You must be ‘this’ tall to read this article. Luke Rix-Standing whizzes through the backstory of this fairground favourite.
There are few things more exhilarating, or – depending on your constitution – pant-filling, than hurtling through the air at 100 miles an hour, held in place solely by a metal bar, and periodically turning upside-down.
It sounds mad, and in many ways it is, but roller coasters have now carved themselves a niche as a linchpin of modern leisure.
We comb through the the loops, dips, corkscrews and helices that have made the modern roller coaster what it is today…
Health and safety
Given that engineering was, at one time in our history, predominantly based on trial and error, you could be forgiven for expecting the story of the roller coaster to be marked by lack of regulation and gruesome tragedies. In fact, the bloodbaths seen in films like Final Destination 3, where mass derailments lead to scores of fatalities, have never really happened in real life.