President (1991 to Present)
Thomas D. Rebbie joined the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1977. He started in the coaster car shop drilling floor boards for roller coaster cars. He would then soon learn how to read blue prints and manufacture parts for the roller coaster cars.
As time went along Tom started trouble shooting for customer service in the coaster car division. In 1978 Tom was promoted to shop foreman of the coaster department. He then became responsible for purchasing, materials, hiring of personnel, and providing production schedules.
In 1985 Tom became the General Manager of PTC under the direction of Sam High III. He took on the responsibility of organizing trade shows and started assisting in research and development.
In November 1991 Mr. Rebbie purchased the company from Mr. High becoming President/CEO and changed the company name to Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc.
Since purchasing the company Mr. Rebbie has expanded PTCI’s market overseas breaking into the Asian market in 1994 with the opening of the White Cyclone at Nagashima Spaland in Japan.
In 1999 Mr. Rebbie decided PTCI needed more space to meet the needs of customers so he moved Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. from Lansdale, PA to Hatfield, PA upgrading from a 26,000 square foot building to a 46,000 square foot building. This space now allowed for Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. to implement their winter maintenance program to their customers.
Under the direction of Mr. Rebbie PTCI has continued to strike for excellence. He has overseen many changes to PTCI’s safety systems in the roller coaster cars. He helped develop new lap bar mechanisms and systems for the coaster cars and also helped develop the new PTCI 360. The PTCI 360 is a single bench roller coaster train that is capable of completing inversions.
One of Mr. Rebbie’s latests endeavors was overseeing the development and implementation of the PTCI ADA Device. The Amusement Ride Transfer Accessibility Device for the Physically Disabled was developed by PTCI to assist amusement park patrons with physical disabilities getting in and out of roller coaster cars. It was patented on July 4, 2017 receiving U.S. Patent Number 9,694,292.