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Silver Comet
Silver comet station.jpg
Station
Fantasy Island
Coordinates 43°01′42″N 78°58′26″W / 43.02833°N 78.97389°W / 43.02833; -78.97389Coordinates: 43°01′42″N 78°58′26″W / 43.02833°N 78.97389°W / 43.02833; -78.97389
Status Temporarily Closed
Opening date May 1, 1999
General statistics
Type Wood
Manufacturer Custom Coasters International
Designer Dennis McNulty & Larry Bill
Track layout Triple Out and Back
Lift/launch system Chain lift
Height 82 ft (25 m)
Length 2,800 ft (850 m)
Speed 55 mph (89 km/h)
Duration 1:45
Max vertical angle 50°
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Trains Single train with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.
Silver Comet at RCDB
Pictures of Silver Comet at RCDB
Silver comet rollercoaster hill
First hill on the roller coaster

The Silver Comet is a wooden roller coaster with a hybrid steel frame at Fantasy Island in Grand Island, New York.

Walkthrough

A short drop is encountered immediately after leaving the station, quickly followed by a slight turn to the left. There is a short, straight section of track that is then followed by a U-turn to the left, leading to the 82-foot (25-metre) lift hill. The largest drop on the ride comes immediately after the train reaches the top of the lift hill, which is then followed by a slight turn to the left. Two small hills are encountered, before a large ascent that is followed by a wide-banked turn to the left and a small drop. There is a slight turn to the right followed by a large drop. There is another ascent that leads into a large U-turn to the right. There is another drop and ascent, followed by another turn to the right. A third grouping of a drop and ascent is encountered, followed this time by a turn to the left. A large drop is followed by a series of small hills, which lead into a rough turn to the left that includes changes in elevation. There is another series of drops and rises, followed by a slight turn to the right and the brake run, parallel to the lift hill. A small drop follows the brake run, which in turn leads into the station.

Station

The Silver Comet station used a similar design from the former Comet station at Crystal Beach Park. It was a wide building with a few comets on its facade. Both it and the old Comet station had a tower saying "comet" in five colors.

Train

There was one six-car train, with each car seating four riders for a total of 24 riders Each car contained individual lapbars, seat belts for each rider, and seat dividers. The train was built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. The train was originally Purple, later painted to look like a comet (Red, Orange, Yellow), and eventually was painted a metallic blue. The train itself however, was sold following the parks closure in 2020. It was sold to get refurbished and will eventually be sold again at a later date.

Trivia

  • The Silver Comet was inspired by the Comet roller coaster that is currently located at The Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom
  • This roller coaster has been placed in the top 50 worldwide wooden roller coaster list as of 2010.
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