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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 2014 Top 50 Best Wooden Coaster rankings from Amusement Today

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