Backyard wooden roller-coaster

Who ever said you have to go to an amusement park to enjoy a roller-coaster ride?

Jeremy Reid decided to put all his effort into creating a fully-working roller-coaster ride in his very own backyard. It only cost him 9.500 pounds of lumber, a lot of time and $5.500, a very small price considering he created a ride with a maximum drop of 20 feet and a “lightning speed” of 20mph.

That wood seems a little rotten to me, so I wouldn’t have the guts to take a ride on these guy’s roller-coaster, but still it’s pretty decent work.











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  • Nugget Posted on April 7, 2008

    RCT3’s got nothing on this guy~ Human creativity at it’s finest. Good job!

  • rick Posted on April 7, 2008

    Great design. That reminds me of the old creaky wood roller coaster at valleyfair in minnesota. It was much smaller than the other roller coasters, but just as frightening.

  • anthony Posted on April 7, 2008

    nice, i would love to do that if i had a yard big enough XD but props to the man who did this in his own yard. i’m guessing from the photos that he has to walk the car up the hill tho. maybe he should add a pully system of sorts to let him pull himself up with a crank…

  • ashok pai Posted on April 7, 2008

    amazing work!

  • The Metric System Posted on April 7, 2008

    That looks like more than nine and a half pounds worth of lumber to me, and I’m sure it cost more than five and a half dollars to build!

    Oh, you mean you meant to use COMMAS! Okay, that makes more sense.

  • The decimal and comma Posted on April 7, 2008

    @The Metric System

    It ends up that not the whole world use the period to separate the decimals, and not all countries use the comma to separate numbers by groups of 3.
    Get some education.

  • Brian Posted on April 7, 2008

    RE: “Rotten” wood…it’s not rotten. All wood, if not treated with stain or heavy-duty weather protectant, weathers to a silver-grey like that. If he pressure-washed the whole rig, it’d look nearly new. So it’s not rotten. In fact, it looks like pressure-treated pine, which means it’ll still be around in 12-15 years. Longer for the boards that aren’t in ground contact.

  • Chris Posted on April 7, 2008

    “i’m guessing from the photos that he has to walk the car up the hill tho. maybe he should add a pully system of sorts to let him pull himself up with a crank…”

    You can see the pulley system.

  • jawls Posted on April 7, 2008

    The Metric System

    Yep, you’re right, it’s 9,500 pounds of lumber. Using a period where we use commas (and vice versa) is how much of the world writes numbers, particularly Europe. So, this is probably a European writer and not a mistake.

  • FascistUSA Posted on April 7, 2008

    Come on, Dumbasses. It’s a Freakin Roller Coaster in his backyard.

    The Wright Brother invented the airplane in their backyard.

    What do today’s Amerikan Idiots build? Rollercoasters.

    DUHHHHHHHHHHHH. (drool coming out of mouth).

  • David Greiman Posted on April 7, 2008

    No 360? 😉

  • Gary Posted on April 7, 2008

    That looks awesome!

    You can see the pulley system plain as day, so no he would not have to walk it up the hill.

    Also, the wood is not rotten, it has just been pressure treated.

  • wayne Posted on April 9, 2008

    I’d ride it! If he’ll have me over I’ll prove it.

  • coaster enthusiast Posted on April 9, 2008

    The man that built the coaster is probably a retired carny or amusement park operator with a good sense of humor. The wood is pressure treated and will last a very long time. He obviously has an intimate knowledge of the inner workings of how a commercial coaster works. The structure appears very sound and he looks to be a very competent carpenter. I think he did a real whiz bang up job. Probably built it for his kids or grandkids.

  • zoe Posted on April 9, 2008


    Yes, dude, it is just a roller coaster. I’m sorry not everyone can be a Wright brother. Some of us just enjoy building wooden things, aren’t really trying to change the world, and just aren’t quite brilliant enough to make a brand-new form of transportation practical. You sound like an ass. You build something this much fun in your yard, and then you can complain. But then you’ll sound like an egomaniacal cad.

    P.S. I’m going to marry Jeremy Reid.

    P.P.S. Although the whole period/comma thing was a little ridiculous, I’m glad we got it sorted out with a minimum of name-calling. And it’s not the stupidest thing an American has said online by any stretch of the imagination.

  • justin Posted on April 10, 2008

    ah, the wood roller coaster at valley fair…good times, I remember being scared shitless when it started cracking…good times!

  • ThatGuy Posted on April 11, 2008

    @FascistUSA: Yeah dude, unless you’ve done something better, stop being a tard and stfu, this is legitimately awesome. I’m willing to bet he’s the favourite uncle.

  • Ashley Posted on April 11, 2008

    The coaster is actually quite safe. It’s been featured on the Travel Channel before.

    It’s really neat and is actually pretty thrilling from it’s design. It’s simple, but it’s a good coaster. :]

  • To FascistUSA Posted on April 11, 2008

    Wow, you’re bitter.

  • fu Posted on May 20, 2008

    Your coaster sucks. The worst in the world. HA HA HA It is a waste of money

  • Chris Lemus Posted on May 20, 2008

    Ilove you man i love you. auh i want to suck your harry balls. ilove you man!!!!!!!!!!1

  • coastytheclown Posted on May 22, 2008

    Expert craftsmanship ! Reid is my hero. Way to utilize the terrain. I wonder if he planned it on computer first.

  • belle Posted on November 17, 2008

    Amerikan? you mean american. lolz

  • American Stuff Posted on November 26, 2008

    Americans can be real stupid sometimes…

  • insider Posted on May 13, 2009

    Hey its me but never before!How did you do that how many acres can you build one for me about about an 50 60ft drop oh come on but some of these coments are mean like americans can be real stupid sometimes if he/she is or was an american hes the one that calling himself sometimes stupid wa an a**hole excuse my language i jus get angry sometimes brb and lol!Byyy?