its place, and it stood there until it was dismantled in July of the 2010 season.[1]

After the ride was dismantled and removed, it was relocated to Six Flags Great America in 1989 and opened as Rolling Thunder. It was replaced by Raging Bull, a state of the art steel hyper twister non-looping coaster. Rolling Thunder was then sold to Premier Parks and then moved to Great Escape in 1997.

It reopened in 1998 as the Alpine Bobsled. Premier Parks bought Six Flags in 1998 bringing Great Escape into and this coaster back to the Six Flags family.

Trains[edit]

Riders are arranged two across in four rows per car with the cars made by Giovanola. As of 2015, there are 4 cars, and the back row is closed off due to whiplash.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Great American Scream Machine". Archived from the original on 5 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 

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