Mine train roller coaster

A mine roller coaster (English: Mine Train roller coaster ) is a themed mostly in Wild West style or in the style of a mine roller coaster, in the experience passengers a thrilling ride through a mine Mine, a mountain range or other Western scenery. The trains are mostly replicas of pit lanes or Loren, with whom ore, coal and other raw materials are transported to days. The storylines of many mine roller coasters draw primarily on the "Great Gold Rush ", which in Colorado experienced its heyday among others.

Typical driving elements of mine roller coasters are highly cross- sloping curves and helices, while on departures from a great height is usually omitted ( the height differences are typically no more than 15 meters). For this reason, many mine roller coasters have more than one lift hill. The rails of some mine roller coasters have wooden sleepers, but have no function, but are attached only as an ornament on the rails and are intended to give the impression that these are real railway tracks.


The first mine roller coaster of its kind Mine Train (until 1995 Run -A-Way Mine Train ) at the amusement park Six Flags Over Texas. Built in 1966 by Arrow Dynamics, it is the oldest roller coaster in the park and - together with the 1959 ( also by Arrow Dynamics ) Matterhorn Bobsleds built at Disneyland in California - one of the first steel roller coasters with tubular rails.

Types and manufacturers

Mine roller coasters are available in different designs from different manufacturers, including Vekoma that was responsible with the model Custom MK -900 M for the construction of Colorado Adventure in Phantasialand and Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland Resort Paris. A similar train operates Mack Rides with the Alpine Express Enzian at Europa-Park, a powered coaster which, although built in the style of a mine roller coaster, but can not be categorized as pure Mine roller coaster since rollercoasters type powered coaster may have different thematic designs.