Six Flags Great Adventure has big news for thrillseekers! The Jackson amusement park just finished laying the track for its new Jersey Devil roller coaster. Once open, it will be the world’s tallest, fastest and longest single-rail coaster. The last piece was installed yesterday, and topped off the coasters 130-foot high track. This tallest single-rail coaster will be yet another record-breaking rollercoaster for the park, which is also home to the world’s tallest roller coaster Kingda Ka.
When completed the Jersey Devil Coaster will take riders up 13 stories at speeds of 58 miles per hour. Riders will be in cars single file as they scream through the woods of Central Jersey on 3,000 feet of track, much like the infamous Jersey Devil of urban legend.
Other features of the coaster include:
- Four sleek trains of 12 passengers each sitting low and inline style (one rider per row) with their legs straddling either side of the monorail track
- 3,000 feet of soaring, single-rail, I-beam track
- Tension-building ascent up a towering, 130-foot lift hill
- Intense elements including a steep 87-degree first drop and overbank cutback
- Three dramatic inversions including a 180-degree stall, raven dive, and zero-gravity roll.
Ironworkers from the rides erection company, TCN & Co (based in Marlton) were on hand on January 25 to oversee the final piece of the orange coaster that stands tall in the park. This last piece of track is the top of the highest peak, and marks the apex of the 87-degree, vertical drop.
Now that the track is laid, the team will focus on the finishing touches, like the train carts and the all-important chain link lift mechanism that will hoist riders up to the top of the 13-story hill.
The coaster is set to open this year.