The roller coaster is an outgrowth of the runaway train rides of yesteryear. Materials used for construction now include steel, wood trestle and virtual ride-enclosures. Roller Coasters Attractions Theme Parks Recreation.
- Wikipedia: A roller coaster is a type of amusement ride that employs a form of elevated railroad track designed with tight turns, steep slopes, and sometimes inversions. People ride along the track in open cars, and the rides are often found in amusement parks and theme parks around the world. LaMarcus Adna Thompson obtained one of the first known patents for a roller coaster design in 1885, related to the Switchback Railway that opened a year earlier at Coney Island. The track in a coaster design does not necessarily have to be a complete circuit, as shuttle roller coasters demonstrate. Most roller coasters have multiple cars in which passengers sit and are restrained. Two or more cars hooked together are called a train. Some roller coasters, notably wild mouse roller coasters, run with single cars.
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- Euthanasia Coaster - The Euthanasia Coaster is an art concept for a steel roller coaster designed to kill its passengers. In 2010, it was designed and made into a scale model by Julijonas Urbonas, a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art in London.
- RollerCoaster Tycoon .
- Thrillville: Off the Rails ? video game with roller coaster design simulator.
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- Weekly CoasterRadio.com www
Weekly half-hour podcast dedicated to roller coasters, CoasterRadio.com, theme parks and thrill rides. CoasterRadio.com.
- Features COASTERnet www
Features include news, COASTERnet, rumors, photo galleries, a glossary, editorials, downloads, forums, and a quiz. COASTERnet.
- Personal Osian's Page www
Personal site provides trip reports, Page, a survey, model coaster pictures, and information on Alton Towers. Osian's Page.
- Pictures How Roller Coasters Work www
Pictures and descriptions of how roller coasters work and the related principles of physics. How Roller Coasters Work.
- Discussion Thrill Seeker www
Discussion forum, Seeker, chat, news, rumors, and reviews. Thrill Seeker.
- Humorous Absolutely Reliable News & Rumors www
Humorous reports about parks, Reliable News & Rumors, coaster enthusiasts, and individual rides. Absolutely Reliable News & Rumors.
- Community Coasterville www
Community forums, Coasterville, trip reports, coaster history and terminology, and preservation projects. Coasterville.
- News Coaster News Network www
News and state-by-state information on coasters and parks. Coaster News Network.
- Features, America Coasters Network www
Features, Coasters Network, information, and ride details on roller coasters and thrill rides. America Coasters Network.
- Features Coaster Grotto www
Features a collection of theme park and coaster reviews, Grotto, statistics, photos, and online community for enthusiasts. Coaster Grotto.
- Amusement Ultimate Rollercoaster www
Amusement attraction trade publication and guide for roller coasters, Rollercoaster, theme parks and thrill rides features discussion forums, history articles, ride reviews, park news, photographs and searchable park and ride database. Ultimate Rollercoaster.
- Reviews, Inversion Force www
Reviews, Force, trip reports, wallpaper, and designs for coaster games. Inversion Force.
- Information Coaster 2000 www
Information about rides that opened in 2000, 2000, and trip reports from an expedition to visit the new rides. Coaster 2000.
- Community CoasterFuel www
Community site offers discussion forum, CoasterFuel, photo gallery, and shopping. CoasterFuel.
- Member-powered CoasterBuzz www
Member-powered portal includes a database of coasters and parks, CoasterBuzz, news reports, message boards, and links. CoasterBuzz.
- Photos Negative-G www
Photos and reviews, Negative-G, and information on a self-built coaster. Also some No Limits tracks. Negative-G.
- Search Coaster Search www
Search engine that looks through coaster-related websites. Coaster Search.
- Community-based CoasterFanatics.com www
Community-based site offers discussion forum, CoasterFanatics.com, coaster listings, photo gallery, and an event calendar. CoasterFanatics.com.
- Provides WestCoaster www
Provides news, WestCoaster, rumors, and reviews for coasters at parks in California. WestCoaster.
- Coaster Realcoasters.com www
Coaster photography with original pictures by Gustavo Vanderput. Realcoasters.com. Pictures of individual elements and a mystery photo. Realcoasters.com.
- News, Roller Coaster World www
News, Coaster World, reviews, information on upcoming coasters, links, and discussion groups. Roller Coaster World.
- Another Coasters Mayhem www
Another site by Mike Herriot all about Roller Coasters. Mayhem. From Six Flags Magic Mountain to La ronde, from Blackpool pleasure beach to Alton Towers. Coasters Mayhem.
- Searchable Roller Coaster DataBase www
Searchable database of all known existing and defunct parks and coasters worldwide, Coaster DataBase, including statistics, photographs, and press releases. Links to official park sites are provided where available. Roller Coaster DataBase.
- Community ThrillNetwork www
Community for coaster enthusiasts includes messages boards and chat, ThrillNetwork, as well as news, rumors, and information about coasters. Offers an exchange zone for tracks from simulation games. ThrillNetwork.
- Pictures Mike Robinson's Coaster Site www
Pictures from coaster conventions, Robinson's Coaster Site, ACE events, parks and a tribute to Houston's lost metal coaster, Excalibur. Mike Robinson's Coaster Site.
- Includes RCPro www
Includes real park and coaster recreations, RCPro, utilities, a spotlight competition, forums, and instructions for using custom music files. RCPro.
- Exhibit Amusement Park Physics www
Exhibit showing how the laws of physics affect amusement park design. Park Physics. Design your own rollercoaster. Find out information about amusement park ride safety statistics and related information. Amusement Park Physics.
- The Directory of State Amusement Ride Safety Officials www
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission's list of state offices dedicated to ride safety. State Amusement Ride Safety Officials. [PDF Format - Requires Adobe Acrobat]. Directory of State Amusement Ride Safety Officials.
- Manufactures Chance Rides www
Manufactures the "Big Dipper" family coaster and a number of other amusement rides. Chance Rides.
- Attraction Setpoint www
Attraction and control system engineering design and manufacturing. Setpoint. Includes past projects, contact information, product documentation, and press clippings. Setpoint.
- Information RollerCoaster's Paradise www
Information about and trip reports from parks in France, Paradise, Canada, and the United States. Site is in English and French. RollerCoaster's Paradise.
- Top Pure Coasters www
Top ten list, Coasters, photographs, and information on inverted coasters, hypercoasters, and the works of Bolliger and Mabillard. Pure Coasters.
- Allows Ultra Coaster www
Allows creation of a roller coaster ride, Coaster, and then produces a 3-D simulation. Ultra Coaster.
- Photographs Montañas Rusas www
Photographs of coasters from parks in Mexico. Montañas Rusas.
- Roller Coasterimage.com www
Roller coaster enthusiast site offering pictures, Coasterimage.com, videos, and downloads. The main feature is an image gallery with thousands of amusement park photos. Coasterimage.com.
- Photographs Roller Coaster Models www
Photographs of non-working models of currently-running, Coaster Models, defunct, and custom-designed rides; some models are for sale. Information on building models is available but requires Flash. Roller Coaster Models.
- Features David's Amusement Ride Extravaganza www
Features history, Amusement Ride Extravaganza, photos, and patent images of various rides. David's Amusement Ride Extravaganza.
- Features Random Terrain's Tilt-A-Whirl Tribute www
Features images and links related to the amusement park ride. Random Terrain's Tilt-A-Whirl Tribute.
- Alexa: Roller Coasters Attractions
Alexa Directory Top Sites: Roller Coasters Attractions
- DMOZ: Roller Coasters Attractions
dmoz.org Directory: Roller Coasters Attractions