Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spaland, Japan
The Steel Dragon 2000 rollercoaster found at Nagashima Spaland, in Nagoya, Japan. Along with all of the other rides, i visited the theme park in March 2010.
Of all the rollercoasters i have been on in Australia, Asia and the US, this is my favourite coaster. You can't beat the feeling of weightlessness of the drops, and the tears bought on from the speed of the coaster and the cold winds.
The Steel Dragon 2000 is the tallest coaster to use a traditional chain lift. Because of the length of the lift hill, two chains are used — one for the bottom half and one for the top half. A single chain would have been excessively long, heavy and very slow, at least twice the weight of a single train. As a result, the block brakes are set up to allow two trains to safely occupy the lift simultaneously.
The building of Steel Dragon 2000 required far more steel than other coasters for earthquake protection.