|Ride Type:||Steel mine train coaster|
|Top Speed:||26 mph|
|Flash Pass Enabled:||No|
Six Flags over Texas introduced the Mine Train in 1966 to the Boomtown section and the ride remains the park's oldest operating roller coaster (technically another ride was SFoT's first coaster). The first mine train roller coaster in the world, the ride cost an estimated $1 million to create and features theming throughout to make the ride resemble a real mine train. Although the ride was originally named the "Runaway Mine Train," the park began to refer to the ride simply as the "Mine Train" in 1996 when Runaway Mountain was introduced to avoid confusion.
The Mine Train's three separate lift hills propel trains as they traverse through tunnels and over Johnson Creek. The third lift hill takes riders into the "Ace Hotel and Saloon" before it dives below the Caddo lake and back into the station. The ride's long track and three lift hills enable up to four trains to be operated simultaneously, although this is rarely done.
For the ride's 40th anniversary season in 2006, the American Coaster Enthusiasts named the Runaway Mine Train a roller coaster landmark for its historical significance.
- The park originally planned for the Mine Train to have more theming including sending the train across a burning bridge (kept aflame by butane).
- The section after the second lift hill had to be re-profiled after the ride opened and was deemed too violent. Originally there were more turns and a section of speed bumps that caused many riders to lose their belongings.
- Six Flags added a tunnel with waterfalls that trains passed through when the track between the second and third lift hills was renovated.
- The Mine Train has long been billed by Six Flags as the world's first tubular steel roller coaster. However, that honor actually belongs to Disneyland's Matterhorn Bobsleds which opened in 1959. The Mine Train is however the first tubular steel coaster with traditional coaster trains (versus the toboggans that Matterhorn uses).
These early photos of the Mine Train were taken during its construction and early years of operation. Images are copyright their respective, original owner and GuideToSFoT makes no claims to their ownership.
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