B&K Coasters

Tuesday, January 14, 2003 8:57 AM

Yes, you read that right. I am talking about Bradley and Kaye coasters. According to RCDB, they made only two coasters, both were kiddie coasters.

Timberline Twister at KBF and Goliath Jr. at SFMM.

What is striking to me is that the company made just two coasters and both rides are very different. Timberline Twister uses triangular box-style track while Goliath Jr. uses flat track. Timberline Twister uses a hand brake, and I don't believe that Goliath Jr. does.

So, does anyone out there know any more about this company and why the only two coasters they made were so drastically different?

Tuesday, January 14, 2003 9:56 AM

B&K mainly did carousels in the 1970 and also had a collection of flat rides like the Barnstormer, which was once at World's of Fun if I remember correctly.

They did many kiddie coaster in the 70's, from what I understand, and there are more than those two coasters that they've built. Many mistake some of Bradley & Kaye's coasters as old Herschells. The Mini Coaster at Tuscora Park and Acme Gravity Powered Ride at SFStL are actually one of many indentical rides from Bradley & Kaye.

They also built dark rides like the Gold Rusher at Kennywood.


By himself, David Bradley worked for Herschell. For Herschell, David Bradley was most famous for designing the classic Herschell Little Dipper in 1948. Today, the Herschell Little Dipper is still one of the most commonly built coasters in the industry.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 10:28 AM
Ah, OK. I figured they did more than just design coasters, but I couldn't think of any examples. Thanks.

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