Big Bad John

Roller coaster in the United States
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Big Bad John
Magic Springs & Crystal Falls
Location Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
Status Operating since 2002
Rider height 42 inch minimum
Name Thunder Express
Location Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA
Operated 1989 to 1998
Replaced by Tennessee Tornado
Six Flags St. Louis
Name River King Mine Train
Location Eureka, Missouri, USA
Operated June 1980 to 1987
Replaced by Ninja
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Product Runaway Train
Type Steel - Hybrid
Riders per train 28
Propulsion Chain Lift hill
Height 32 feet
Drop 41 feet
Top speed 37 mph
Length 2349 feet
Inversions 0
Duration 3:00

Big Bad John is a steel hybrid roller coaster located at Magic Springs & Crystal Falls in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA.


The River King Mine Train opened in June 1971, and was two similar roller coasters placed side-by-side, this ride being one. In 1987, this coaster closed and was standing but not operating in 1988, before being relocated to Dollywood. It operated from 1989 to 1999 as the Thunder Express. It was then moved to Magic Springs & Crystal Falls, where it reopened in 2002 as the Big Bad John.



Color scheme

Black track with unpainted wooden supports.


5 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows, except for the front car which has 2, for a total of 28 riders per train.


External links

Articles on Magic Springs
Articles on Dollywood
Articles on Six Flags St. Louis