Goliath has twin 192-foot towers. A cable on each tower pulls a catch car to hoist the train vertically up the towers. The ride begins with the train being pulled backward while riders face straight down. Once the train nears the top of the tower, the catch car releases the train, and the train speeds through the station and the three loops. At the midway point of the ride, the train goes up the second tower and usually is captured by the other catch car. (I say usually because attaching the moving train to the catch car is one of the technical hurdles that has troubled this type of roller coaster. It doesn't always happen.) The second catch car pulls the train up the second tower while riders face straight up. After the train disengages from the second tower's catch car, gravity sends the train backward though the three inversions and toward the loading area.
©2015 Joel A. Rogers.