oldest rollercoaster

Tuesday, May 6, 2003 4:12 PM
can someone please tell me what the first and oldest rollercoaster is?
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Tuesday, May 6, 2003 4:26 PM
The first is a tricky one, depending on how you classify a "coaster."

The oldest is Leap The Dips at Lakemont Park in Altoona, PA.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2003 4:35 PM
ty kp for both
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Tuesday, May 6, 2003 4:41 PM
LtD is the oldest operating, but the Mauch Chunk Gravity Railway(imagine the Beast without the big drop, and 16 miles longer) was the first in America.

I have mountainbiked its course once, and it is very hilly.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2003 7:39 PM
There are actually plans in the works to rebuild the MCSR and operate it again. It will take some time though, they have been working on it for a good 15 years now.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2003 8:35 PM
I can only imagine how insane it must have been back then to ride something like MCSR with speeds of 100 MPH...
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Tuesday, May 6, 2003 10:56 PM
The oldest continually operating coaster (that is, unlike Leap the Dips etc., it has not had any considerable SBNOage) is Luna Park Melbourne's Scenic Railway, which has been going strong since 1912 (and amazingly, never seems to have been decently rehab'ed :)).

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Tuesday, May 6, 2003 11:53 PM
I would love to see photos of how Mauch Chunk Gravity Railway looks today. Does anyone have any photos of it?

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Wednesday, May 7, 2003 12:07 AM
Isn't Zippin Pippin at Libertyland the oldest continuously operating coaster? I think it is. It's been operating since 1915.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2003 3:05 AM
I believe Zippin Pippin's record is for North America's oldest continually operating. The world's is, as I said earlier, Luna Park's Scenic Railway, which turns 91 in December of this year.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2003 3:26 AM

Sawblade5 said:
I would love to see photos of how Mauch Chunk Gravity Railway looks today. Does anyone have any photos of it?

You can find some photos of what it used to look like here.

There is not really much of it left today, though the right of way for it still exists. I used to have a site with photos of the area saved, can't seem to find it now.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2003 8:26 AM
oldest operating is the Aerial Glide at Shipley Glen, UK, built in 1900, although the park is to be demolished later this year to make room for housing.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2003 8:44 AM
yea on the ball colin! i was about to mention that. aerial glide is the oldest coaster, built in 1900, but it's not very good, other than that i think the oldest is the scenic railway?!? that ride is good

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Wednesday, May 7, 2003 8:51 AM
Wow, look at those trains! That would be like riding the CP railway going over 100 mph! That makes me wish I could have ridden it! No restraints and pure speed... drool...
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Wednesday, May 7, 2003 1:06 PM
The oldest is Leap the Dips at Lakemont, which opened in 1902. The first coaster that was actually built for entertainment purposes was the Switchback Railway at Coney Island designed by La Marcus Thompson and opened in 1884. The Mauch Chunk Railway could be considered a rollercoaster but I think it was originally intended to be a railroad. Actually I think it was America's second one.
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Wednesday, May 7, 2003 1:10 PM
Could you please find a source that says that the Aerial Glide was built in 1900. The one that you have linked says 1900's. That is very different because many rollercoasters were built in the 1900's, but their not all the oldest.
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