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Runaway Mine Train (Alton Towers)

Runaway Mine Train (Alton Towers)

powered coaster
Runaway Mine Train
Alton Towers
Location Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK
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 - Family
Model / product Powered Coaster (custom)
Hourly capacity 1100
Height36.1 feet
Drop62 feet
Top speed22.4 mph
Length1496.1 feet
Steepest drop29°

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[1] 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.[2] 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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