Roller coaster elements are the individual parts and design of the rides themselves and are discussed quite frequently by enthusiasts and the general public alike. As roller coasters become more inventive and elaborate, elements are becoming more novel and thrilling to us all. In fact, many people refer to these as thrill elements.
The original roller coasters were wooden structures with tracks that had cars riding on them. The
cars were pulled up the initial lift hill via a chain mechanism, brought to the top and released so
cars could freely ride the track down the initial drop – so lift hills, chain lifts, and drops are all roller coaster elements. These first coasters didn’t have many other elements other than these and a turn which brought the cars back towards the station and a brake to stop the car.
As roller coaster building brought us more thrilling rides the elements started become more elaborate
trying to give the rider a heightened thrill. As wooden coasters became more thrilling, steel coasters were created which were able to have even more thrilling elements created for them. Ultimately newer types of roller coasters would be developed which combined the two types of structures called hybrids and they would have even more thrilling elements. All of these elements would be sought out by enthusiasts all over the world.
What may have started as ride with simple elements has become more and more elaborate giving riders amazing thrills. Here are some of the most notable wooden coaster elements:
With the invention of steel coasters as an alternative to wooden ones, the possibility of new elements that wouldn’t be possible on wooden coasters was borne.
These are only some of the roller coaster elements you will find on your favorite rides – there are many more. As roller coaster manufacturers create more intense and exciting experiences you’ll soon find even more of these, many that will make your heart skip a beat.
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