This John A. Miller designed wooden coaster, serial #28, from 1919 is no more. The historic Jack Rabbit stood five-stories and had 1,380-feet of track laid out in a figure-8.
On August 5, 1998 an unfortunate accident occurred when the operator allowed the coaster train to go through the brake run, so passengers could ride again. Entering and leaving the station with too much speed, the three-car train derailed as it went around a turn before the lift, hitting the park's management office. Three people were injured.
After that accident the Jack Rabbit reopened the following year with a new train, but after the 2002 season, it was shut down again. An investigation following the accident found that the roller coaster train would regularly overshoot the skid brake run. It is believed that pressure from the park's liability insurance company forced them to close the ride. After standing, but not operating for five years the roller coaster was demolished in 2007. It's a shame that magnetic brakes were not more prevalent at that time. They could've solved the safety concerns.
|1919||Wood||Figure 8||John A. Miller, Philadelphia Toboggan Co.|
December 3, 2007 – Demolition of the Jack Rabbit begins.
1999 – Train Replaced
Train has three cars with three rows each, seating two abreast per row.
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