The Fastest Roller Coaster In Each State - Coaster101 (2022)

In the past, we’ve published list about the tallest and longest roller coasters in each state, but sometimes, you just feel the need, the need for speed. Have you ever wondered about the fastest roller coaster in your state?

Maybe its a familiar coaster to enthusiasts like Top Thrill Dragster or Fury 325. Maybe it’s a kiddie coaster. Maybe your state doesn’t have any coasters at all, which is a bummer. Utilizing RCDB, along with some other sources, we’ve compiled a list of the fastest roller coaster in each state.

In states with a limited coaster portfolio, there may be some overlap of coasters on this list with the tallest and longest in each state. Like previous lists of this nature, we’re not including mountain coasters in the official list. It’s rare that they would top other coasters in the state anyway!

Alabama

Rampage at Alabama Adventure. Top Speed: 56mph

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This CCI Wooden Coaster edges out the 2nd fastest coaster in the state, Rollin’ Thunder at The Park at OWA by 0.1 miles per hour!

Alaska

Aftershock at the Alaska State Fairgrounds: Top Speed:35mph

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Debuting at the Alaska State Fair in 2021, Alaska’s first permanent roller coaster is manufactured by Interpark.

Arizona

Desert Storm at Castles N Coasters. Top Speed: 46mph

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Opened in 1992, Desert Storm is one of two Hopkins coasters at Castles N’ Coasters (and one of only 5 coasters currently operating made by Hopkins.)

Arkansas

X Coaster at Magic Springs. Top Speed: 65.3mph

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X Coaster is the only roller coaster of its type (Maurer Sky Loop) in the United States

California

Superman: Escape From Krypton at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Top Speed: 100mph.

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The fastest full circuit roller coaster in California is Goliath, also at Six Flags Magic Mountain. It tops out at 85mph. The park operates 8 of the fastest 11 roller coasters in California.

Colorado

(TIE): Twister II atElitch Gardens andCyclone at Lakeside Amusement Park. Top Speed: 55 mph

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These two coasters are located a short 4.2 mile drive from one another in Denver, Colorado.

Connecticut

Phobia Phear Coaster at Lake Compounce. Top Speed: 62 mph

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Phobia Phear Coaster is a Sky Rocket II model from Premier Rides. Unlike the Sky Rocket II’s at Seaworld/Busch Gardens, Phobia Phear Coaster only has 2 cars instead of three.

Delaware

There are no coasters currently operating in Delaware. Sorry, Delawareans!

Florida

Currently: Mako at SeaWorld Orlando. Top Speed: 73mph. Soon: Iron Gwaziat Busch Gardens Tampa. Top Speed: 76mph.

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Mako’s marketing campaign included the tagline #NothingFaster. However, just down the road, once Iron Gwazi officially opens, it will lose that title.

Georgia

Goliath at Six Flags Over Georgia. Top Speed: 70mph.

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The Georgia Goliath is one of seven roller coasters named Goliath at a park either currently owned or once owned by Six Flags.

Hawaii

There are no current operating roller coasters in Hawaii. E kala mai. (That’s “Sorry” in Hawaiian.)

Idaho

Aftershock at Silverwood. Top Speed: 65.6mph

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If Aftershock looks familiar to you, you’re not experiencing Déjà vu…well, maybe you are. That was the coaster’s former name at Six Flags Great America.

Illinois

Maxx Force at Six Flags Great America. Top Speed: 78mph

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Maxx Force reaches its top speed in just 1.8 seconds, thanks to the coaster’s pneumatic launch.

Indiana

The Voyage at Holiday World. Top Speed: 67mph

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Manufactured by The Gravity Group, Holiday World’s late owner, Bill Koch, was listed as a member of the design team for The Voyage.

Iowa

Monster at Adventureland. Top Speed: 65mph

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Monster was the first Infinity Coaster manufactured by Gerstlauer to open in the United States.

Kansas

There are six roller coasters currently operating in Kansas. All six are kiddie coasters. There aren’t speeds listed for them on RCDB. We don’t think any of them are particularly fast.

Kentucky

Lightning Run at Kentucky Kingdom. Top Speed: 55mph

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Lightning Run remains the only Hyper GT-X coaster manufactured by Chance Rides.

Louisiana

Ragin Cajun’ at Blue Bayou Dixie Landin’. Top Speed: 47mph.

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This Boomerang coaster is the fastest currently operating coaster in Louisiana. However, the SBNO (Standing But Not Operating) Mega Zeph at Six Flags New Orleans had a top speed of 57mph.

Maine

Excalibur at Funtown Splashdown. Top Speed: 55mph

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Funtown Splashtown will not open in 2020 due to COVID-19. Excalibur was designed by Larry Bill, who also designed Alabama Adventure’s Rampage and Boulder Dash at Lake Compounce.

Maryland

Superman: Ride of Steel at Six Flags America. Top Speed: 73mph

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Superman: Ride of Steel celebrates its 20th Birthday on May 13, 2020.

Massachusetts

Superman: The Ride at Six Flags New England. Top Speed: 77mph

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Superman: The Ride at Six Flags New England will also celebrate a 20th birthday this year, 8 days prior to the Six Flags America Superman in Maryland.

Michigan

Shivering Timbers at Michigan’s Adventure. Top Speed: 57mph

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Shivering Timbers opened at Michigan’s Adventure in 1998 at a cost of $4.5 Million.

Minnesota

Wild Thing at Valleyfair. Top Speed: 74mph

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Wild Thing was designed by Steve Okamoto, who designed every Morgan hyper coaster.

Mississippi

All American Coaster at Brookhaven Exchange Club Park.

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The speed for the All-American Coaster wasn’t readily available. However, when you’re the only coaster in the state, kiddie coaster or not. you’re by default the fastest.

Missouri

Mamba at Worlds of Fun. Top Speed: 75mph

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Montana

While there may not be in operating roller coasters in Montana, did you know that the state has the largest migratory elk herd in the nation?

Nebraska

Another state with only kiddie coasters within its borders, we’re not sure which the faster Nebraska coaster is between Go Gator or Safari. Neither of them seem very fast.

Nevada

Big Apple Coaster at New York New York Resort. Top Speed: 67mph

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Technically, this honor should go Desperado atBuffalo Bill’s Resort and Casino, which has a top speed of 80mph. However, Desperado may have finally closed for good. This list is for operating coasters.

New Hampshire

Untamed at Canobie Lake. Top Speed: 43.5mph

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The Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter opened at Canobie Lake in 2011, one of four Eurofighter coasters to open that year, worldwide.

New Jersey

Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure. Top Speed: 128mph

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The tallest roller coaster in the United States is also the fastest. It reaches its top speed in just 3.5 seconds with a hydraulic launch.

New Mexico

New Mexico Rattler at Cliff’s Amusement Park. Top Speed: 47mph

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Custom Coasters, Inc. (CCI) went bankrupt while building the New Mexico Rattler. Cliff’s Amusement Park finished the construction on their own.

New York

Ride of Steel at Darien Lake. Top Speed: 73mph

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Ride of Steel at Darien Lake used to have Superman in its name during the park’s original Six Flags Darien Lake branding. It’s a mirror image of Six Flags America’s Superman.

North Carolina

Fury 325 at Carowinds, Top Speed: 95mph

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Fury 325 flies above the main park entryway before diving underneath it. The coaster is a 4-time Golden Ticket Award winner for “Best Steel Coaster.”

North Dakota

Runaway Train at Super Slide Amusement Park.

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Another coaster where it doesn’t matter what its speed is. When you’re the only coaster in the state, you’re the fastest. We don’t make the rules.

Ohio

Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point, 120mph

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Top Thrill Dragster was the world’s first full-circuit strata coaster.

Oklahoma

Silver Bullet at Frontier City. Top Speed: 47.8mph

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Silver Bullet is the lone remaining Schwarzkopf Looping Star in the United States.

Oregon

Adrenaline Peak at Oak’s Park. Top Speed: 45mph

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Adrenaline Peak is the smallest roller coaster to feature a lighting package from KCL Engineering.

Pennsylvania

Phantom’s Revengeat Kennywood. Top Speed: 85mph

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Phantom’s Revenge is one of few coasters where its second drop is larger than its first drop, made possible by the use of the terrain at Kennywood.

Rhode Island

While there are currently no operating roller coasters in Rhode Island, there used to be Cyclone, a Schwarzkopf Wildcat, at Rocky Point Park. The speed of the coaster was 37.3mph.

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South Carolina

Intimidator at Carowinds. Top Speed: 75mph

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While Carowinds has a North Carolina address, Intimidator is located 100% in the Palmetto State. For a true “South Carolina” Park, the fastest coaster is Swamp Fox at Family Kingdom, reaching speeds of 50mph.

South Dakota

Humpty Dumpty’s Great Fall at Storybook Land.

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Another solo-state coaster, South Dakota will likely have a new fastest coaster sometime soon. The state recently approved construction plans for an RMC Raptor Coaster at Wild Water West in Sioux Falls.

Tennessee

Lightning Rod at Dollywood. Top Speed: 73mph

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Lightning Rod is the world’s first launched wooden coaster.

Texas

Titan at Six Flags Over Texas. Top Speed: 85mph

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While Titan may look like a traditional B&M Hyper, the coaster was actually manufactured by Giovanola, and is one of just three coasters manufactured by the company.

Utah

Cannibal at Lagoon. Top Speed: 70mph

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Cannibal was built completely in-house by Lagoon, and features a 116-degree, beyond vertical drop.

Vermont

Vermont has no traditional roller coasters, but does have two mountain coasters.

Virginia

Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion. Top Speed: 95mph

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Intimidator 305 was one of two Dale Earnhardt-themed roller coasters opened in 2010, the second being South Carolina’s tallest coaster: Intimidator.

Washington

(TIE) Classic Coaster at Washington State Fair and Timberhawk: Ride of Prey at Wild Waves. Top Speed: 50mph

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Classic Coaster was built in 1935, Timberhawk in 2003. Both wooden coasters have the same top speed.

West Virginia

Big Dipper at Camden Park.

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While the speed of Big Dipper isn’t readily available online, it’s the largest coaster at the only amusement park in West Virginia.

Wisconsin

(TIE) Zeus & Hades 360, both at Mt. Olympus Resort. Top Speed: 60mph

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Both Zeus and Hades 360 have a top speed of 60mph. Zeus was designed by Custom Coasters International, and Hades 360 was built by Gravity Group.

Wyoming

There are no traditional roller coasters in Wyoming. Its lone Mountain Coaster, Cowboy Coaster has a top speed of 27mph.

Are you surprised by any of these numbers? What’s the fastest roller coaster in your state? Let us know in the comments below!

FAQs

Which state has the fastest roller coaster? ›

New Jersey

The tallest roller coaster in the United States is also the fastest. It reaches its top speed in just 3.5 seconds with a hydraulic launch.

What is the fastest roller coaster in the US 2022? ›

What is the fastest and tallest roller coaster in the United States? The Kingda Ka coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure holds the title of the tallest and fastest roller coaster in America. This New Jersey park's ride reaches a top speed of 128 miles per hour in just over three seconds.

How fast does the fastest roller coaster in the United States go? ›

Kingda Ka: 128 mph

Kingda Ka is the fastest roller coaster in the United States and was the fastest coaster in the world for a few years until Formula Rossa eclipsed it. (At 456 feet, Kingda Ka is still the world's tallest roller coaster by almost 40 feet, however.)

Where is world's fastest coaster? ›

Formula Rossa (Arabic: فورمولا روسا) is a launched roller coaster located at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Formula Rossa, which was manufactured by Intamin and opened in 2010, is the world's fastest roller coaster featuring a maximum speed of 240 km/h (149.1 mph).

What are the 3 fastest roller coasters? ›

Fastest steel roller coasters
RankNameSpeed
1Formula Rossa149.1 mph (240.0 km/h)
2Kingda Ka128 mph (206 km/h)
*Top Thrill Dragster120 mph (190 km/h)
3Red Force111.8 mph (179.9 km/h)
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How fast is the fastest roller coaster in the world 2022? ›

Formula Rossa is the world's fastest rollercoaster with a speed of 0 to 240 km/h in 4.9 seconds. Feel the surge of 4.8Gs in the pit of your stomach as you scale heart-racing heights of 52m.

What is the tallest roller coaster in the world 2022? ›

Which is the tallest rollercoaster in the world? Kingda Ka boasts 456 feet of height and is in Jackson Township, Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. It is the tallest rollercoaster in the world.

Where is the largest roller coaster in the US? ›

Kingda Ka is a hydraulically-launched steel roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, United States. Manufactured by Intamin and designed by Werner Stengel, Kingda Ka opened as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world on May 21, 2005, surpassing Top Thrill Dragster.

What city has the fastest roller coaster? ›

The Ferrari World Abu Dhabi amusement park is home to the Formula Rossa, which is the world's fastest roller coaster at 149.1 miles per hour! If you're looking for a tall roller coaster with a massive drop, visit Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.

What is the largest coaster in the world? ›

Kingda Ka is quite simply the tallest coaster in the world and fastest roller coaster in North America. Is that impressive enough to warrant royalty? You bet it is. This upside down U-shaped track bolts up 45 stories in the sky—that's 456 feet high!

How many 6 flags are there? ›

Six Flags owns the most theme parks and waterparks combined of any amusement-park company and has the seventh highest attendance in the world. The company operates 27 properties throughout North America, including theme parks, amusement parks, water parks, and a family entertainment center.

What is the number 1 roller coaster park in the world? ›

Six Flags Magic Mountain, United States

This theme park, located outside of Los Angeles, is a must for thrill seekers. Six Flags Magic Mountain has the most roller coasters of any amusement park in the world (19), so it's safe to say that it has earned its title as the "Thrill Capital of the World."

How many roller coasters are in the US? ›

There are over 760 coasters located across the U.S., and parks continue to roll out sleek, new ones every year.

What's the world's longest roller coaster? ›

The statistic shows roller coasters ranked by length worldwide as of February 2022. The Steel Dragon 2000 in Japan ranked as the longest roller coaster in the world, with a total length of 2,479 meters.

What is the slowest roller coaster in the world? ›

Tiger and Turtle Duisburg: The Slowest Roller Coaster in the World.

What is the ticket price of Ferrari World? ›

Gate rate AED 345. Buy online and save up to 10%.

What is the number one roller coaster in the United States? ›

The top 10 roller coasters in the USA
  • 1 Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa – RMC. ...
  • 2 Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point – RMC. ...
  • 3 The Voyage at Holiday World – Gravity Group. ...
  • 4 Velocicoaster at Islands of Adventure – Intamin. ...
  • 5 Fury 325 at Carowinds – B&M. ...
  • 6 Maverick at Cedar Point – Intamin.
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Who has the best roller coasters in the world? ›

Top 10 Roller Coasters in the World for Every Thrill Seeker
  1. Dodonpa, Fuji-Q Highland – Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. ...
  2. Taron, Phantasialand – Brühl, Germany. ...
  3. Intimidator 305, Kings Dominion – Doswell, Virginia, USA. ...
  4. Steel Dragon 2000, Nagashima Spa Land – Kuwana, Japan. ...
  5. Silver Star: Europa Park – Rust, Germany.
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What is the scariest roller coaster ride in the United States? ›

The two scariest roller coasters in the US are Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure and Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point.

Is the scariest roller coaster in the world? ›

Kingda Ka — Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey

In fact, given its height and speed, it could just be considered the scariest roller coaster in the world as well. The track reaches heights of 456 feet (over 45 stories) before sending riders hurtling down at 128 miles per hour — a speed reached in just 3.5 seconds.

Will there ever be a 500 foot roller coaster? ›

If it were to be completed, Skyscraper would become the tallest roller coaster in the world at over 500 feet (150 m) and would feature both the steepest drop and highest inversion.
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Skyscraper (roller coaster)
Skyscraper
DesignerUS Thrill Rides
ModelPolercoaster
Track layoutCustom
Length5,200 ft (1,600 m)
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What is the longest wooden rollercoaster? ›

The world's longest wooden roller coaster is The Beast at Kings Island, an amusement park in Ohio, US, and it has held onto its record since 1979.

What is the oldest roller coaster in the world 2022? ›

The oldest operating roller coaster is Leap-The-Dips at Lakemont Park in Pennsylvania, a side friction roller coaster built in 1902.

Who invented roller coasters? ›

It would fall to an American inventor named LaMarcus Thompson to revolutionize the amusement industry in the US, earning him the title of the "father of the American roller coaster." Born in 1848 in Jersey, Ohio, Thompson was a natural at mechanics, designing and building a butter churn and an ox cart when he was 12.

What is a 400 foot roller coaster called? ›

A strata coaster is a type of roller coaster with a height or drop of at least 400 feet (120 m). As with the other two height classifications, the term strata was first introduced by Cedar Point with the release of Top Thrill Dragster, a 420-foot-tall (130 m) roller coaster that opened in 2003.

What is a 100 ft roller coaster called? ›

A hypercoaster can mean one of two things: Any continuous-circuit roller coaster with a height or drop measuring greater than 200 feet.

What state has the best roller coasters? ›

The Answer:
1.California78
2.Pennsylvania55
3.Florida45
New Jersey45
New York45

Why are coasters called coasters? ›

Why are drink coasters called coasters? From the 1570s a ship that traded from port to port along a coast was called a “COASTER.” By 1874 the term “BOTTLE COASTER” was used to describe a 'low, round tray' used to hold a wine bottle and used as a decanter.

Where is the oldest theme park? ›

Dyrehavsbakken ( lit. 'The Deer Pasture's Hill'), commonly referred to as Bakken ( lit. 'The Hill'), is an amusement park in Lyngby-Taarbæk Kommune, Denmark, near Klampenborg (Gentofte municipality), about 10 km (6 mi) north of central Copenhagen. It opened in 1583 and is the world's oldest operating amusement park.

What is America's oldest roller coaster? ›

Located at historic Seabreeze Amusement Park outside Rochester, the Jack Rabbit is the oldest continuously operating coaster in North America. In the overhead rafters of the ride there is still an original sign that reads “pay as you leave.”

What is the 5th oldest coaster in the US? ›

The Giant Dipper

It's the fifth oldest coaster in the United States, has been declared a national historic landmark and is the focal point of a long, active boardwalk. Its white structure and red track soar to the skyline, providing views of Monterey Bay from the top of its lift hill.

What is America's longest water coaster? ›

Mammoth

Where is the biggest and fastest roller coaster in the United States? ›

Kingda Ka is a launched roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. Designed by Werner Stengel, Kingda Ka is an Accelerator Coaster model from Intamin, opening as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world on May 21, 2005.

What is the biggest roller coaster in the world 2022? ›

"Iron Gwazi takes you up to a height of 206-feet, and as you're up there, you crest the lift, and you realize you're going to drop down at a 91-degree angle at 76-miles an hour," said Thurman. It is the tallest hybrid coaster in North America, and the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world.

Where is the largest roller coaster in the world? ›

1. Kingda Ka. Head to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey to experience the largest roller coaster in the world – and it's also the second-fasted in the world, launching you from 0 to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds.

What city is the oldest roller coaster? ›

Leap-the-Dips: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Leap-the-Dips in Lakemont Park, Altoona, Pennsylvania, is the world's oldest operating roller coaster.

What states have no roller coasters? ›

Here's the deal: You won't find a traditional roller coaster in the entire state of Alaska. They just don't have 'em.

What state had the first roller coaster? ›

On June 16, 1884, the first roller coaster in America opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. Known as a switchback railway, it was the brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride.

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