Volcano: The Blast Coaster

Volcano is one of the most unique coasters I have ever seen. For one thing, check out the myriad of support structures!

Volcano, 2,757 feet long and built by Intamin, was the first suspended coaster to have Linear Induction Motors provide acceleration. Unfortunately, this magnetic launch technology had its problems.  Volcano was supposed to open at the beginning of the 1998 season, but it only operated for a few weeks at the end of the summer.  And instead of having the large trains seen here, Kings Dominion and Intamin had to remove half the seats on each train because the LIMs only had enough power to reliably propel eight people at a time.

Launch coaster from Intamin

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