|Silver Dollar City|
|Location||Silver Dollar City|
|Type||Steel – Mine Train|
|Lift/launch system||Chain lift hill|
|Height||81 ft (25 m)|
|Length||3,022 ft (921 m)|
|Speed||48 mph (77 km/h)|
|Height restriction||42 in (107 cm)|
|Trains||2 trains with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 36 riders per train.|
| Thunderation at RCDB |
Pictures of Thunderation at RCDB
Thunderation is a steel mine train roller coaster located at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Manufactured by Arrow Dynamics, the ride opened in 1993.Originally, the third and fifth cars of each roller coaster train faced backward, but they were repositioned to face forward sometime after the 2010 season.
The train (the front part of the roller coaster looks like the locomotive of a steam train) leaves the station, takes a 180 degree right turn, goes straight forward, and makes a 180 degree left turn. The train enters a right turn helix, followed by a tunnel. Next, the train takes a 270 degree left turn. After going straight the train takes another 90 degree right turn drops into a short tunnel. The train goes up the lift hill, out of the tunnel. There is a 270 degree left turn. Finally, the train goes down the drop, and turns right 90 degrees into the station.
On some ride signs, the name is stylized as "ThuNderaTion", a reference to TNT to coincide with the ride's mining theme.
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