"I reckon you're all ready to take a nice, easy tour of this here ol' mine. Ohhhh, they fixed it up real nice and safe for ya, heh heh heh! 'Cept that you ain't goin' there, noooo! You're gonna see MY kinda mine! Ah ha ha ha ha! If you can! Just try and come back alive! Ah ha ha ha haaaa!!"A staple in Western movies along with a couple Adventure films, the Rollercoaster Mine is a mountain railway used as a roller coaster. Mining trolleys roll at high speed down impractically steep and seemingly frictionless rails that weave in and out of an improbably long chain of tunnels, and often across bridges. Sometimes, they'll even do jumps. Works great for a Chase Scene. Surprisingly often, a mine cart full of protagonists that's been rolling downhill at great speed for a couple of minutes will suddenly break through a nailed-together criss-cross of old boards, and burst out on the surface. If this phenomenon can be harnessed, it will provide the world with infinite energy. Of course, they may have started at a higher altitude, or something. Theme Park Landscape is the supertrope. Minecart Madness is a Video Game-specific subtrope.
— Evil tour guide, Devil's Mine Ride
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Films — Animation
- In Castle in the Sky, the pirates' car chases an engine on the elevated track over a mining town.
- Lucky Luke animated movies:
- La Ballade des Dalton (1978): The Daltons try to find an old-timer by climbing into a mine-cart and have a rollercoaster ride.
- Lucky Luke: Go West! (Tous à l'Ouest, 2007) has probably the most ludicrous example, with a very lengthy sequence featuring a good dozen of carts all full of people chasing after the Daltons in an incredibly large mine with complex railways that would put to shame any modern rollercoaster, fully crashing into on Bizarrchitecture and Gravity Screw at times.
- In Hoodwinked, Red Puckett and the Wolf come close to encountering each other in a coal mine with roller coaster-type mine tracks.
- Replace the mine cars and tracks with bare-assed sliding through ice tunnels, and you've got the cavern scenes from Ice Age.
Films — Live-Action
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is the Trope Codifier, its famous minecart scene is the inspiration for most other examples on this page. Though they weren't the first ones to do it. See the first Lucky Luke example above.
- The 2008 version of Journey to the Center of the Earth has one. Which was in 3-D no less.
- The 2001 German western parody Der Schuh des Manitu / Manitou's Shoe
- Gringotts Bank in the Harry Potter series.
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Disney Theme Parks is built around this trope. Indeed, this is a not-uncommon type of roller coaster.
- Cedar Point's Cedar Creek Mine Ride is actually one of the tamer coasters at the park, and favored by riders who aren't quite up to Millennium Force or Top Thrill Dragster.
- The page quote is from a motion simulator ride called The Devil's Mine which is based on this trope.
- Part of Arthur, l'Aventure 4D at the Futuroscope involves a Rollercoaster Mine. The rest of the time, this simulator ride invokes flying instead.
- The Runaway Mine Train ride at Alton Towers uses this theme, and as of 2013 is the oldest roller coaster still operating at the park.
- Reverend Ray has an option of riding a cart in the mine level of Call of Juarez.
- Mario Kart Wii has "Wario's Gold Mine," a track set in one of these. You have to dodge loaded mine carts filled with gold. If you follow the carts and are careful not to touch them, you might find a shortcut. This track was remade for Mario Kart 8 as Downloadable Content.
- Minecraft allows you to build these, and at one point the front page of its website touted this as a major selling point. Yogscast YouTube series Shadow of Israphel provides a good example, with Knight_Peculier dying in one.
- Numerous levels in Donkey Kong Country.
- The final challenge in the Nancy Drew game Last Train To Blue Moon Canyon.
- This is a recurring level theme in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Master System/Game Gear has Underground Zone.
- Sonic Rivals 2 has Frontier Canyon.
- The last portion of Rocky Ridge in Sonic Free Riders consists of this. Interestingly, the mine carts go faster than the hoverboards they're racing on.
- The underground coaster maze in Selentic age.
- Also, one mode of transport in Riven is by mine cart.
- RollerCoaster Tycoon:
- A few rollercoasters can have their car styled after mine carts.
- There also is a standard type of coaster with this theme for the track itself.
- Duke Nukem Forever has a brief Rollercoaster Mine sequence near the end of its Wild West section.
- Dwarf Fortress, once minecarts were added. Minecarts can be pushed along manually or mechanically, controlled with automated doors and improvised "switches", they activate Pressure Plate and accelerate when rolling down ramps, derail and re-rail easily and achieve velocity allowing them to skiprock over water or magma. They can carry (and auto-dump) water or magma after being submerged in liquids. Hurl contents upon a sudden stop. And so on. Tracks are auto-marked as low traffic area, but this only discourages dwarves from getting there if they have other choice and doesn't affect other critters at all... no cow-catchers, either.
- The Sega Arcade Game Rail Chase is entirely this. An actual roller coaster based on the game was one of the attractions at the short-lived Sega World theme park.
- Pajama Sam No Need To Hide When It's Dark Outside plays this straight. Good thing King, the resident living mine cart, knows how to get around the place without hurting Sam.
- Deliberately (and emphatically) averted in a strip from Chasing the Sunset strip.
- Played straight in Our Little Adventure as the cart Julie and her group rides on does steep drops and even loops. The cart does jumps as well, though this is accomplished with a wand they picked up as treasure earlier.
- A sequence from Wapsi Square starts this way, although the cart ends up way outside the mine.
- Ally, Reece and Sheila of At Arm's Length getting into one of these during the "Powder Keg" storyline, complete with a running battle with enemies in other carts.
- In Journey of the Cartoon Man, Roy and Valerie arrive at Oswald Sherzikien's castle in a very roller coaster-esque mine cart. It even plays a safety spiel before it starts rolling.
- Hanna-Barbera's The Adventures of Gulliver episode "The Hero". After Captain Leech kidnaps Flirtacia, the other Lilliputians follow him into a mine. They end up pursuing him with both parties traveling in mine carts.
- In Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, Babs, Buster and company go through a literal example of these, complete with a shopping mall AND the theme park Happy World Land, all while being chased by a Jason Voorhees ripoff with a chainsaw.
- There's a brief minecart pursuit in the 1973/74 Superfriends episode "The Planet Splitter" when Doctor LeBon's assistant Wilbur tries to escape through subterranean coal mine tunnels.
- Home on the Range has this when they capture Alameda Slim.
- One of the Raceworld zones in the Kerwhizz episode "Wild West World" features an abandoned mine, through which the racers are pursued by what they think are bandits in a mine cart.
- In the Family Guy episode, "The Courtship of Stewie's Father", Peter is rescuing Stewie from Disney World employees and they hop on an Indiana Jones-themed minecart ride (complete with Peter in Indy's regalia).
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has gotten in on the fun, in "A Canterlot Wedding".
- Fievel's American Tails features an improbable roller coaster mine track in the episode "The Lost Mother Lode", which after going through huge drops and loops ends in a mud puddle.
- The Secret Saturdays: Zak and Drew chase Argost through a rollercoaster mine in "Into the Mouth of Darkness".
"Well I'll be! You made it through! You're the first to come back alive in a long time! Wait...You wanna see it again? Huh?! Ah ha ha ha ha ha!"