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Jack Rabbit
Jack Rabbit (Kennywood) - OnRide - (360p)01:53

Jack Rabbit (Kennywood) - OnRide - (360p)


Statistics

Park

Kennywood

Loation

West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA

Status

Operating

Opened

1920

Builder

Charlie Mach

Designer

John A. Miller

Type

Wooden

Track Layout

Terrain

Riders per train

18

Lift/launch system

Chain Lift

Height

40 feet (12 meters)

Drop

70 feet (21 meters)

Max speed

45 mph (72 km/h)

Legnth

2132 feet (650 meters)

Inversions

0

Duration

1:36

Steepest drop

45 deg

Max G-Force

4.99G

Cost

$50,000

Jack Rabbit is a wooden roller coaster located at Kennywood, in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA. The ride was designed and built by John Miller in 1921.

HistoryEdit

Designed by John A. Miller and built by Charlie Mach in 1920, Jack Rabbit is the joint-4th oldest operating roller coaster in the world. A popular early feature of the ride was a tunnel which covered the turnaround section after the first drop, but this was removed in 1947 when the new trains were ordered.

In 1991, the tunnel was restored, however, it's a bit shorter than it had been.

The ride was built shortly after Miller patented a new track design in 1920 (which all wooden coasters built since have used). This design involved the use of wheels both under and over the track, which allowed Miller to create the then enormous 70-foot (21 m) drop that is the attraction's largest.

DesignEdit

The ride features the world's only double-dip, which is essentially a drop, then a small flat, leading to another drop.According to Rick Sebak, producer of Pittsburgh history programs for WQED, the attraction was designed so that each train's last seat would provide the strongest airtime, and therefore the most desired ride.

TrainsEdit

3 trains with 3 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 18 riders per train.

The current trains were manufactured by Edward Vettel, Sr. in 1951. These aging trains are considered an essential part of the nostalgic experience the ride has, but also lead to the need of the 36 inch height restriction, as only a small lapbar is used to restrain the riders.

PopularityEdit

Jack Rabbit is most well known and popular among enthusiasts for its double dip following the lift hill. The double dip produces strong airtime that makes the rider feel lifted from their seat (they are perfectly safe), and a feeling that the train leaves the track. It is considered an ACE Coaster Classic.

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