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Going off the (Wooden) Rails on a Crazy Train

By November 27, 2012

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Many steel coasters have upside-down elements, but as of 2012, there aren't any wooden coasters that include inversions. That's going to change in a big way next year, however, as there will be three (count 'em three) woodies that will send passengers head over heels. Technically, two of them, Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City, will be wood-steel hybrids and will incorporate steel into their tracks.

The third, Hades 360 at Mt. Olympus Theme Park, will maintain its traditional wooden coaster track but will swap out its trains for new Timberliners. The unique trains hug the tracks in a different way and, apparently (hopefully?), make inversions possible. You can read about the (wonderful) Timberliner trains in my review of the (non-inverting) Wooden Warrior coaster at Quassy Amusement Park.

You can also read about the newfangled woodies and other new rides coming next year in my Roller Coaster Ride Guide 2013.


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Photo: Mt. Olympus Theme Park.

November 28, 2012 at 4:43 pm
(1) TNT says:

Iron Rattler (like the New Texas Giant) is a steel coaster, the supports may be wood but the rails themselves are 100% steel. Outlaw Run is considered a wooden coaster because the rails contain mostly wood. If you don’t think Outlaw Run is wood look at it on google images, wooden roller coasters have lamented woods rails with a metal plate on top to lower the wear on the tracks and smooth out the ride, Outlaw Run has that its just a bit thicker. Also Outlaw Run is already in on http://www.rcdb.com as a wooden coaster, and the New Texas Giant is on there as a steel coaster not wood.

November 28, 2012 at 4:50 pm
(2) themeparks says:

Thanks for writing TNT. I understand and generally agree with everything you say. Maybe I didn’t word the blog quite right, but I do attempt to explain the Iron Horse and topper track subtleties here:
http://themeparks.about.com/od/rollercoasternews/a/Iron-Rattler-Six-Flags-Coaster-Preview.htm. Still, despite RCDB (and that is a terrific site), there is still some confusion about how to classify these new coasters. In the end, it really doesn’t matter though, as long as they are great rides, right?


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