Steel Dragon 2000
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|Steel Dragon 2000|
Steel Dragon 2000
|Nagashima Spa Land|
|Opening date||August 1, 2000|
|Manufacturer||D. H. Morgan Manufacturing|
|Track layout||Out and Back|
|Lift/launch system||One Lift With Two Chain Lifts|
|Height||97 m (318 ft)|
|Drop||93.5 m (307 ft)|
|Length||2,479 m (8,133 ft)|
|Speed||153 km/h (95 mph)|
|Max vertical angle||68°|
|Height restriction||140–185 cm (4 ft 7 in–6 ft 1 in)|
|Trains||Multiple trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.|
|Trains built by||Bolliger and Mabillard|
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 steel roller coaster at Nagashima Spa Land amusement park in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Built by Morgan Manufacturing, Steel Dragon was opened in 2000, in the year of dragon in Asia. It is currently the longest rollercoaster in the world.
In 2013, the ride's Morgan trains were removed and replaced by new trains manufactured by B&M (Bolliger and Mabillard).
- 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.
- In 2013, Steel Dragon 2000 received new trains from Bolliger & Mabillard.
- The ride includes two tunnels.
- Seventh tallest steel roller coaster in the world, being 318.3 ft (97.0 m) tall. It is behind Kingda Ka, Top Thrill Dragster, Superman: Escape from Krypton, Tower of Terror II, Red Force and Fury 325.
- Sixth longest roller coaster drop, of 306.8 ft and 93.5 m.
- World's longest roller coaster since August 2000.
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 (1.1 ft) wheel. The ride was closed for almost three years and reopened in 2006.
- 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. Archived from the original on March 20, 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
- "Record Holders". rcdb.com. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
- 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" Archived 2013-11-02 at the Wayback Machine..
- Roller Coaster Database. Steel Dragon 2000 (Nagashima Spa Land). Retrieved 19 February 2013.
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