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Runaway Mine Train (Alton Towers)

roller coaster
Runaway Mine Train
Alton Towers
Location Alton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Park section Katanga Canyon
Status Operating since 1992
Cost £2,000,000
Height restriction 36 inches (91 cm)
Manufacturer Mack Rides
Designer / calculations John Wardley
Type Steel - Powered - Mine train
Model / product Powered Coaster (custom)
Hourly capacity 1100
Height36 feet
Drop62 feet
Top speed22.4 mph
Length1,000 feet
Steepest drop29°
G-force2.4 g

Runaway Mine Train is a steel powered roller coaster manufactured by Mack Rides. It is the oldest roller coaster operating at Alton Towers.[1] Usually the ride completes two circuits of the track[2] but on quiet days, it completes three or more.


The track has a twisting layout which also passes past the River Rapids. It is powered by a hot rail. It has a capacity of 1,100 riders per hour.


On 20 July 2006 the failure of a coupling on the train split it into two sections, which then collided in the tunnel. 20 people were injured, 6 of whom were taken to hospital; 4 of the 6 were sent home, and 2 were kept in overnight.[3] On 6 April 2007 the Runaway Mine Train reopened after being closed for over 8 months. However the train was not returned to its full length until the end of June 2007, as some of the carriages were still undergoing refurbishment at Mack Rides.

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