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Knoebels unveils look of park's new roller coaster

Impulse set to make debut in 2015 season

Knoebels unveils look of park's new roller coaster

RALPHO TWP., Pa. - Will you ride Impulse?

That's the question Knoebels posed to its followers on Twitter as the amusement park unveiled the look of its newest roller coaster Thursday morning.

The park's tweet simply said: "You've heard rumors... you've made guesses ... now get a glimpse of Knoebels Project 2015: http://tinyurl.com/knoebels2015  Will you ride Impulse?"

A spokesman for the park, located near Elysburg, Northumberland Co., had few details to provide about the new steel coaster, which will soar to a peak of 98 feet when it opens for the 2015 season.

Preliminary site work is being done now to support the coaster, which will sit on the spot currently occupied by the bumper boats and boat tag. Construction won't actually begin until after the 2014 season, the spokesman said.

Impulse is being designed and built by Zierer, a Germany-based company that also has coasters operating at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia and Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.

According to Zierer's website, coasters similar to the one planned for Knoebels reach a maximum speed of approximately 56 mph and run five eight-person cars over a track that measures about 2,050 feet long.

Knoebels other coasters include Flying Turns (a wooden bobsled coaster with a mostly trackless course), Black Diamond (an indoor steel coaster) and Phoenix (a large-scale wooden coaster).

Images: Knoebels' 'Impulse' roller coaster


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