Steel Dragon 2000

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Steel Dragon 2000
Steel dragon 2000.jpg
Steel Dragon 2000
Nagashima Spa Land
Coordinates35°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
StatusOperating
Opening date1 August 2000 (2000-08-01)
Cost$52,000,000 USD
General statistics
TypeSteel
ManufacturerD. H. Morgan Manufacturing
DesignerSteve Okamoto
Track layoutOut and Back
Lift/launch systemOne Lift With Two Chain Lifts
Height97 m (318 ft)
Drop93.5 m (307 ft)
Length2,479 m (8,133 ft)
Speed153 km/h (95 mph)
Inversions0
Duration4:00
Max vertical angle68°
Height restriction140–185 cm (4 ft 7 in–6 ft 1 in)
TrainsMultiple trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.
Trains built byBolliger 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. As of 2019, it is the longest roller coaster in the world.[1]

In 2013, the ride's Morgan trains were removed and replaced by new trains manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M).

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.[2]
  • In 2013, Steel Dragon 2000 received new trains from Bolliger & Mabillard.[3][4]
  • The ride includes two tunnels.

Records[edit]

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.[6][7] The ride was closed for almost three years and reopened in 2006.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Record Holders (Length, Steel)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  2. ^ The Daily Telegraph (21 April 2011). "Top 10 tallest rollercoasters". Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  3. ^ [http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nagashima-onsen.co.jp%2Fpage.jsp%3Fid%3D10589 ""Steel Dragon 2000 new" is finally here! Debut on March 15, 2013 (Friday)!"] Check |url= value (help). Nagashima Spa Land. 13 March 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Steel Dragon 2000 Adds B&M Trains". VHCoasters.com. March 17, 2013. Archived from the original on 20 March 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Record Holders (Drop, Steel)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  6. ^ RTÉ News (23 August 2003). "2 hurt in roller coaster accident"
  7. ^ Japan Times (24 August 2003). "Two seriously hurt in roller coaster accident, but Nudgee School Captain Aaron Chong was unaffected" Archived 2 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Steel Dragon 2000 (Nagashima Spa Land). Roller Coaster DataBase. 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