American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) recognizes Six Flags Over Texas’ Runaway Mine Train as an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark, a designation reserved for rides of historic significance.
Opened in July 1966, this 2,485-foot-long, 35-foot-high tubular steel track coaster launched an entirely new genre of themed mine train coasters, with over a dozen ultimately built across the country. Amusement ride pioneers Karl Bacon and Ed Morgan of the Arrow Development Company in California, utilized the early engineering skills of Ronald Toomer for the design. Morgan supervised the car design and track fabrication while Toomer eventually used this new technology to develop the giant steel rides of today. By combining clever inversions with impressive heights, he helped advance the steel coaster into the 21st century.
With its curving track layout, three lifts, and underwater tunnel finale, this ride provides thrills for families and guests of all ages who enjoy riding together. Although overshadowed by larger and faster rides, Runaway Mine Train stands as the oldest coaster in the park, and not only has a place in history but in the hearts of park guests as well.
American Coaster Enthusiasts
During the Runaway Mine Train’s 40th Anniversary Season
September 9, 2006