Category: Coasters-101

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Coasters-101: Lift Hills

How do roller coasters reach their highest point? The chain lift is the traditional method of pulling a coaster car to the top of the tallest hill. A catch on the bottom of the train, called a “chain dog”, engages...

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Coasters-101: Vertical Loops

There is something quite remarkable about being able to defy gravity and part of the charm of roller coasters is that they let you do exactly that. The vertical loop is one of the most common yet thrilling elements found...

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Coasters-101: How does a 4D coaster work?

In this edition of Coasters-101 we’ll answer the question: how does a 4D coaster work. A new 4th dimension roller coaster from S&S Worldwide, called Dinoconda, is opening this year at China Dinosaurs Park in Changzhou, Jiangsu, China. This is only...

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Coasters-101: Track Fabrication

Welcome to the latest edition of Coasters-101 where we’ll answer the question how is roller coaster track made and explain what some of the latest track fabrication techniques. Tubular roller coaster track is typically formed by heating and then permanently...

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Coasters-101: Wheel Design

A typical wheel used on a roller coaster is constructed by taking an aluminum hub and bonding a polyurethane tire to the hub’s outside diameter. This entire “wheel assembly” is then connected to the axle through a bearing. There are...

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Coasters-101: Foundations

Welcome to another addition of Coasters-101. Today we’re going to discuss one of the most important and perhaps most overlooked components of a roller coaster-the foundations! It’s an exciting time when you go to your nearest amusement park and see...

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Coasters-101: Safety Standards

Welcome to another addition of Coasters-101. Today we are going to discuss amusement industry safety standards. Amusement parks entertain millions of visitors every year, giving countless numbers of safe rides. You’re much more likely to get hurt on your way...