The Runaway Mine Train was Great Adventure's first major roller coaster running through the woods and along the lakes of the Rootin' Tootin' Rip Roarin' section of the park. The steel coaster was custom designed to fit the area and featured wooden supports along the lake and guest facing areas, with steel supports along the back areas that were out of public view.

The coaster was ready for the park's July 1st opening day, though the station for the ride along with the Fort and the rest of the Rootin' Tootin' Rip Roarin' area of the park were slightly delayed opening July 4th.