We’ve all seen hundreds of pictures of roller coaster construction at our local amusement parks, from the laying of the concrete foundations, to erecting the supports, and finally connecting all the pieces of track to the columns. But how does the track get put together before it reaches the theme park? Roller coaster manufacturers invest huge amounts of time in cutting, bending, welding, and painting hundreds of tons of steel before inspecting and shipping the parts out to the construction site. Once at the park, all the parts must fit together perfectly to create a smooth ride.
A couple of great videos showing the process of how track is made at a roller coaster manufacturer have recently found their way onto the internet.
For the most complete look at building a roller coaster check out this episode from the MegaFactories TV show from National Geographic Channel. They had a great special on Vekoma designing and constructing a giant inverted boomerang for a park in China.
Here’s a sneak peak at Chance Morgan’s manufacturing process. They manufactured two of the Vekoma designed coasters for Freestyle Music / Hard Rock Park.
Rocky Mountain Construction
Rocky Mountain Construction is the company behind successful wood to steel roller coaster transformations like the New Texas Giant and Iron Rattler. In this short video, we get a quick look at the inside of their manufacturing facility as they weld together the new vehicles for Silver Dollar City’s Outlaw Run.
B&M / Clermont Steel Fabrication
Another awesome video from a few days ago shot at Clermont Steel Fabricators in Batavia, Ohio. B&M roller coasters are manufactured at the plant including Gatekeeper, new for Cedar Point in 2013. One thing you will not see in this video is how B&M bend’s their rails into shape, a proprietary process that is a highly guarded secret.
Here’s a quick look at Gertslaur’s manufacturing of a new coaster for Tripsdrill, a theme park in Europe. I think many park guests do not realize the sheer amount of welding that goes into building a roller coaster track!
Last updated: 1/18/13
What part of the process of roller coaster design and construction would you like to know more about?