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Who invented roller coasters?

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Asked by Gaurav vyas, 01 Aug '09 09:26 pm
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The first wheeled roller coaster was invented in Russia too, built in 1784 in St. Petersburg. The rides then made their way to Paris, where a wheeled coaster attraction was opened in 1804. But there were problems. The wheels often fell off and the cars did not always stop at the end of the track.

It was in Paris where the phrase roller coaster originated. Early rides used tracks made of rollers and sleds with runners -- thus the art of roller coasting. The name stuck after runners were replaced with wheels.

Early coaster rides came in two parts. Riders rolled down one hill to the bottom and then walked up a second hill to get enough height for the return trip. The coasters were dragged uphill by attendants.

The first ride resembling modern roller coasters opened in Paris in 1817. Called Promenades Aeriennes, or Aerial Walks, it had two separate, continuous tracks. Its cars were locked onto the track and reached speeds of 40 mph. The speed gave the coasters enough momentum t ...more
Answered by anantharaman, 01 Aug '09 10:06 pm

 
  
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Historians agree that the ride's origins were the Russian Ice Slides.
Answered by blue ocean, 01 Aug '09 09:38 pm

 
  
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