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Green Dragon (GreenWood Forest Park)

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Green Dragon
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GreenWood Forest Park
Location Y Felinheli, Gwynedd, Wales, UK
Status Operating since May 29, 2004
Height restriction 48 inches (122 cm) unaccompanied
38 inches (97 cm) with an adult
Statistics
Manufacturer WGH Transportation
Type Steel - Terrain
Riders per train 20
Propulsion Funicular railway
Drop25 feet
Length918.7 feet
Inversions0
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Green Dragon (Welsh: Y Ddraigg Werdd) is a steel roller coaster located at GreenWood Forest Park in Y Felinheli, Gwynedd, Wales, UK. It was built by WGH Transportation[1] and opened on May 29, 2004.[2] The roller coaster is unique in that it uses guests' potential energy to lift the train and, when operating at full capacity, it generates electricity for the national grid.

Design[edit]

Green track and supports. The ride has an on-ride camera.

Layout[edit]

The roller coaster has a relatively short length of 918.7 feet which twists through forest while keeping close to the terrain. It then passes over the slide attraction before making a 270 degree turn at its highest point above ground and heading back into the woods towards the station.

Trains[edit]

One of the five cars

Single train with 5 cars. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train. Riders are restrained by a single lap bar for each row.

Operation[edit]

Green Dragon has a single train. While queuing, guests climb a set of stairs. Before riding, a train's worth of guests stand in a booth which is then allowed to fall slowly. The booth is connected mechanically to a platform which raises the train. The potential energy from the riders is thus transferred to the empty train, causing it to rise as it is lighter than the booth containing people. The guests in the booth then climb another set of stairs and board the train, which then accelerated out the station by drive tyres. After riding, guests leave the train at the lowest point and the cycle is repeated.[2]

Efficiency[edit]

The park claims that, with an average of ten passengers per cycle, the ride is 93% efficient. With a full load, the roller coaster is over 100% efficient and feeds electricity back to the national grid.

References[edit]

  1. Roller Coasters - WGH Transportation
  2. 2.0 2.1 'People-power' rollercoaster opens - BBC News