Playland roller-coaster wins classic status
Published Sunday, July 12, 2009 6:23PM PDT
The American Coaster Enthusiasts group has honoured a famous roller-coaster in Vancouver with "classic" and "landmark" status. Playland's wooden roller-coaster is joining a select club of rides around the world.
The ACE, a group of at least 8,000 fanatics of amusement rides, granted the new title to the local roller-coaster in a ceremony Saturday. The roller-coaster is located at Playland at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) in East Vancouver.
The famous wooden ride is a Vancouver staple. Built in 1958 by Walker LeRoy, its original cost was of $200,000. It has eight two-person cars with a single safety bar.
The ACE awards "landmark" status to rides that are historically significant. It grants "classic" status to wooden rides that:
- Use traditional lap bars that allow riders to float slightly above the seat
- Allow riders to slide from side to side
- Allow riders to view upcoming drops and thrills
Some other roller-coasters awarded this status by the ACE and that are still in operation include:
- Big Dipper - Camden Park; Huntington, WV, USA
- Cyclone - Lakeside Amusement Park; Denver, CO, USA
- Hochschaubahn - Viennese Prater ; Vienna, Austria
- Jack Rabbit - Kennywood Park; West Mifflin, PA, USA
- Hull�mvas�t - Vid�mpark; Budapest, Pest, Hungary
- Lil' Dipper - Camden Park; Huntington, WV, USA
- Roller Coaster - Blackpool Pleasure Beach; Blackpool, England
- Roller Coaster - Pleasure Beach Great Yarmouth; Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
- Rutschebanen - Tivoli Gardens; Copenhagen, Denmark
- Scenic Railway - Luna Park; St. Kilda (Melbourne), Victoria, Australia
- Skyliner - Lakemont Park; Altoona, PA, USA
- Vuoristorata - Linnanm�ki; Helsinki, Finland
- Zipper Dipper - Blackpool Pleasure Beach; Blackpool, England