Runaway Mine Train (Alton Towers)
|Runaway Mine Train|
|Park section||Katanga Canyon|
|Type||Steel – Powered – Mine Train|
|Lift/launch system||powered hot rail|
|Height||68 ft (21 m)|
|Drop||62 ft (19 m)|
|Length||1,000 ft (300 m)|
|Speed||22.4 mph (36.0 km/h)|
|Max vertical angle||29°|
|Capacity||700 riders per hour|
|Runaway Mine Train at RCDB
Pictures of Runaway Mine Train at RCDB
The ride tends to have overly-enthusiastic operators, who quite often shout "Choo Choo" as the train passes through the station. The train normally makes two circuits for each ride, although on quiet days it has been known to run for three or more circuits. The ride runs alongside the Congo River Rapids, of which it shares a tunnel section. Passengers must be at least 0.9m tall to ride with an adult, and over 1.1m tall to ride separately.
On 20 July 2006 the failure of a coupling on the train caused it to split 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.
As of 2013 it is officially the park's oldest roller coaster as The Beastie was removed before the start of the 2013 season, after being SBNO (standing but not operating) for a number of years.
References↑Jump back a section
- Runaway Mine Train at Alton Towers Almanac
- Runaway Mine Train at Towers Nerd
- Runaway Mine Train on Alton Towers Net
- Runaway Mine Train data on Theme Park Junkies
- Runaway Mine Train on ThemeParks-UK
- Runaway Mine Train info and pictures on the Alton Towers Guide
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