Runaway Mine Train (Alton Towers)

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Runaway Mine Train
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Alton Towers
Location Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK
Park section Katanga Canyon
Status Operating since 1992
Cost £2,000,000
Height restriction 91 cm (36 inches)
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Manufacturer Mack Rides
Designer / calculations John Wardley
Type Steel - Family
Product Powered Coaster (custom)
Hourly capacity 1100
Top speed 36 km/h
Length 304.8 metres
Inversions 0
Duration 1:50
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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

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

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, 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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