The Great American Scream Machine
is a steel roller coaster
located in Six Flags Great Adventure
. The 173-foot ride was built in 1989 and reaches speeds up to 68 mph. It was designed by Ron Toomer and built by Arrow Dynamics who built its sister coasters Shockwave (dismantled in 2002) at Six Flags Great America
in Gurnee, Illinois
at Six Flags Magic Mountain
in Valencia, California
. All three coasters have three loops after the lift hill, a batwing
, and a double corkscrew
The roller coaster track is painted red and has white supports. The trains are named Freedom (red), Liberty (white), and Spirit (blue). The ground features a red and white design similar to the stripes in a waving American flag.
28 guests can ride per train. 3 trains can dispatch a total of 84 guests every 2 minute and 20 seconds, 27 times an hour. The capacity is 1680 guests per hour.
The shoulder restraint handles are made of foam instead of metal.
Great American Scream Machine's on-ride camera is located at the beginning of the double corkscrew.
After its first season Great American Scream Machine's vertical loops had their tops removed and replaced with track that had additional braking due to issues that other Arrow coasters had been experiencing, especially Shockwave
at Six Flags Great America. The original top of the first loop can be found in the monkeys' enclosure in the Wild Safari at Six Flags Great Adventure. Along with the new loop tops, a brake run was installed after the first loop. The brake run is not set up to stop a train; it is set up to slightly adjust the speed of the train after its exit from the loop.