Bobsledding

One tiny amusement park’s obsession with bringing back the retro thrills of the wooden toboggan coaster

One tiny amusement park’s obsession with bringing back the retro thrills of the wooden toboggan coaster

Coaster enthusiasts thought the rebirth of the Flying Turns wooden toboggan coaster at Pennsylvania’s Knoebels amusement park might never happen.

The family-run park in tiny Elysburg spent eight obsessive years building and rebuilding a faithful replica of the slow, squat and serpentine coaster that disappeared from the amusement park landscape more than four decades ago.

I visited Knoebels for the first time during the summer of 2011 and took a guided tour of the track of the then-unfinished Flying Turns. I returned to the park late last month to finally ride the classic coaster.

The ride started out slow, but quickly built to a...

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