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XRL-8
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XLR-8 - OnRide

General
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Park Six Flags AstroWorld
Location USAHouston, Texas, USA
Status Defunct
Operated
Operated May 12, 1984 - October 30, 2005
Opened
Opening
Cost
Height restriction 42 inches (107 cm)
Statistics
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Builder
Designer
Type Steel- Suspended
Type
Model Suspended Coaster
Riders per train 28
Riders per hour
Lift/launch system
Height 81 feet
Drop
Top speed 31.4 mph
Length 3,000 feet
Dimensions
Duration 3:00
Inversions 0
Steepest drop
Maximum g-force
XLR-8

This picture from 2004 shows the orientation of the cars - 3 forwards and 4 backwards.

XLR-8 was a steel suspended roller coaster located at Six Flags AstroWorld in Houston, Texas, USA.

History and general informationEdit

XLR-8 was manufactured by Arrow Dynamics (then called Arrow-Huss) and was the second suspended coaster built by Arrow, fixing the problems of the failed Bat at Kings Island.

For AstroWorld's Fright Fest 2002 event, the last four cars were reversed, which had never been done before on a suspended roller coaster. The name was also switched to "8-RLX". The change was successful and the trains remained like that until AstroWorld's closure in 2005, however the name was reverted after the Fright Fest.

AstroWorld closed permanently in 2005 when Six Flags decided to sell the plot. On February 3, 2006 the ride was sold for $50,000 as scrap. The trains where sent to Six Flags Magic Mountain as spare parts for similar roller coaster Ninja.

DesignEdit

When XLR-8 opened, it had light-blue track and white supports. At some point it was repainted entirely dark-blue. For the 2004 season XLR-8 was repainted orange track with turquoise supports.

TrainsEdit

2 trains with 7 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train

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