Record Breaking Wooden Roller Coaster Unveiled in Branson
BRANSON, Mo. (KMOX) — It’s being touted as the “World’s Steepest drop for a wooden roller coaster,” and it’s launching in Branson Friday.
Silver Dollar City officials say the “Outlaw Run” is also the only wood coaster to twist upside down, something officials say it does three times during the and the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world. Just how steep is the drop, 16 stories or 162 feet. Officials also bill the “Outlaw” as the fastest wood coaster in the world with top speeds of 68 miles per hour.
Officials say because of what’s called, “Topper Track,” the six layers of wood stack track will not expand and contract with weather or loosen due to movement of the train itself. 450,000 board feet of lumber was used to construct the ride, designed by industry expert Fred Grubb and his Rocky Mountain Construction engineering team. And in case you are wondering if you’ll be jerked around in the fast moving train cars, there is a suspension system with shock absorbers unlike traditional wood coasters that use a foam system. And the train cars were built with today’s body type in mind. The seats are constructed to fit someone up to 6’8” and a rider weighing 320 pounds. There is still however a 48” height requirement.
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