Kings Island railroad gives 50 millionth ride

Source; Kings Island
Source; Kings Island

MASON, OH (FOX19) - The Kings Island and Miami Valley Railroad attraction at Kings Island has surpassed the 50-million mark in rides given since opening with the park in 1972.

It's the second-most in park history, behind the Racer roller coaster, which has given more than 97 million rides.

Kings Island's locomotives are scale replicas of the famous 1800's locomotive known as The General, which was the subject of the Great Locomotive Chase of the American Civil War, and are real authentic steam-spitting trains.  Each of the two engines pulls six coaches and when both trains are filled to capacity, 960 guests can be on rail at one time.

More than 5,000 guests may ride on the train each hour.

Kings Island is closed to the public until September 21, when the sixth season of Halloween Haunt begins.

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