Specific Type: Wooden Out & Back
The Wildcat at Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT is a classic out and back wooden roller coaster built by Phialdelphia Toboggan Co. (PTC) and designed by the legendary Herbert Schmeck, whose other designs include the Knoebels Phoenix and the Comet at Hersheypark. The coaster, which is at the center of the park, was built in 1927. It has gone through many makeovers through the years. It was completely reconstructed in 1985 by Charlie Dinn & Curtis Summers. It was completely re-tracked in 1998. 2004 saw the final bunny hill re-tracked and seat dividers added to the PTC trains. Magnetic brakes were added to allow 2 train operations in 2007. Also new that year, were air gates in the station as well as individual seat belts for riders
The coaster is known for not being too intense. This makes it a popular ride among younger riders. The ride features a 78 ft first drop and a 48
mph top speed. The PTC trains accommodate 18 riders per train (3 cars of 6 each).
The ride starts out of the station with a right turn that takes riders past the transfer track and shed. Then a left turn leads to the chain lift hill. After completing the climb, riders take a 68 ft drop. The second hill banks slightly left down the next drop into two bunny hills. Next, is a turn to the right up a hill to the turn around hill. Riders descend the next drop into another series of airtime hills. After a turn to the left, the train hits three bunny hills the last entering the brake run before the station.
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