The Scorpion Express is a Mack Blauer Enzian family coaster. It originally opened as the Runaway Mine Train in 1987 and operated for over twenty-five years. It had an Old Western theme and featured an extensively themed area and queue. Primarily designed by John Wardley, the queue took guests above buildings, around a lake and down into a small mine. The train used to run through the tunnels and caves of the mine.

Following years of use, the ride became tired. Due to the theming’s exposure to the elements and its original temporary nature, much of it had decayed. Forcing Chessington’s hand, the ride closed at the end of the 2012 season for what some thought may be the last time.

It was consistently one of Chessington’s most popular rides. Knowing of the popularity the park took every effort to preserve the ride in some form. In 2014 the ride reopened following a major reimagining. Gone was the ride’s classic runaway mine train theme and rockwork canyons.

The ride’s premise revolves around the town of Scorpion Valley. Overrun with Scorpions, an explosion caused the gold mine to collapse. All the residents have fled the town according to posters in the queue line. The Town Governor has supposedly left behind a giant, mechanical steam-powered scorpion fashioned from scrap metal from the explosion’s debris in an attempt to guard the gold against chancing looters.

The ride takes on average 2-3 circuits of the track per ride, and on a hot day, the scorpion can be turned on to spray guests from its tail. SFX elements such as fire periodically shoot up as guests pass on the train.

Mack Rides GmbH

Ride Model:
Powered Coaster

20ft / 6m

866ft / 264m

22mph / 35kph

10 Cars Per Train

1 Train

4 Per Car

Theoretical Capacity:
1000 Guests Per Hour


Minimum Height:
0.90m. Guests Under 1.10m must be accompanied by an adult aged 16+

Maximum Height:

Chest Restriction:
51 Inches Max.

Attraction Type:
Roller Coasters

Disabled Access:

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Scorpion Express Opens

Scorpion Express Opens

  March 15th 2014

Following a year closed, the former Runaway Train has reopened. Operating under a new guise for 2014, Scorpion Express…

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New For 2014: Scorpion Express

New For 2014: Scorpion Express

  January 20th 2014

In a surprise announcement, Chessington has revealed some big changes are in store for 2014. With a new 2014…

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Chessington Catches Fire

Chessington Catches Fire

  December 21st 2013

Today at approximately 08:30 am, Chessington World of Adventures had to call the emergency services. Following the breakout of…

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Rides Closed Until 2014

Rides Closed Until 2014

  July 22nd 2013

Today it has been revealed that more than one ride will remain closed for the season. Earlier in the…

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Runaway Train Closed For 2013

Runaway Train Closed For 2013

  March 18th 2013

It has sadly been confirmed by Chessington that the Runaway Train is to remain closed for the 2013 season.…

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