Steel Dragon 2000
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|Steel Dragon 2000|
Steel Dragon 2000
|Nagashima Spa Land|
|Opening date||August 1, 2000|
|Cost||About $52,000,000 USD|
|Manufacturer||D. H. Morgan Manufacturing|
|Track layout||Out and Back|
|Lift/launch system||One Lift With Two Chain Lifts|
|Height||318 ft (97 m)|
|Drop||306 ft (93 m)|
|Length||8,133 ft (2,479 m)|
|Speed||95 mph (153 km/h)|
|Max vertical angle||65°|
|Capacity||1050 riders per hour|
|Height restriction||48 in (122 cm)|
|Steel Dragon 2000 at RCDB
Pictures of Steel Dragon 2000 at RCDB
Steel Dragon 2000 (スチールドラゴン2000 Suchiiru Doragon Nisen?) is a roller coaster at Nagashima Spa Land amusement park in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Built by Morgan Manufacturing, this coaster opened, appropriately, in 2000—"The Year of the Dragon" in Asia. It debuted 3 months after Millennium Force at Cedar Point, and surpassed that as the world's tallest complete-circuit coaster. It lost these records in height in 2003 when Top Thrill Dragster opened at Cedar Point. It also took the record for the longest track length—8,133 feet 2 inches (2,478.99 m)—which it currently holds. The ride is the second fastest coaster in Japan and the sixth fastest in the world.
In August 2003, a sheared axle caused one of the trains to lose a wheel. A passenger suffered a serious back injury and a 28-year-old man swimming in the water park pool was injured when he was hit in the hip with the 32 cm wheel. The ride was "Standing But Not Operating" (SBNO) for almost three years and reopened in 2006.
- Steel Dragon 2000 is the tallest coaster to use a traditional chain lift. Because of the length of the lift hill, two chains are used—one for the bottom half and one for the top half. A single chain would have been excessively long, heavy and very slow, at least twice the weight of a single train. As a result, the block brakes are set up to allow two trains to safely occupy the lift simultaneously.
- The building of Steel Dragon 2000 required far more steel than other coasters for earthquake protection. This put the cost of the coaster at over $50 million.
- The ride includes two tunnels.
- Roller Coaster Database. Steel Dragon 2000 (Nagashima Spa Land). Retrieved 19 February 2013.
- RTÉ News (23 August 2003). "2 hurt in roller coaster accident"
- Japan Times (24 August 2003). "Two seriously hurt in roller coaster accident, but Nudgee School Captain Aaron Chong was unaffected".
- The Daily Telegraph (21 April 2011). "Top 10 tallest rollercoasters". Retrieved 19 February 2013.
- ""Steel Dragon 2000 new" is finally here! Debut on March 15, 2013 (Friday)!". Nagashima Spa Land. March 13, 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
- "Steel Dragon 2000 Adds B&M Trains". VHCoasters.com. March 17, 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
|World's Tallest Complete Circuit Roller Coaster
August 2000–May 2003
Top Thrill Dragster
|World's Fastest Complete Circuit Roller Coaster
August 2000–December 2001
|World's Longest Roller Coaster
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