The Best Guide to Building a Backyard Roller Coaster

Since I was a young kid, I’ve been fascinated with roller coasters. I have build many functioning model and Lego roller coasters over the years. In fact, after a trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain, I decided to build my own!

While that attempt didn’t work well (sorry Emily), I did go on to become an engineer and know a lot more about the mechanics of roller coasters.

Now that my kids are older, they are starting to share my love of roller coasters as well. So I thought, why not build one for them…..(and me) to enjoy in the yard.

I also wanted to expand this to everyone else by showing you exactly how I will be designing and constructing all aspects of the roller coaster.

And so, planning began on a backyard roller coaster named the “Black Widow” (My kids have a sudden love of spiders.)

As with most things, I stand on the shoulders of giants! There have been many other backyard roller coaster enthusiasts out there who have paved the way for me. I would like to point out Paul Gregg as a backyard roller coaster researcher who has opened the door to many non-engineers creating their own back yard roller coasters.

I wanted to share this channel playlist with you in the video link below. Enjoy!

Black Widow Roller Coaster Image Gallery

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Corey Rasmussen

Corey is the Managing Director of the Mentored Engineer and owner of Rasmussen Designs. He received his BSME from Baylor University and holds a professional engineering license in North Carolina and Texas. He has been an engineer since 2002 with extensive experience in engineering design, fabrication and troubleshooting. He specializes in mobile equipment, hydraulic systems and machine design. He has two patents

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