Steel Force

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Steel Force
Steel Force (Lift).jpg
Steel Force lift hill and return
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
Coordinates 40°34′44″N 75°32′17″W / 40.57889°N 75.53806°W / 40.57889; -75.53806Coordinates: 40°34′44″N 75°32′17″W / 40.57889°N 75.53806°W / 40.57889; -75.53806
Status Operating
Opening date May 30, 1997
Cost US$10,000,000
General statistics
Type Steel – Hypercoaster
Manufacturer D. H. Morgan Manufacturing
Designer Steve Okamoto
Model Hyper Coaster
Track layout Out and Back
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 200 ft (61 m)
Drop 205 ft (62 m)
Length 5,600 ft (1,700 m)
Speed 75 mph (121 km/h)
Duration 3:00
Max vertical angle 61°
Capacity 1,700 riders per hour
G-force 3.4
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Trains 3 trains with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 36 riders per train.
Fast Lane available
Steel Force at RCDB
Pictures of Steel Force at RCDB

Steel Force is a steel roller coaster located at Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Built by D. H. Morgan Manufacturing and designed by Steve Okamoto, the roller coaster opened to the public on May 30, 1997. Even though the coaster never broke any real records, it was titled as “the tallest and longest roller coaster on the east coast.”",[1] featuring a 205-foot (62 m) drop, 5,600 feet (1,700 m) of track, and a maximum speed of 75 mph (121 km/h).[2] Despite losing those titles over the years, Steel Force remains ranked as the eighth-longest steel coaster in the world tying it with Mamba at Worlds of Fun.[3]

History[edit]

Steel Force has been ranked among the top 10 steel coasters in the world.[4] Its logo was originally intended for the stand-up coaster Mantis, which opened at Cedar Point a year earlier. Mantis was originally going to be named “Banshee,” but the name and logo were changed prior to its debut.[5] Dorney Park adopted it for its Steel Force coaster a year later.[6]

Golden Ticket Awards: Top steel Roller Coasters
Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Ranking 4[7] 4[8] 6[9] 16[10] 11[11] 14[12] 15[13] 20[14] 18[15] 23[16] 27[17] 26[18] 39[19] 37[20] 37[21] 45[22] 37[23] 44[24]

Construction data[edit]

The following materials are included:

  • 2,000 tons of steel
  • 12,150,000 pounds (5,510,000 kg) of concrete footers
  • 2,742 anchor bolts

Ride elements[edit]

  • Two 120-foot-long (37 m) tunnels
  • 510-degree downward helix
  • Double-up
  • On-ride photo camera (between the last two airtime hills)

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Salter, Rosa (May 20, 1997). "Dorney Park's Steel Force Is Engineered To Deliver A Thrilling Performance". The Morning Call. Retrieved April 6, 2018. 
  2. ^ Marden, Duane. "Steel Force  (Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved April 6, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Record Holders - Length". RCDB.com. Retrieved April 6, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Top 10 Coasters". Ultimate Rollercoaster. 1999. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Marden, Duane. "Mantis  (Cedar Point)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Marden, Duane. "Steel Force  (Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Top 25 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. August 2000. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Top 25 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 7B. August 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Top 25 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 7B. September 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 14–15B. September 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 18–19B. September 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 3, 2007. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 26–27B. September 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 26–27B. September 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 11 (6.2): 36–37. September 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 12 (6.2): 36–37. September 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 13 (6.2): 32–33. September 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 14 (6.2): 34–35. September 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 15 (6.2): 38–39. September 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 16 (6.2): 36–37. September 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  20. ^ "2013 Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 17 (6.2): 34–35. September 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  21. ^ "2014 Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 18 (6.2): 46–47. September 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  22. ^ "2015 Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 19 (6.2): 49–50. September 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  23. ^ "2016 Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 20 (6.2): 50. September 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  24. ^ "2017 Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today. 21 (6.2): 46. September 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 

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