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There's something I've been wondering about when it comes to Rollercoaster lift hills. What's the difference between having a chain lift hill, and friction wheels lift hill? Just wondering since I've seen that both Juniour and some big coasters have friction wheels lift hills (Olympia Looping, Thriller).



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Friction wheels allow those huge Schwarzkopf portables to have a curved lift and save space (although chain can do this as well, Schwarzkopf opted for friction wheels).



Chain lifts are the norm, I would imagine because they are cheaper to operate and can easily incorporate anti-rollback devices. The reason you see them on a lot of junior coasters is becuase junior coasters don't need anit rollbacks and that they could be cheaper on a small scale.

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