It has sadly been confirmed by Chessington that the Runaway Train is to remain closed for the 2013 season. The ride, originally opened in 1987 and was an opening day attraction for the park.
The Runaway Train has sadly looked pretty tired of late. It is anticipated that Chessington will rejuvenate the ride. The rockwork has seen better days and the ride’s operation has been somewhat unreliable. With spouts of downtime throughout most of the 2012 season.
It is believed the closure of the ride is due to safety concerns over the ride’s rockwork. The structure was installed on scaffolding when the attraction was originally constructed. It is thought that the scaffolding structure will be removed and new, permanent rockwork will be installed. With the ride reopening for 2014.
Other safety concerns regarding theming within the park have seen other changes. With the removal of the large stone heads from the main drop of Dragon Falls. Alongside other theming aspects around the park. It is believed that these items, originally installed when the park opened, are no longer structurally safe.
Although it is unconfirmed if the ride will reopen in the same guise. It has been confirmed that the ride will not be removed from the resort. We will of course be keeping a close eye on the works going on. Keep an eye on our website and social channels for the latest news and updates.