Big Beast

Edgewater Park (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Removed, Operated from 1927 to 9/13/1981

Roller Coaster · Wood · Sit Down

Details

Former names:Swinger (? to 1970s)
Soul Train
Thriller
Designer:John A. Miller
Trains:2 trains with 3 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 18 riders per train.
Facts:The 1991 Roller Coaster Directory lists this roller coaster opened in 1929 while Roller Coaster Fever lists it as opening in 1932.  Both of these are believed to be in error as the roller coaster is said to have opened with the park in 1927.  One explanation to these discrepancies could be another roller coaster rumored to have been built around 1929 that was taken down because it was built partially on land not owned by the park.

The number of cars on the Big Beast seems to have changed over the years.  When the roller coaster was rebuilt in 1956 by NAD the two new trains were described as consisting of four three-bench cars.  The description of the roller coaster for the auction read "three-car wooden roller coaster".  Pictures exist showing NAD metal-sided trains consisting of both three and four cars.  No dates were published with these photos, but it is probably safe to assume a car was removed from each train between the 1956 rebuilding and the auction.
History:Damaged by a fire at the end of the 1955 season and rebuilt by NAD in 1956.  The rebuild included a variety of modifications designed to make the ride quieter including wider rails and wheels; wheels with a rubber layer between the hub and the steel tire; and sound shielding both on the coaster structure and on the cars.  Two new trains were also part of the package.

Big Beast - Edgewater Park (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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Big Beast - Edgewater Park (Detroit, Michigan, USA)