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Want to Know What Happens to Wood Coasters in the Off Season?

Sunday, November 3, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rus Ozana
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Here's Kennywood’s Jack Rabbit Off-Season Care

The 2019 operating season has ended at Kennywood in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, and Jack Rabbit won’t be hopping again ’til spring.

Kennywood maintenance workers have disconnected the roller coaster’s cars from each other, removed them from the wooden track with a crane and taken off the wheels so the bearings can be replaced. The cars have been moved to a workshop, where carpenters will replace any worn wood, padding and seatbelts. The logo on the front of the train will get a touch-up if needed.


Photo: NATE SMALLWOOD | TRIBUNE-REVIEW


Each car is inspected and a Jack Rabbit car will be rebuilt. One car is rebuilt every year so all the cars don’t fail at once.


Photo: NATE SMALLWOOD | TRIBUNE-REVIEW


The track, which is walked and inspected daily during the season, receives additional attention this time of the year. Each wooden roller coaster in the park has an average of 10 percent of its track replaced annually.


Photo: NATE SMALLWOOD | TRIBUNE-REVIEW