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Coney Island's Cyclone roller coaster marks 85 years of thrills, chills and inspections

In a Tuesday, June 26, 2012 photo taken on Coney Island in New York, a maintenance worker applies a decal commemorating the Cyclone's 85th anniversary while people wait in line to buy tickets. The New York City landmark and international amusement icon will be feted Saturday, June 30 with a birthday party in its honor. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
June 29, 2012 - 2:25 AM

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Coney Island's historic Cyclone roller coaster is turning 85.

The New York City landmark and international amusement icon will be feted Saturday with a birthday party in its honour. Thrill-seekers will also enjoy 25 cent rides — the same price they were on its debut on June 26, 1927.

Cyclone employees say the coaster requires a great deal of attention to ensure the safety of its passengers. Every morning beginning at 7, a team of maintenance workers hike the Cyclone's tracks to check for damaged wood or loose bolts.

It cost $175,000 to originally build the coaster, which became a worldwide symbol of America's emerging leisure in the 20th century.

The Cyclone includes steep drops, stirring elevation changes and rides along nearly 2,700 feet of track.

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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