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.
- Amusement park (List of amusement parks).
- 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.
- Train (roller coaster) - A roller coaster train is a vehicle made up of two or more cars connected by specialized joints which transports passengers around a roller coaster's circuit.
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- Theme Park Insider www
Readers' picks for top theme parks and attractions for adults, Park Insider, kids, and toddlers. Includes reviews, links, discussion board, and safety and accident information.
- News Coaster News Network www
News and state-by-state information on coasters and parks. Coaster News Network.
- 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.
- News, Roller Coaster World www
News, Coaster World, reviews, information on upcoming coasters, links, and discussion groups. Roller Coaster World.
- 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.
- Photos Negative-G www
Photos and reviews, Negative-G, and information on a self-built coaster. Also some No Limits tracks. Negative-G.
- Reviews, Inversion Force www
Reviews, Force, trip reports, wallpaper, and designs for coaster games. Inversion Force.
- Features COASTERnet www
Features include news, COASTERnet, rumors, photo galleries, a glossary, editorials, downloads, forums, and a quiz. COASTERnet.
- Features, America Coasters Network www
Features, Coasters Network, information, and ride details on roller coasters and thrill rides. America Coasters Network.
- 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.
- Discussion Thrill Seeker www
Discussion forum, Seeker, chat, news, rumors, and reviews. Thrill Seeker.
- Search Coaster Search www
Search engine that looks through coaster-related websites. Coaster Search.
- Humorous Absolutely Reliable News & Rumors www
Humorous reports about parks, Reliable News & Rumors, coaster enthusiasts, and individual rides. Absolutely Reliable News & Rumors.
- Member-powered CoasterBuzz www
Member-powered portal includes a database of coasters and parks, CoasterBuzz, news reports, message boards, and links. CoasterBuzz.
- Pictures How Roller Coasters Work www
Pictures and descriptions of how roller coasters work and the related principles of physics. How Roller Coasters Work.
- Provides WestCoaster www
Provides news, WestCoaster, rumors, and reviews for coasters at parks in California. WestCoaster.
- Community CoasterFuel www
Community site offers discussion forum, CoasterFuel, photo gallery, and shopping. CoasterFuel.
- 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.
- Community-based CoasterFanatics.com www
Community-based site offers discussion forum, CoasterFanatics.com, coaster listings, photo gallery, and an event calendar. CoasterFanatics.com.
- Includes RCPro www
Includes real park and coaster recreations, RCPro, utilities, a spotlight competition, forums, and instructions for using custom music files. RCPro.
- Coaster Realcoasters.com www
Coaster photography with original pictures by Gustavo Vanderput. Realcoasters.com. Pictures of individual elements and a mystery photo. Realcoasters.com.
- Personal Osian's Page www
Personal site provides trip reports, Page, a survey, model coaster pictures, and information on Alton Towers. Osian's Page.
- 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 Coasterville www
Community forums, Coasterville, trip reports, coaster history and terminology, and preservation projects. Coasterville.
- Weekly CoasterRadio.com www
Weekly half-hour podcast dedicated to roller coasters, CoasterRadio.com, theme parks and thrill rides. CoasterRadio.com.
- 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.
- Website Mondial Rides www
Website for Mondial Rides, Rides, creators of thrilling flat rides worldwide. Mondial Rides.
- Top Pure Coasters www
Top ten list, Coasters, photographs, and information on inverted coasters, hypercoasters, and the works of Bolliger and Mabillard. Pure Coasters.
- 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.
- Allows Ultra Coaster www
Allows creation of a roller coaster ride, Coaster, and then produces a 3-D simulation. Ultra Coaster.
- Photographs Coaster Photo Central www
Photographs sorted alphabetically or by park, Photo Central, and images from events organized by enthusiast groups. Also trip reports and park information, particularly for Texas parks. Coaster Photo Central.
- Fan themagiceye www
Fan site showing pictures, themagiceye, prices and history of the Blackpool Pleasure Beach Rides including the Virginia Reel. UK themagiceye.
- 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