Glossary

The following list contains terminology used in the rcdb and their respective definitions. Click on any term's title for more options related to the term.

Category

ACE Coaster Classica coaster meeting the criteria specified by the American Coaster Enthusiasts club. These roller coasters must meet guidelines like single position lap bars, no seat dividers or headrests, and more.

Brakeman

Dual Station

Encloseda roller coaster built inside a structure intended solely for the ride. This structure often imparts a theme or houses special effects.

Floorless

Hybrid (Steel Structure)

Hybrid (Wood Structure)

Indoora roller coaster built inside a structure unrelated to the ride.

Magnetic brakes

Mine Traina coaster designed to give the experience of riding a runaway mine train. They usually follow the terrain closely and make small - but quick - drops and turns.

MöbiusThe two tracks are continuous forming a single circuit or 'Moebius Loop'.

Onboard Sound

Private

Shuttlea roller coaster traveling to the end of its track and returning in the opposite direction. A shuttle roller coaster's track contains a beginning and end, unlike a traditional roller coaster which forms a continuous circuit.

Side Friction

Skid brakes

Spinning Cars

Trolley Park

Twina roller coaster with two tracks. The tracks often follow a similar course, allowing the trains to race with each other.

Vertical Lift

Water Coaster

Classification

Powered Coastera roller coaster that is electrically powered throughout the entire ride.

Roller Coaster

Current Status

In Business

In Production

In Storage

Living

Operating

SBNO

Under Construction

Design

4th Dimensiona coaster with cars that spin on a horizontal axis.

Bobsleddesigned like a bobsled run -- without a fixed track. The train travels freely through a trough.

Flyinga roller coaster ridden while parallel with the track.

Inverteda roller coaster which uses trains traveling beneath, rather than on top of, the track. Unlike a suspended roller coaster, an inverted roller coaster's trains are rigidly attached to the track.

Pipelinea coaster where riders are positioned between the rails instead of above or below.

Sit Downa traditional roller coaster ridden while sitting down.

Stand Upa coaster ridden while standing up instead of sitting down.

Suspendeda roller coaster using trains which travel beneath the track and pivot on a swinging arm from side to side, exaggerating the track's banks and turns.

Method of Propulsion

Commutator

Compressed Air Launch

Electric Spiral Lift

Elevator Lift

Flywheel Launch

Hot Rail

Hydraulic Launch

LIMLIM (Linear Induction Motor) is a form of electro-magnetic propulsion. They replace a traditional lift hill and do not contain any moving parts. Typically LIM systems launch the roller coaster from the station extremely quickly.

LSMLSM (Linear Synchronous Motor) is a form of electro-magnetic propulsion. They replace a traditional lift hill and do not contain any moving parts. Typically LSM systems launch the roller coaster from the station extremely quickly.

Spiral Lift

Tire Propelled Launch

Tire Propelled Lift

Tire Propelled Spiral Lift

Weight Drop Launch

Passenger Restraints

Headrest

Individual hydraulic lap bar

Individual ratcheting lap bar

Seat divider

Seatbelt

Shoulder harness

Single position lap bar

T-Bar

Scale

ExtremeThis ride classification entry is a under development and searches for it will be incomplete.

Familya small roller coaster designed for young riders, but adults may comfortably ride also.

Kiddiea small roller coaster designed solely for children.

ThrillThis ride classification entry is a under development and searches for it will be incomplete.

Status

Alive

In Storage

Manufactured

Operated

SBNO

Track Layout

Big Apple / Wacky Worm

Circular Gravity Railway

Cycloneroller coaster whose track layout is designed after the legendary Coney Island Cyclone.

Double Figure EightFigure eights are side-by-side.

Double Out and Back

Figure Eight

Jungle Mouse

L-Shaped Out and Back

Mite Mouse

Out and Back

Oval

Shuttle Loop

Single Helix (center)

Single Helix (left)

Single Helix (right)

Terrain

Triple Out and Back

Twin Helix

Twister

Wild Mouserides using single-car trains on a track with very tight turns. The cars' wheels are positioned closer to the rear of the car than a traditional coaster. The front of the car travels past the turn before changing directions, giving the sensation that the car will fall off the track

Zyklon / Galaxi

Type

Steela roller coaster with track consisting of steel tubes or rails. Occasionally steel roller coasters will use wood structures to support the steel track, this does not have an affect on its steel status.

Wooda roller coaster with track consisting of layers of wood. Occasionally wooden roller coasters will use steel structures to support the wooden track, this does not have an affect on its wooden status.