Ride Type: Steel Mine Train Coaster
Ride Height: 35 Feet
Ride Length: 2,400 Feet
Maximum Speed: 35 MPH
Cars Per Train: 5
Passengers Per Car: 6
Ride Manufacturer: Arrow Development
Ride Colors: Red & Black
Runaway Mine Train is renamed Mine Train.
The action of running 4 trains at one time is reduced to 3.
Runaway Mine Train trains receive paint job to a wooden mine train theme.
The Mine Train name is renamed back to Runaway Mine Train.
Much debate arises when people talk about Runaway Mine Train and it's status as the first steel tubular roller coaster in the world. The Matterhorn Bobsled at Disneyland was constructed first, Mine Train is the first of it's type in the world as the two rides share some differences.
Designed by Ron Toomer and Arrow Dynamics, Runaway Mine Train coast $1 million when it was constructed and opened in 1966. The ride was highly-themed with a unique station, multiple lifts, tunnels, a waterfall, and even the Ace Hotel that sends riders plummeting under water.
Today, many of these pieces still exist, though some of them have disappeared over the history of the ride.
A National Landmark
In 2002, an organization known as American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) created the Roller Coaster Landmark award to recognize roller coasters of historical significance.
In 2006, ACE awarded Runaway Mine Train with the Roller Coaster Landmark award. This was also the ride's 40th anniversary.
A plaque has been put up inside the park at the entrance of Runaway Mine Train for guests of the park to see.