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Thunder Road


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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.

Roller Coaster Stats

Year Track Type Designer
1976 Wood Out and Back Racer Curtis D. Summers
  • Height
  • Drop
  • Length
  • Top Speed
    miles per hour
  • Ride Time
    2 minutes, 10 seconds
    minutes : seconds
  • Number Of Trains
    4 - 24 passenger
  • Train Designer
    Philadelphia Toboggan Co.

Thunder Road Facts & History

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

Where to Coast

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