Runaway Train

Chessington World of Adventures

All aboard for a runaway train ride through the mines of Calamity Canyon…

Theme ParkChessington World of Adventures
Park AreaMexicana
TypePowered Rollercoaster
Opened7 June 1987 (as "Runaway Mine Train")
1998 (as "Runaway Train")
Closed2012 (replaced by Scorpion Express)
ManufacturerMack Rides
ModelBlauer Enzian
ExtrasOn-Ride Photos
Passengers board the Runaway Train

Passengers board the Runaway Train

Runaway Mine Train opened as Chessington was being converted from Chessington Zoo into Chessington World of Adventures in 1987.

The powered rollercoaster took visitors on a hair-raising trip on an out-of-control mine train as it raced through the rocks and caves around Calamity Canyon.

The ride was extensively themed, and fitted in well with the original Wild Western town theme of the Calamity Canyon area. Although just a simple Mack Powered Coaster, it won many fans over the years thanks in large part to the extra excitement created by racing in and out of the rockwork.

It was renamed to the simpler “Runaway Train” when Rattlesnake was added in 1998, as it didn’t make sense for there to be two mine train type rides so close to each other in the newly rethemed Mexicana area.

Following several years of inadequate investment in maintenance and upkeep, by the end of 2012 the rockwork around the ride was in bad shape. Runaway Train was closed and over the course of the 2013 season almost all the original theming was removed. The ride was “relaunched” as the much inferior Scorpion Express for the 2014 season, with the detailed mine theme replaced by some cheap looking two-dimensional cut outs and a weird robotic scorpion.

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Runaway Train to Scorpion Express

Chessington's old Runaway Train closed in 2012 and was re-themed and converted into Scorpion Express over the 2013 season, with the new ride launching in 2014.

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