Idlewild coaster to reopen with new train two years after accident

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2018 5:07 PM | Contributed by PhantomTails

The 80-year-old Rollo Coaster has been closed since Aug. 11, 2016, when a 3-year-old Jeannette boy was thrown from one of its cars as it rounded a bend. Declan McClain fell 10 feet and spent nearly two months in a Pittsburgh hospital. A new coaster train arrived last week.

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Friday, April 13, 2018 12:48 PM

Interesting. A 10 seat PTC train. I wonder what that will do to capacity. I also wonder if that is a misprint, as most of the PTC's I've seen on the smaller coasters always have 4 seats per car.

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Friday, April 13, 2018 5:49 PM

I wonder if it's an articulated train? They bought the rights and patterns to the Morgan Mfg Co coaster trains a while back. I know that they have been supplying parts for the existing ones, but I'm not sure if they have actually sold a complete train since the bought the line.

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Friday, April 13, 2018 7:56 PM

But.... capacity....

Hopefully the trains will be light enough so the entire structure doesn’t collapse into the hillside.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018 11:06 PM

Glad to see this coaster reopening. It’s a fun little, interesting hillside ride. It was also my daughter Ava’s first woodie.


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Sunday, April 15, 2018 11:37 PM

I liked it too. I’ve been to Idlewild three or four times and I thought Rollo Coaster was so unique and so super old-fashioned. And fun. With new PTC trains some of that vintage feel will be gone, but at least it’s saved.

When Boulderdash was built at Compounce I couldn’t help but think someone must have wished along with me for a similar but thrill-packed, large-sized version of Rollo Coaster.

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Friday, April 20, 2018 1:36 PM

It is a unique and charming little ride.


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