Track is laminated wood, topped with a flat steel running rail, constructed on a wooden support structure. Trains are guided along the track by side-friction wheels running inside wooden guide rails.

Special Track Elements

None noted


  • Maximum Track Slope - 25°
  • Maximum Lift Hill Slope - 25°
  • Maximum Height - 78 Feet


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Side-Friction Roller Coaster RCT2 Icon

Side-Friction Roller Coaster
(Side-Friction Roller Coaster)
Added Attractions

Operating Modes

  • Continuous circuit mode

Pre-built designs

RollerCoaster Tycoon

Build menu only
  • Side Friction 1
  • Side Friction 2

RollerCoaster Tycoon 2

Build menu only
  • Creaky Dips
  • Roman Racer

Other Information

  • Cheap and easy to build, but the track layout needs to be designed carefully, otherwise the cars can fly straight off the track on the hills. In RCT3 however, crashes are not possible.
  • This ride is called Wooden Side-Friction Roller Coaster in the original RollerCoaster Tycoon.

In Real Life

There is one operating instance of this ride left in North America in the state of Pennsylvania (Leap the Dips), it is currently the oldest operating roller coaster in the world.

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