SLUSHIE wrote:There is also a corkscrew clone at Silverwood, which is the one that was relocated from Knott's, so it's the first one and the first ever inverting roller coaster.
Well, not quite.
inverting coaster, yes. First safe
inverting coaster, also yes. But first? No.
Copying and pasting from Wikipedia because I'm lazy >.>
The first inversion in roller coaster history was part of the Centrifugal Railway of Paris, France, built in 1848. It consisted of a 43-foot (13-meter) sloping track leading into a nearly circular vertical loop 13 feet (3.9 m) in diameter. During the early 1900s, many rides including vertical loops appeared around the world. These early loops had a major design flaw: the circular structure produced intense g-forces (hereafter "Gs"). The Flip-Flap Railway, designed by Lina Beecher and built in 1898 on Coney Island of Brooklyn, United States, had a 25-foot circular loop at the end which though initially popular caused some discomfort in passenger's necks, and the ride soon closed. In 1903, the same person built Loop-the-Loops, another looping coaster, in the same park. This time the loops were slightly oval-shaped rather than circular, though not clothoid in shape like modern loops. Although the ride was safe, it had a low capacity, loading four people every five minutes (48 people per hour, compared to 1800 riders per hour on Corkscrew, an early modern coaster that opened in 1976), and was poorly received after the discomfort of the Flip-Flap Railway. As their novelty wore off and their dangerous reputation spread, compounded with the developing Great Depression, the early looping coasters faded and disappeared.