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Description

A roller coaster that runs without a fixed track. The train travels freely through a trough. Both wooden and steel bobsled coasters have been built.

First

Flying Turns - 1930

Oldest in Operation

Bobbaan - 1985

Latest

Flying Turns - 2005

Manufacturers

Intamin AG - Mack Rides

Bobsled roller coasters do not have a fixed track. The train travels freely through a trough. Bobsled coasters can not reach incredible speeds, because if it does, the car will fly off the trough. Thus, Bobsled coasters are relatively small.

BobsledCoasterExample The train configuration on a Bobsled coaster.

HistoryEdit

The first real Bobsled roller coasters were built in the 1930s and 1940s and were made out of wood. These were known as Flying Turns coasters. None of these remain, with the last being Bobsled at Coney Island, demolished in 1974.

In the late 1980s and 90s, Mack Rides and Intamin AG manufactured many Bobsled coasters.

Long after the last wooden Bobsled coaster was demolished, Knoebels Amusement Park are to open the first modern wooden Flying Turns coaster, Flying Turns. It was originally planned to open in 2007 but was delayed due to dysfunctional wheels.

Video GamesEdit

All three RollerCoaster Tycoon, RCT2 and RCT3, along with Thrillvile have Flying Turns and Bobsled coasters available in-game.

Roller Coaster Types
Track Materials HybridSteelWooden
Train Configurations 4th DimensionBobsledDive CoasterFloorlessFlyingInvertedMine TrainMotorbikePipelineSide FrictionSpinningStand-UpSuspendedVirginia ReelWing Coaster
Track Layouts DuelingFigure 8LaunchedMöbius LoopOut & BackRacingShuttleStrata CoasterWild Mouse

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