Steel Dragon 2000

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Steel Dragon 2000
Steel dragon 2000.jpg
Steel Dragon 2000
Nagashima Spa Land
Coordinates 35°01′52″N 136°43′48″E / 35.031156°N 136.730078°E / 35.031156; 136.730078Coordinates: 35°01′52″N 136°43′48″E / 35.031156°N 136.730078°E / 35.031156; 136.730078
Status Operating
Opening date August 1, 2000 (2000-08-01)
Cost $52,000,000 USD
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer D. H. Morgan Manufacturing
Designer Steve Okamoto
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)
Inversions 0
Duration 4:00
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).

Design[edit]

  • 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.[1]
  • In 2013, Steel Dragon 2000 received new trains from Bolliger & Mabillard.[2][3]
  • The ride includes two tunnels.

Records[edit]

  • 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.[4]
  • World's longest roller coaster since August 2000.[1]

Incident[edit]

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.[5][6] The ride was closed for almost three years and reopened in 2006.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Daily Telegraph (21 April 2011). "Top 10 tallest rollercoasters". Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  2. ^ ""Steel Dragon 2000 new" is finally here! Debut on March 15, 2013 (Friday)!". Nagashima Spa Land. March 13, 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Steel Dragon 2000 Adds B&M Trains". VHCoasters.com. March 17, 2013. Archived from the original on March 20, 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Record Holders". rcdb.com. Retrieved 2017-12-30. 
  5. ^ RTÉ News (23 August 2003). "2 hurt in roller coaster accident"
  6. ^ 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..
  7. ^ Roller Coaster Database. Steel Dragon 2000 (Nagashima Spa Land). Retrieved 19 February 2013.
Preceded by
Millennium Force
World's Tallest Complete Circuit Roller Coaster
August 2000 – May 2003
Succeeded by
Top Thrill Dragster
Preceded by
Millennium Force
World's Fastest Complete Circuit Roller Coaster
August 2000 – December 2001
Succeeded by
Dodonpa
Preceded by
Daidarasaurus
World's Longest Roller Coaster
August 2000–Present
Succeeded by
None