History of the Roller Coaster

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Mayra Valdez Per: 8 3/3/14 History of the Roller Coaster A Roller Coaster is a ride that is developed for amusement parks and theme parks. A roller coaster consists of a track that has patterns, sometimes there are lots of loops and they can turn upside down. A roller coaster can have a car or two that are hooked together and that is called a train. But not all of them have two or more hooked together there are some only with single cars. Roller coasters have been in existence since the 1700’s and since then many records have set among the highest and fastest roller coaster, but there have also been several accident and tragedies. A steel roller coaster is a roller coaster that is defined by having a track made of steel. A roller coaster with running rails made of flattened steel strips mounted on laminated wooden track. Steel coasters have a generally smoother ride than their wooden counterparts and due to their strength rides can have more complex and faster turns and twists without injuring riders. Although some coaster enthusiasts prefer wooden coasters because the ride tosses you around more making the ride feel more dangerous and giving a larger adrenaline rush. The fact that fewer supports are needed means steel roller coasters have made a large variety of features possible, such as Loops, Barrel Rolls, Corkscrews, Zero-G Rolls and Beyond 90° Drops. Wood roller coasters have been around a lot longer where as steel coasters are relatively recent inventions. Roller coasters have been here since the 1700’s and still here. The oldest roller coasters are from the “Russian Mountain,” which was especially constructed hills of ice located around Saint Petersburg, Russia. In the 17th century, the sides were built to a height that was between 70 feet (21 m) and 80 feet (24m), consists of a 50 degree drop, and were reinforced by wooden. There is some dispute

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