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Rollercoaster Mine
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"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!!"
Evil tour guide, Devil's Mine Ride

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.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • The Pokémon episode "Island of the Giant Pokemon." Justified in that it's actually a theme park, though no one realizes this during the main course of the episode.
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Joseph Joestar makes ingenious use of the trope.

    Comic Books 

    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 ŕ 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 

    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 

    Pinballs 

    Theme Parks 
  • The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride in 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.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Myst:
    • The underground coaster maze in Selentic age.
    • Also, one mode of transport in Riven is by mine cart.
  • This is a standard type of coaster in RollerCoaster Tycoon. It's not even a themed car style; it's an actual unique ride type.
  • 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.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 
  • 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!"

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