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The Nightmare

Joyland Amusement Park

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Joyland's Roller Coaster was world renowned for being one of the last surviving original wooden roller coasters. Designed by Herb Schmeck and John Allen and built by Philadelphia Tobbogan Coaster, this 2,600-foot long wooden coaster had as 76-foot drop and a top speed of 50 miles-per-hour. Designated an ACE Coaster Classic it was the only wooden coaster in North America using vintage rolling stock with fixed position lap bars when it closed on August 14, 2004. Unfortunately, after standing-but-not-operating for 10 years (2005-2015), the elements and vandals left the property owners with no choice but to demolish this historic roller coaster.

Roller Coaster Details

Year Track Type Designer
1949 Wood Out and Back Herb Schmeck, John Allen, PTC

Roller Coaster Stats

  • Drop: 76 feet
  • Height: 70 feet
  • Length: 2,600 feet
  • Trains: 2 - 18 passenger
  • Top Speed: 50 mph
  • Train Mfg: Philadelphia Toboggan Co.

The Nightmare Facts

ACE Coaster Classic

2015 – Roller coaster is demolished

August 15, 2004 - 2015 – Standing but not operating (SBNO)

2006 - "Roller Coaster" is renamed The Nightmare.

The only roller coaster in North America using vintage PTC rolling stock with fixed position lap bars.

Estimated cost: $75,000

Train has three cars with three rows each, seating two abreast per row.

Where to Coast

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