Oldest operating coasters

Sunday, December 3, 2000 5:42 PM
O.K. I know Leap the Dips in Pennsylvania is the oldest. I wanted to know what the next oldest coasters are that are still operational.

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"DONT FIGHT IT, RIDE IT",,,,RAGING BULL
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Sunday, December 3, 2000 6:02 PM
Here is the answer to your question along with the next 17 oldest and still in operation:

1. Leap-the-Dips, Lakemont Park, Altoona, PA
opened 1902
2. Scenic Railway 1912 Luna Park, Melbourne,
Australia
3. Rutschbanen 1914 Tivoli, Copenhagen, Denmark
4. Jack Rabbit 1919 Clementon Amusement Park, Clementon, NJ
5. Jack Rabbit 1920 Sea Breeze Park Rochester, NY
6. Scenic Railway 1920 Dreamland, Margate, UK
7. Jack Rabbit 1921 Kennywood, West Mifflin, PA
8. oller Coaster 1921 Lagoon, Farmington, UT
9. Zippin Pippin 1923* Libertyland, Memphis, TN
10. Big Dipper 1923 Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, UK
11. Giant Dipper 1924 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, CA
12. Giant Dipper 1925 Belmont Park, San Diego, CA
13. Big Dipper 1925 Geauga Lake, Aurora, OH
14. Wildcat 1927 Lake Compounce, Bristol, CT
15. Legend 1927 Arnolds Park, Arnolds Park, IA (Thanks for the correction)
16. Cyclone 1927 Astroland - Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY
17. Racer 1927 Kennywood, West Mifflin, PA
18. Little Dipper 1928 Playland, Rye, NJ
19. Dragon Coaster 1929 Playland, Rye, NY

Here is the link to were I got this list.

http://www.napha.org/faq.html

It also has other various facts from the oldest operating park to other various facts.

This is something that I ran across while surfing the net the other day. If the list is incorrect then tell National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA) not me. You can use this to contact them: http://www.napha.org/contact.html

Hope you enjoy.




*** This post was edited by Tornado on 12/3/2000. *** *** This post was edited by Tornado on 12/3/2000. ***
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Sunday, December 3, 2000 6:07 PM
Arnold's park's coaster has since been renamed Legend

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Randy Hutchinson
You build it, I'll ride it
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Monday, December 4, 2000 4:26 AM
How about Wild One at Six Flags America, opened in 1917. Does this not count since it doesn't operate in its original location?
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Monday, December 4, 2000 5:34 AM
I've ridden the Scenic Railway at Luna Park Melbourne a few years ago. Great fun! There are two ride operators who push the two car train onto the lift chain. One jumps inbetween the cars & mans the brake lever standing up throughout the ride. The front car jumps like half a foot upon engaging the chain scaring the **** out of first timers! Hehehe ;-)

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Coasters - The Ultimate Creation!
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Monday, December 4, 2000 5:58 AM
I have been on both Giant Dippers, great fun. You can tell that they have "something" about them that makes them classic. I wish they had better rolling stock, however.

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So you want a coaster in your backyard? I hope you have a big backyard.
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Monday, December 4, 2000 10:32 AM
Where' the Wild One. It counts it was made in 1917.

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What is life without geniuses?
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Monday, December 4, 2000 11:41 AM
The Wild One was built at Paragon Park in Mass. in 1917(named "Giant Coaster" I believe). In the late '80s, after the park closed down, the Wild One was moved piece by piece to Six Flags America, where it resides today. Charles Dinn, the builder of The Beast, mediated the move, and added the final helix.

In 1999, the rolling stocks were changed to PTC ratcheting lapbar trains, and the coaster was retracked. Personally, I liked the old trains, but like the retracking more.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2000 5:02 PM
Not very creative with names back in the day, were they?

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"Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day and drink beer."
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Tuesday, December 5, 2000 5:17 PM
In defense of the less than creative names, there were 1500+ coasters around (in the USA alone) in the boom years. That is a lot of coasters to name!! Even today, there are plenty of same name coasters, and there are far less today then in the 20's.

I love that signature, Intamin2K. LOL!!

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So you want a coaster in your backyard? I hope you have a big backyard.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2000 5:22 PM
Well, can you imagine a 20's era coaster with the name 'Millenium Force'?

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Coasters - Man's finest creation or is it God's?
Australia's No. 1 Coaster Fan
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Tuesday, December 5, 2000 5:24 PM
Or "Millennium Force," for that matter.

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How dare you vanquish the Steel Phantom without his consent? Fear the Phantom's Revenge.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2000 8:54 PM
Ooops! I actually typed two 'n's then thought, nah that's not right. My bad.

How about 'Millennium Falcon'?

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Coasters - Man's finest creation or is it God's?
Australia's No. 1 Coaster Fan
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Wednesday, December 6, 2000 12:17 PM
No problem. It's just a pet peeve of some people out there, so I thought I'd just point it out before some tore you a new one for it. ;)

And I understand quite a few people have actually heard patrons call it the Millennium Falcon. I'll bet the park saw that one coming, too.

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How dare you vanquish the Steel Phantom without his consent? Fear the Phantom's Revenge.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2000 12:34 PM
Dorney Parks Thunderhawk was built in 1927. I'm not sure if thats the date it was originally built or when it was turned into it's current layout.
Williams Grove Cyclone is old too I think that was built in 1933. It's just amazing it keeps running year after year. I actually think Coney Islands Thunderbolt is still in better shape than this coaster. Anyone who saw it knows its condition.

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2000 stats: 135 coasters in 26 parks
Not Too Shabby For A Summer

AOL & MSN IM Name: coasterpunk
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Wednesday, December 6, 2000 2:58 PM
How can it be in better shape if it has been torn down?!

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Ride: Roller Coaster
I know its a roller coaster...what's the real name?
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Wednesday, December 6, 2000 4:31 PM
Therein lies the comedic value.

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How dare you vanquish the Steel Phantom without his consent? Fear the Phantom's Revenge.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2000 5:08 PM
Here's three examples of how bad the WG Cyclone is. I know older woodie lifthills shift but the Cyclones shifts to the left then the right and also dips up and down. The areas of the track are pieced together with tiny (maybe 12 inch) pieces. If thats not bad enough on the far turnaround as the train rattles around you can actually see the track vibrating off the wood. Several years ago someone backed into part of it with a truck and knocked a section over!

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2000 stats: 135 coasters in 26 parks
Not Too Shabby For A Summer

AOL & MSN IM Name: coasterpunk
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