Waldameer Park
Erie, Pennsylvania
Negative-G 2012 Road Trip
May 25, 2012
Page Three





The Ravine Flyer 2 Roller Coaster at Waldameer Amusement Park, Erie, Pennsylvania

Hey look there's Illinois Mike in his seat in the back of the train.

The Ravine Flyer 2 Roller Coaster at Waldameer Amusement Park, Erie, Pennsylvania

Waldameer has this coaster the Ravine Flyer 2 and the kiddie coaster named the Ravine Flyer 3 so what about Ravine Flyer 1?  The first Ravine Flyer lasted at Waldameer from 1922 to 1938.  Just like this Ravine Flyer it dove down the ravine and crossed the highway.  In 1938 after the ride did not have enough speed to crest a hill the coaster started going back and forth above the highway.  One rider became hysterical so her brother stood up to try to calm her.  Unfortunately when the train stopped he fell from the ride to his death on the highway below.  Despite the ride not being at fault for the fatality the owner of Waldameer's wife was extremely distraught about the incident she convinced him to tear the coaster down.

The Ravine Flyer 2 Roller Coaster at Waldameer Amusement Park, Erie, Pennsylvania

With plenty of negative-g's, lateral g's and a really twisted layout this stretch of track is my favorite part of Ravine Flyer 2.  It's a ninety degree banked turn that is followed by a high speed dive down into the ravine. 

The Ravine Flyer 2 Roller Coaster at Waldameer Amusement Park, Erie, Pennsylvania


So what was my thought about Ravine Flyer 2 after my first ride?  It is definitely in my top 10 wooden coasters.  After ten laps?  It is currently my #5 after The Voyage, Boulder Dash, Boardwalk Bullet & The Raven.  If there was any one reason to get to Waldameer this coaster is it!



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