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Texas Theme Park Opening Unique Wooden ‘Switchback’ Roller Coaster

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | October 16, 2015

Texas Theme Park Opening Unique Wooden ‘Switchback’ Roller Coaster

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When the "Switchback" roller coaster opens to the public on Saturday, Oct. 17, it will become the world’s only wooden forward and backward shuttle coaster.

Opening at ZDT’s Amusement Park in Seguin, Texas, is reporting "Switchback will becomes the first wooden roller coaster to go both forwards and backwards on the same track. The ride accomplishes the unique feat by using an 87-degree mid-course dead-end track—dubbed the Grand Spike—to reverse the direction of passengers.

The one-of-a-kind attraction also features a 62-foot plunge, multiple tunnels, a 104-degree overbanked turn and a total of 10 airtime moments. The roller coaster is designed by Gravity Group, and it was inspired by the first roller coaster built in the United States, the Switchback Railway, built in 1884.

Gravity Group engineer and partner Chad Miller spoke to Attractions Magazine about the ride:

“The design of Switchback has been one of the most exciting and challenging endeavors of my 17 years in the business. To be part of something this different and unique has been incredibly fun. It’s always great to be a part of a project that has high levels of involvement and passion on the part of the park owners. But the Donhauser family at ZDT’s took this to a new level. This coaster would not be what it is without their ambition and courage to put something completely new on the amusement industry map.”

The official YouTube page of Attractions Magazine shared footage of "Switchback" in action:

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