Sometime, a few months ago I believe, a wheel had disconnected from the train at the bottom of a hill, sending the train to a screeching halt and calling for the park to evacuate all the riders on the ride.
I dont remember if anyone was hurt, anyone have a news article link?
I have family nearby, and they've said nothing about it being down. Granted, I haven't really asked, either. Still, it's been some time since that accident. I would bet it's up and running. Even if not, though. Nagashima is an AWESOME place. Think CP, but even cleaner.
Crazy...I really wonder if that's true. It was not like there was a fatility, and it IS their star ride. It's been so long since it happened, too. If they think there's really a problem and it's still closed, kudos to them for doing what they think is best for safety!
"For now, we have suspended operation. We are currently undecided concerning future operation."
You might find that a little confusing, but this is how I read it:
"The ride is closed. We do not know when it will reopen."
Then again, who knows? Maybe somebody dropped the ball and the ride is open.
No, as of a few weeks ago, Steel Dragon 2000 is still not operational. A member from another forum visited Japan then, and was disappointed to learn that the coaster was still closed due to the incident which happened when? Around last August? I agree that's quite a long time.
I'm actually quite surprised. But, the Japanese are meticulous to a degree unehard of in America and they are safety conscious to an extreme degree too (toweling off the rails of SD2K by hand after a rainstorm). So, in that aspect I guess it's not to surprising.
But, to me, White Cyclone is still their star attraction, not SD2K. :)