7 must-try roller coasters
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1. Leap-the-Dips: Lakemont Park, Altoona, Pennsylvania
Built in 1902, this is the oldest roller coaster in the world. The single-car "trains" resemble sleighs and attain a top speed of just 18 mph as they traverse the three levels of track featuring larger and larger dips. The coaster was closed in 1985 and survived only because the park did not have the funds to demolish it. Due to fund-raising efforts by the local Leap-the-Dips Preservation Foundation and American Coaster Enthusiasts, it was restored and reopened on Memorial Day in 1999. The coaster was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996.
2. Rutschebanen: Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, DenmarkLocated in the world-famous Rutschebanen amusement park, this scenic railway, built in the mid-1910s, meanders in and out of a man-made mountain. The brakes are mounted on each train rather than being attached to the tracks as they are in more modern coasters. A brakeman, who rides on a seat between the two cars of each train, applies the brakes as they approach curves. The cars ride on trucks similar to railroad cars, allowing them to lean precariously into curves at seemingly impossible speeds.
3. Lisebergbanen: Liseberg, Gothenberg, Sweden