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THUNDERHEAD FACT SHEET

Cost:
$7 million 
     
Unique feature:
World’s first “fly through” station where the coaster roars through the station at approximately 40 mph on a track located eight feet above the loading platform, providing waiting guests with an up-close preview of what’s to come. Thunderhead has 14 bridges with its track crossing over and under itself 32 times.
     
Opened:    March 2004 
     
Track Length:    3,230 feet 
     
Turns:    22 
     
Tallest Drop:    100-foot plunge into an extreme-speed “S” curve
     
Maximum Speed:    55 mph 
     
Trains:    12 (24-passengers each) 
     
Ride Duration:    2 minutes, 30 seconds 
     
Wooden track decking:    10 miles 
     
Support towers (bents):    521 
     
Piers:    1,600 
     
Manufacturer:    Great Coasters International 
     
Minimum Height Requirement:    48 inches 

 

QUANTITY OF MATERIALS USED IN CONSTRUCTION

Lumber: 
700,000 board feet of Southern yellow pine (enough to fill 30 tractor trailers) 
     
Concrete:    3,600 yards 
     
Bolts:    250,000 
     
Screws:    2 million 
     
Rebar steel:    185,000 feet 

Crews from Tennessee, Texas, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and California were involved in Thunderhead’s construction which required the use of 300,000 tons of heavy equipment.