Great Coaster International - Back Track Wooden Shuttle CoasterThis week at IAAPA (an amusement industry trade show) Great Coasters International unveiled a surprising new model. Back Track is a wooden shuttle roller coaster meant to be a family attraction. It has a footprint a bit smaller than a football field. Here’s more from GCI:

It’s 35 feet tall. It’s got 10 cars and it goes backwards and forwards just like a normal little shuttle coaster. It’s tamed down just a little bit for smaller children.

– Chris Gray of Great Coasters International (Theme Park Review Interview)

While I wouldn’t call the concept revolutionary I do think that it’s pretty unexpected. I figured we’d see a launched woodie first, but that might be because I’ve never even considered the concept of a shuttle woodie. I’m really loving all of the innovation that’s going on in the industry; especially the things that we’re seeing with wooden roller coasters. In the TPR interview, GCI even shares that the Millennium Flyers, GCI’s trains, are capable of performing a heartline roll!

You can watch the interview here. The GCI part is the first 13 minutes or so. While Back Track is only covered for a bit, it’s worth a watch for the other reasons as well. There’s mention of a top secret meeting room right there on the floor of IAAPA, and Gray shares the most interesting things they’ve unearthed during construction.

Here’s a promotional video of GCI’s Back Track Shuttle Wooden Coaster:

It’ll be fun to see where one of these wooden shuttle coasters show up first. Do you have any guesses? What do you think of this concept? Leave a comment below.

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9 Responses

  1. brendan chevrier

    I think this has potential. A small park like Lake Compounce would do well with this design seeing as they live for wood coasters.

  2. firewalk13

    I think this is a great idea, a family ride that is so much less vanilla than the standard boomerang formula vekoma has marketed so successfully. I'd definitely grab a ride on one given the chance. Also, there's a lot of potential here for a more thrilling version but still with a compact layout.

  3. Darryl Carr

    I think it's a great concept, especially when considering budgetary or space limitations. I'd definitely check one out!. I believe it would be a great addition to any park's lineup simply because it's unique.

  4. ukcoasterfan

    This is the first woodie youve put on this site that Im actually not jealous of, if the Uk were to finally get a new woodie and this were it I would be more than a little disappointed.

  5. Matt McIrvin

    I'd take my kid on it. I've been coveting Vekoma's non-inverting Family Boomerang, because I showed my daughter a POV video of the one at Drayton Manor (which I think is the only one that actually exists) and she thought it looked like fun.

  6. jeanette

    Nice ride! This one looks really promising and I think this is great for a fun family ride. I'd love to take a ride at this one.


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