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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 
   
Crew  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. 
   
 AWARDS
 
2005 and 2006 Amusement Today Golden Ticket Award winner for Top Wooden Rollercoaster
 
 Placed fifth on the 2013 Top 50 Best Wooden Coaster rankings from Amusement Today