Dragon Coaster Trains @ Rye Playland

Sunday, August 27, 2006 12:24 AM
I went to Rye Playland with a friend today (trip report to follow soon... hopefully :) ) and I didn't recognize who made the trains.

Does anyone know who made thoes trains? Thanks! :)

Sunday, August 27, 2006 12:29 AM
Morgan. Blah! :(
Sunday, August 27, 2006 12:34 AM
Eeeww.. on a woodie? Well, the ride itself was still pretty good, IMO.
Sunday, August 27, 2006 12:53 AM
Yeah but why the F would you go to Morgan and not PTC for new trains. I mean that is such a great coaster. What they did would have been like Kennywood getting Morgan trains for the Racer when they replaced those trains a few years ago.
Sunday, August 27, 2006 1:19 AM
Tim - quite a few woodies have Morgan trains.
Sunday, August 27, 2006 1:33 AM
*cue the list*
Monday, August 28, 2006 9:24 AM
I assume that Morgan trains were cheaper that PTC's. Either that or they were advertised as being lighter and therefore less destructive to track. Being a government-owned park, I'm sure Playland was obligated to give the job to the lowest bidder.

One thing I have noticed- Morgan trains operate on a lot of full-size (not PTC junior) coasters designed for flanged wheels. Is this a coincidence, or does PTC not build full-size flanged wheel trains?

Monday, August 28, 2006 9:27 AM
That's what I was thinking, Rob. Morgan might have been the only company to offer a flanged-wheel *full size* train (PTC junior trains have flanged wheels).
Monday, August 28, 2006 1:24 PM
Not sure if it makes a difference in the above observation/point, but several woodies have used both PTC and Morgan trains: Colossus, Riverside Cyclone, Texas Cyclone, Rattler...
Monday, August 28, 2006 2:08 PM
^ Guide wheels instead of flanged wheels? Would make for an extra set of wheels that wouldn't have been needed on the original P&Cs, but MAYBE it's a possibility....

Someone e-mail Tom Rebbie... ;)

Monday, August 28, 2006 3:20 PM
Oh and just to shake things up some more, Morgan trains are now PTC trains too, or specifically PTC's "California" model if I recall.
Monday, August 28, 2006 4:21 PM
Does PTC still sell- or try to sell- those things? I don't think any were sold once PTC purchased that division of Morgan, leading me to believe they purchased the rights to build them just so they could get them off the market and push parks to buy real PTC trains.
Monday, August 28, 2006 4:40 PM
The Monstre at La Ronde was designed by Bill Cobb to specifically use those trains. Unfortunately, seeing as how even those light trains destroy the track fast, I would not even dare think of what PTC trains would do to the ride!

It also opened without upstop wheels. It instead had a metal bar.


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