Backyard coaster makes headlines

Posted Wednesday, April 24, 2002 5:00 AM | Contributed by CoasterAaron

The Indianapolis Star recently published a story about the backyard roller coaster in southern Indiana. The coaster took two years to build, and has a top speed of 25 mph. The ride will be featured on Ripley's Believe It Or Not in the fall of 2002.

Read more from the Indianapolis Star.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002 5:01 AM

"I ain't got bored with it yet."

I believe it not. ;)

Jeff - Webmaster/Admin -,
"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"

Wednesday, April 24, 2002 5:08 AM
*puts order in*

If the shoe fits, find another one.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002 5:22 AM
Hrm....RV or roller coaster? I may have to rethink my retirement purchase....

I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead

Wednesday, April 24, 2002 5:30 AM
I've seen this thing in the general buzz before. I'd love to go see it in person.
Wednesday, April 24, 2002 5:37 AM

Hey CPLady, here's the thread on this coaster started by you.

Here's a working mirror site of the coaster itself;

I've always wanted to build my own coaster. $$$ is all that's stopping me. Oh, and the council. ;)

Wednesday, April 24, 2002 6:25 AM
Even that coaster dosent have OTSR's!
Stupid Revolution.
Is it true its always happy hour here? If it is I'd like to stay a while....
Wednesday, April 24, 2002 7:44 AM
It looks pretty crazy, especially that loopscrew. I downloaded his recreation on NL. Pretty fun stuff.

I was asked to describe X in one word. The word? -- OhmygoshwhathaveIgottenmyselfintothisisthescariest

Wednesday, April 24, 2002 8:08 AM
Wonder what's better, front or back seat?
Wednesday, April 24, 2002 8:21 AM

Sounds like an episode of "King of the Hill."

Yep. Yep. Yep.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002 9:09 AM
I would have called it "Batman: The Ride."

He let the contents of the bottle do the thinking; can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002 9:12 AM

Did you see the wheel assembly on that coaster car?

There's about a 2 inch or so gap between the rail and the bottom wheel. It might be nit-picking, but I wonder if that coaster creation of his is smooth or not.

Also... if there's enough speed to make it all the way to the lift and go back up again... how do you stop? Is there a breaking period, or do you do it the ol' Fred Flintstone method and use your feet or hands to try and stop, or do you just jump off before it reaches the lift again??

Great creation, but it still can slight improvements for maximum effiency.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002 9:36 AM
Dawg, I'm glad you are such a coaster-engineer expert...I think when you build your own you will have a right to critique what this man did on his own. And for the record...Uplift wheels (as you referred to them "the bottom wheel") do not always actually touch the track at all points...I suggest taking a look at coasters and their wheel assembly most cloesly before you consider a 'gap' in between the rail and the wheels as something 'bad.' You'll find MANY coasters are like that...including those SMOOTH B&Ms....geez...I hope they know that gap there will make it rough! ;)
Wednesday, April 24, 2002 9:43 AM
I wish I had one of those in my backyard anyone who want to ride it from my neighbor would have to pay 5 dollars. That looks like it took a lot of hard work . Dawgbyte II, I think it has more than enough speed to go through the loopscrew and down the helix but I don't know how they stop it I went to their website before but I forgot what they said about stopping it.
Wednesday, April 24, 2002 12:39 PM
It looks just like the one at Michigan's Adventure.
Wednesday, April 24, 2002 1:14 PM
I've heard of childhood dreams, but this is ridiculous! :)

Once again I'll throw in this link for Jeremy Reid! I think the two should get together and make their own park!
Brad Sherman
Don't.....look.....back! The Headless Horseman awaits you in 2002!
Model coasters and rides

Wednesday, April 24, 2002 1:16 PM
CoastaFreak: I'm pretty sure they're called upstop wheels. They do touch at all times on B&M's, that's what makes them so silky smooth. They're springloaded so that all wheels stay in contact with the running rails and track well, unlike old Arrow coaster that do have a gap, which are a it rougher/

Is it a dream or a memory? It's both, it's X

Wednesday, April 24, 2002 1:20 PM

I've said this before and I'm going to say it again...redneck.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002 1:48 PM

There is probably some type of hand or foot brake in the car, like some of the older coasters, they did say on the webcite, that if you do not stop in the "station" you do not need the lift for it has enough speed to go back up itself.

And as far as then up-stop wheels are concerned, I've never seen a gap that big between the up-stops and the runnig rails.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002 2:10 PM
Yeah, you're wrong...they don't touch all the times on all the B&M's...I know there are B&M's that are spring loaded, but not all of them are...that was my point. I'm not going to name examples...just'll see. And umm...depending on who you talk to...they are uplift or in the same...ever hear of that? (one thing's for sure, they aren't 'the bottom wheels' when you are critiquing someone else's hard work) ;) *** This post was edited by CoastaFreak on 4/24/2002. ***

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