|Runaway Mine Train|
|Designer / calculations||John Wardley|
|Type||Steel - Family|
|Model / product||Powered Coaster (custom)|
Top speed22.4 mph
Runaway Mine Train is a steel powered coaster manufactured by Mack Rides. It is the oldest roller coaster operating at Alton Towers. Usually the ride completes two circuits of the track but on quiet days, it completes three or more.
Design[edit | edit source]
The track has a twisting layout which also passes past the River Rapids. It is powered by a hot rail and has a capacity of 1,100 riders per hour.
Accidents[edit | edit source]
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. 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.