ROLLER COASTER PICTURES: 125 Years of Thrills

ROLLER COASTER PICTURES: 125 Years of Thrills
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The Product of 125 Years of Coaster Science

A hundred and tewnty-five years after the first U.S. roller coaster, the coaster arms race is still testing the extremes of height and speed—and increasingly the limits of the human body.

One of today's big guns, Top Thrill Dragster, may not offer much in the way of classical winding twists and turns, but delivers the high octane thrills of its namesake.

The coaster towers 42 stories above terra firma at the Cedar Point in Ohio and takes riders from 0 to 120 miles an hour (190 kilometers an hour) in a breathtaking four seconds.
—Photograph courtesy Cedar Point Amusement Park/Resort
 
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