Screamin' Eagle

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Screamin’ Eagle
Screamin Eagle, Six Flags St. Louis.jpg
Six Flags St. Louis
Coordinates38°30′59″N 90°40′34″W / 38.51639°N 90.67611°W / 38.51639; -90.67611Coordinates: 38°30′59″N 90°40′34″W / 38.51639°N 90.67611°W / 38.51639; -90.67611
StatusOperating
Opening dateApril 10, 1976
Cost$3,000,000 (1976)
General statistics
TypeWood
ManufacturerPhiladelphia Toboggan Coasters
DesignerJohn C. Allen
Track layoutOut and back
Height110 ft (34 m)
Drop92 ft (28 m)
Length3,872 ft (1,180 m)
Speed62 mph (100 km/h)
Inversions0
Duration2:30
Height restriction42 in (107 cm)
Trains2 trains with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.
Screamin’ Eagle at RCDB
Pictures of Screamin’ Eagle at RCDB

The Screamin' Eagle is a wooden roller coaster at Six Flags St. Louis. When it opened on April 10, 1976 for America's Bicentennial celebration, Guinness World Records listed it as the largest coaster at 110 feet (34 m) high and as the fastest coaster at 62 mph (100 km/h). The ride is a modified 'L'-Shaped Out And Back. The Screamin' Eagle was manufactured by the Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters and was the last coaster designed by the renowned John Allen, who was a historic designer of roller coasters. Allen believed a coaster should inspire awe, not only from a ride full of thrills, but also from its magnificent beauty. Originally Allen wanted to design a coaster to replace the Comet at Chain of Rocks Amusement Park, but lack of funds prevented him from doing such. The Screamin' Eagle is reminiscent of the Comet, mirroring its L-shape, but to a much larger scale.

Renovations[edit]

In 1990, the trains were replaced, the turns banked, and a double up hill was removed from a section of the track..from 2003-2006 the Screamin’ Eagle received significant repairs such as painting, re-tracking, and replacing of the control panel.

Awards[edit]

Golden Ticket Awards: Top wood Roller Coasters
Year 2008 2009 2016 2017 2018
Ranking 48[1] 40[2] 39[3] 43[4] 38 (tie)[5]

References[edit]

http://www.forestparkhighlands.com/chainofrocks.html

  1. ^ "Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 12 (6.2): 42–43. September 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  2. ^ "Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 13 (6.2): 38–39. September 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  3. ^ "2016 Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 20 (6.2): 46. September 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "2017 Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 21 (6.2): 50. September 2017. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "2018 Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 22 (6.2): 48. September 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2016.

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Preceded by
Coney Island Cyclone
World's Fastest Roller Coaster
April 1976–June 1978
Succeeded by
Colossus