Carowinds' Thunder Road wooden coaster opened in 1976 and had given nearly 40,000,000 rides before it carried its final guests on July 26, 2015. Named after the 1958 movie, 539,000 feet of treated wood was used to construct this dual-track, racing roller coaster that had an "out and back" layout starting from a 93-foot tall lift hill. During the ride you would actually travel on two US States – North Carolina and South Carolina – since Thunder Road was built over the border. In the later years, Carowinds operated one track with the train facing forwards and the opposite with the train facing backwards.
|1976||Wood||Out and Back Racer||Curtis D. Summers|
July 26, 2015 – Final day of operation
1995-2008 – One track operates with trains facing backwards.
Estimated cost: $1.6 million
Train has four cars with three rows each, seating two abreast per row.
Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall
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