Auto Coaster

Saturday, October 30, 2004 9:51 PM
Has anyone heard about these and have pictures of them?
On www.coasterglobe.com they define them as An early 1900's ride similar to a roller coaster, except that instead of riding in special trains, riders drove their own car over a series of dips
I also saw a site about them:
http://www.theseattlesun.com/1998news/9809sept/stapp.html
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Saturday, October 30, 2004 11:11 PM
A Google search found this photo:

http://www.rollercoaster.ca/pictures/cneautodip.jpg

I remember a few years ago (we'd be talking '99 or earlier) seeing some good (better) photos of these on the Internet, but I can't find them.

I'd also imagine some of the better coaster books on the market that go into some detail about the early history would probably have info on this interesting ride.


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Sunday, October 31, 2004 2:05 AM
There's a ride at Kennywood called Auto Race that sorta fits the desciption you told. It used to have dips(hills) back in the day, but they removed them.
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Sunday, October 31, 2004 10:05 AM
ausco are you sure thats a auto coaster, a coaster you would use your car, I don't think it is one. Is it?
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Sunday, October 31, 2004 10:46 AM
One of the Kennywood Memories books has a great picture of that type of "ride".
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Sunday, October 31, 2004 12:26 PM
Theres mention of one here in the second to last paragraph.

http://www.willowick-ohio.com/About_Willowick/History/Willoughbeach/willoughbeach.html *** Edited 10/31/2004 5:28:55 PM UTC by Snap43***

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Sunday, October 31, 2004 12:33 PM
I've seen some old film of this. Essentially it's what is called a plank road on trestles.I could see where this would be a thrill in a Model T.
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