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Robert Niles
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First look at the Silver Dollar City's Outlaw Run roller coaster trains

Published: November 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM

ORLANDO - Ready to go upside down on a wooden roller coaster? Here's your first look at the coaster train on which riders will be doing that at Missouri's Silver Dollar City in March:

Outlaw Run train

The Branson theme park unveiled its new Outlaw Run coaster train at the Rocky Mountain Construction booth at the 2012 IAAPA Attractions Expo today. Silver Dollar City General Manager Brad Thomas talked about the coaster, and what will make it unique:

"Silver Dollar City is in Branson, Missouri, in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, and if you've been there before, you know that the park is anything but flat. So taking the beauty and the terrain of the Ozark Mountains and building a roller coaster amongst all of the trees and all of the hills is fun and exciting and adds to the overall theming and well as the beauty of this ride.

"We are excited about Outlaw Run because it does three things no other coaster currently does. First of all, it will be the second-fastest wooden roller coaster on the planet at 68 mph. It will be steepest drop of any wooden roller coaster, with an 81-degree drop. And it will be the only wood coaster on the planet that takes you upside down... and we're going to take you upside down three times on this coaster."

After the unveiling, I spoke with Fred Grubb, the founder and president of Rocky Mountain Construction, which has designed and is building the coaster.

Grubb promises a ride as smooth as on his company's Texas Giant, and not the teeth-rattling experience on the late-and-not-missed Son of Beast, which was from another company and was the previous "only wooden coaster to go upside down" in the world.

Replies (5)

James Rao
Writer

Published: November 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

It looks beautiful! I cannot wait to ride next March.

Robert, thank you for including some of these lesser known parks in the Blog Flume. I, for one, appreciate the coverage.

Andy Guinigundo

Published: November 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Can't wait to get on this.....ummmm.....you first!
Mike Gallagher

Published: November 13, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Train reminds me a bit of El Toro's, but way more open at the front. Sweetness.
AJ Hummel

Published: November 13, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Those trains look spectacular. Hopefully they provide a nice smooth ride and don't tear up the track like some wooden coaster trains tend to do. It will be interesting to see whether these or Gravity Group's Timberliners handle inversions better on a wood coaster.
Chad H

Published: November 14, 2012 at 10:03 AM

"We are excited about Outlaw Run because it does three things no other coaster currently does. First of all, it will be the second-fastest wooden roller coaster on the planet at 68 mph. It will be steepest drop of any wooden roller coaster, with an 81-degree drop. And it will be the only wood coaster on the planet that takes you upside down... and we're going to take you upside down three times on this coaster."

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I see we're defining "Three things no other coaster does" very liberally these days, cos I only count 2 at best...

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