Arrow/Vekoma Relation

Tuesday, July 20, 2004 7:23 PM
What was the relation between Arrow and Vekoma?

I've mulled this question on and off for the last 15 years or so. The track and train of their old loopers are identical. This would seem to suggest they are somehow related. I've searched high and low for information on this and found nothing. Perhaps they share a patent?

Anyone have answers?

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Tuesday, July 20, 2004 7:34 PM
Vekoma bought a license to use Arrow track design, and bought trains from Arrow outright.
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Tuesday, July 20, 2004 8:33 PM
better question what is the Arrow/S&S connection? S&S web site doesn't show any of the Arrow product on their website.
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Tuesday, July 20, 2004 9:41 PM
The track and trains of both the Arrow and Vekoma suspended coasters are also very simular

Arrow:

http://rcdb.com/installationgallery73.htm?Picture=2

Vekoma:

http://rcdb.com/installationgallery915.htm?Picture=1

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Tuesday, July 20, 2004 10:34 PM
Vekoma In't. signed a contract with Arrow Development to use their fabrication materials.
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Tuesday, July 20, 2004 11:22 PM
Maybe you should of used this arrow coaster for a similarities.

Arrow:

http://rcdb.com/installationgallery129.htm?Picture=11

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Tuesday, July 20, 2004 11:38 PM
Cedar "counter" point, S&S bought Arrow. That's the connection you seek.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2004 2:28 AM
Thanks, kRaXLeRidAh and ShaneDenmark, that's exactly what I was after.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2004 3:39 AM

kRaXLeRidAh said:
Vekoma In't. signed a contract with Arrow Development to use their fabrication materials.

Fabrication materials would imply that Vekoma used Arrow's steel, which doesn't make sense. As mentioned earlier, they licensed the track design. The same goes for the suspended coasters.

It's also interesting to note that though the old trains were Arrow, most used Vekoma restraints, which might suggest that they thought they were better suited to their ride designs than those that the Arrow rides had.

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Thursday, July 22, 2004 2:29 PM
Initally Arrow did license Vekoma to build track and Arrow supplied the trains. When Huss owned Arrow the corkscrew drawings were sold to Vekoma (stupid)

Same with the suspended, although Vekoma soon came out with the SLC.

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Thursday, July 22, 2004 2:58 PM
In the opening sentence of this thread, the word "and". ;)

Sorry, today is smart@$$ day in my neck of the woods. ;)

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