Thunderation

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Thunderation
Thunderation track image.jpg
A picture of Thunderation's helix
Silver Dollar City
Location Silver Dollar City
Coordinates 36°40′06″N93°20′16″W / 36.6684°N 93.3379°W / 36.6684; -93.3379 Coordinates: 36°40′06″N93°20′16″W / 36.6684°N 93.3379°W / 36.6684; -93.3379
StatusOperating
Opening date1993
General statistics
Type Wood
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
ModelMine train
Track layout Terrain
Height110 ft (34 m)
Drop81 ft (25 m)
Length3,022 ft (921 m)
Speed48 mph (77 km/h)
Duration2:10
Height restriction42 in (107 cm)
Trains2 trains with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 36 riders per train.
Thunderation at RCDB
Pictures of Thunderation at RCDB

Thunderation (Stylized ThuNderaTion) is a steel mine train roller coaster located at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Developed by Arrow Dynamics and manufactured by Intermountain Lift, Inc., [1] the ride opened in 1993. [2] The third and fifth cars of the roller coaster used to point backwards. This has since been changed. [3]

Contents

Rider Experience

The train (the front part of the roller coaster looks like the locomotive of a steam train) leaves the station, takes a 180 degree right turn, goes straight forward, and makes a 180 degree left turn. The train enters a right turn helix, followed by a tunnel. Next, the train takes a 270 degree left turn. After going straight the train takes another 90 degree right turn drops into a short tunnel. The train goes up the lift hill, out of the tunnel. There is a 270 degree left turn. Finally, the train goes down the drop, and turns right 90 degrees into the station.

On some ride signs, the name is spelled as "ThuNderaTion." It is supposed to be a code on how the trains are propelled. [4]

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References

  1. "Amusement". Intermountain Lift. Archived from the original on October 3, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  2. Throgmorton, Todd (2000). Roller Coasters: United States and Canada. McFarland. p. 287. ISBN   0-7864-0896-0.
  3. Marden, Duane. "Thunderation  (Silver Dollar City)". Roller Coaster DataBase.
  4. Pictures of Thunderation