Going into the ground to gain drop height.

Friday, May 4, 2001 10:14 PM
This had me thinking. What coasters were designed to increase the drop height by digging into the earth? Raging Bull added 8ft by going under and American Eagle added 20ft to its drop height by digging. What other coasters have added a significant amount of drop height and by how much?

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"SAVING THE WORLD BEFORE BEDTIME" Powerpuff girls
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Friday, May 4, 2001 10:53 PM
Desperado, Oblivion, Nemesis(duh), Tonnre de Zeus(sp?), Tremors. Can't think of anymore this late. Someone help.

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"God help us, our lives are in the hands of engineers..."
--Ian Malcom
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Friday, May 4, 2001 10:53 PM
Well I don't know if this counts but the bottom of great bear's first drop is actually lower then the height of the station. It doesn't go undergroud, but they used the natural topography of the land to make the ride interesting. I think that's why everyone hates it because that might explain the rides so-so ending. That might also explain the helix at the begining of the ride.

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"Nippy!! Where the hell are ya?"
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Friday, May 4, 2001 10:58 PM
Goliath & Titan
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Friday, May 4, 2001 10:58 PM
If you are referring to just man-made digging, I would guess Oblivion would be the greatest. The lift height is 65 feet, and the drop is 180 feet. From pictures I've seen there wasn't much natural topography to take advantage of.

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- Peabody
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Friday, May 4, 2001 11:04 PM
definately goliath and titan, they both claim to dip 20 feet underground, adding to the respective 235 ft drop heights

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Mr. Gacy I'm done with your lawn
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Friday, May 4, 2001 11:06 PM
i worded my reply incorrectly, i know the drops are 255 ft, but it sounded like i meant they have a total of only 235 ft

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Mr. Gacy I'm done with your lawn
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Friday, May 4, 2001 11:13 PM
Just in case some SFoT nut flames you about Titan being 245 FT high not 235 FT, I will make my time and point to say that there is such thing as elevation changes. But then I feel weird stating that.
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Saturday, May 5, 2001 4:29 AM
Superman at sfne's max height is 208 and it drops 221 feet
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Saturday, May 5, 2001 5:23 AM
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the Beast with its tunnel at the end of the first drop.
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Saturday, May 5, 2001 10:34 AM
Well, there's Steel Phantom/Phantom's Revenge, of course, although they don't really go "into the ground."

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Matt Lynch
Co-Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard
http://kennywood.coasterbuzz.com
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Saturday, May 5, 2001 2:57 PM
What about into the water? Anaconda (right name?) does that, so that would count too, I suppose. I think it's a great way to fool riders because the hill may not look so high, but whoops!

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Po!nt of View: A different look at Roller Coasters.
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Saturday, May 5, 2001 4:15 PM
I believe the coaster at Bell's Amusement Park goes into a tunnel at the bottom of the first hill.
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Sunday, May 6, 2001 5:17 PM
Apollo's Chariot at BGW is a definite. I am 100% sure that is is only 170 ft tall but has a 210 ft drop. That 40 ft ditch into the river really helps Apollo gain its speed!

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Todd Steffey
~*Favorites*~
# 1 ~ Alpengeist
# 2 ~ Volcano
# 3 ~ Zippin Pippin
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Monday, May 7, 2001 3:57 AM
Steel Force gains 5ft. extra by diving "underground". It doesn't seem to be underground, but the park says it is.

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Talon=Awesome

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