New Largest Wooden Roller-Coaster Uses American Materials

New Largest Wooden Roller-Coaster Uses American Materials

Tourists in Wuhu, Anhui recently test-rode a new wooden roller-coaster which is the largest of its kind in East China. The construction, which is 1060m long and features a 32m drop is entirely pieced together with American wood with the exception of its base. Reaching speeds of up to 91km/h, one test rider said he didn’t dare open his eyes, with the drop feeling like falling into an abyss. Some netizens questioned the safety of the construction, whilst some were angered at the fact that American timber was used, asking what was wrong with Chinese wood.

Source: qq

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  • WghUk

    Well tell the visitors it’s made of Chinese wood and see what happens…

  • Amused

    I think I’d be far more concerned with who put it together than where the materials were sourced from if I was going to get on it…

    • mr.wiener

      It looks like an accident waiting to happen.

  • Foreign Devil

    I thought wood rollercoasters are not built anymore because steel is superior. Better use american wood than bamboo and rare endangered wood from the Yunnan tropical rainforests.

    • Vance

      Wooden coasters give a different ride than steel coasters. They can do more with steel, but the wood gives a rougher ride. Some find this, along with the rickety sound that the train makes on the track, to be a bigger thrill.

  • Apothis

    Chinese wood tends to be smaller and not as hard…..or so I have heard.

    • Alex Dương

      It’s OK to be bicurious.

      • Apothis

        I was thinking more about the plight of Chinese women…..

        • Alex Dương

          C’mon, you know there was a landmark Supreme Court ruling two weeks ago, right?

          • Apothis

            Tongue-in-cheek Alex….just making a joke.

          • Alex Dương

            I know. If I were better at puns, I’d have gotten “bundles of sticks” (wink wink) into the discussion without causing offense to anyone.

  • Bobby

    Chinese wood too… No I’m not gonna say it.

    • Jahar

      By saying you’re not going to say it you are essentially saying it.

      • Bobby

        Its only been said in your head. :P

        • Jahar

          Don’t think about elephants.

  • Ken Ong

    If the maker is American, then it makes sense. They probably had to make and assemble the ride in the USA for testing first, before re-assembling in China. No point shipping raw material from China to USA, then back again.

  • David

    I don’t think there is any problem with Chinese wood (after all wood is wood if it is the same kind) I think, as Amused pointed out, who were the engineers and construction workers who put it together would be my real concern. I have ridden on lots of wooden coasters in the states and never a problem (even old crappy ones in the 60’s) but they had nuts on all the bolts.

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