Ride of Steel

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Ride of Steel
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Six Flags Darien Lake
Location Darien Center, New York, USA
Status Operating since May 15, 1999
Cost $12,000,000 USD
Height restriction Min: 54 inches (137 cm)
Min: 76 inches (193 cm)
Statistics
Manufacturer Intamin
Designer / calculations Ing. - Buro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Hyper
Product Mega Coaster
Riders per train 32
Hourly capacity 1,100
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 208 feet
Drop 205 feet
Top speed 73 mph
Length 5400 feet
Inversions 0
Drop angle 68°
Duration 2:02
HELP
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Ride of Steel is a steel Intamin Mega Coaster roller coaster located at Six Flags Darien Lake in Darien Center, New York, USA. It opened in 1999 as Superman: Ride of Steel. A mirrored clone of this ride, Superman: Ride of Steel, opened at Six Flags America in 2000. For the 2007 season, coinciding with the sale of Darien Lake by Six Flags, the Superman branding was dropped.

In 2018 Six Flags re-acquired operation of Darien Lake, however, the Superman branding has not returned.

Design

Elements

Trains

2 trains with 8 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 32 riders per train.

Records

Ride of Steel was built as and remains the tallest roller coaster in New York State as of 2021.

Incidents

2011

On July 8, 2011, 29-year-old United States Army veteran was thrown from his seat when the double-amputee raised his arms to retrieve a hat that had come loose at the crest of the third and final hill (one of the highest speed zones of the ride). This resulted in the man striking the front of the train and falling roughly 150 feet from the ride causing his death. According to New York State investigations, it was determined that Hackemer was not wearing his prosthetic limbs at the time of the incident. In addition, ride operators did not proficiently understand the safety guidelines and operating procedures and failed to abide by the ride's safety measures (also posted on signage at the ride's entrance) including a requirement that riders have both legs.[1][2][3]

2021

In May of 2021, Six Flags Darien Lake opened to the public for the season, however Ride of Steel remained closed. The coaster underwent numerous test runs with guests noting the slow speed of the trains compared to normal operations. On Sunday May 23, 2021 as the empty train made its way into the station, the train's wheel assembly suffered a malfunction causing the train to become stuck in the break run. The train had to be manually removed to the maintenance tracks. Speculation arose to a possible derailment, however pak officials never confirmed this outright. The ride remains uncertified by New York State and remains inoperable. The extent of the damage to the coaster remains unknown and an opening date is yet to be set. Unofficial reports from park insiders confirm the events and mention "suspension issues" of the trains as an issue as well as the wheel assemblies. The ride will remain Standing But Not Operating until further notice.

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