First human riders take spin on Voyage in Timberliner train

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

Video from Holiday World shows the Gravitykraft train in action with actual humans. Mike Graham and William Koch take the first ride.

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Wow! The Timberliners have a truly transformative effect on the people who ride in them! :)

I'm extremely happy to see this. Many congratulations to Gravitykraft on this milestone...just in time for the Big Show!

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WildStangAlex's avatar

So...what is the verdict? Are they as amazing as anticipated?


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The rows without seats had me doing double takes the entire video

Rick_UK's avatar

^ Me too!


Nothing to see here. Move along.

James Whitmore's avatar

"First human riders on Voyage in Timberliner train"... this has raised a question in my mind. Isn't this the first human ride in a Timberliner on any coaster?

Testing on Raven was non-human. I don't think that test train even had proper seats. And I've never heard of Timberliners tested or installed any any other coasters.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.


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...and I just added a HW trip to my calendar for May 7!

Jason Hammond's avatar

Looks like I will be making my first non-event trip to the park next year.


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Rihard's avatar

The trains look great. Whoever filmed did a nice job of catching the train in action at several spots during the ride. I'll be making a trip out there too. Mine will have to be an event trip though. I love those night rides just too much.


- R.A

Jason Hammond's avatar

Well an event or 2 will be attended as well. I'm just not sure I can wait that long. :-)


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Jeff's avatar

FYI... the Fall Affair will return again next year, making it I think the sixth year. No date yet, but we obviously have a lot of time until then to figure it all out.


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Jason Hammond's avatar

Seeing as how Holiwood Nights conflicts with CoasterMania again, I will definitely be doing Fall Affair.


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Rick_UK's avatar

I explained to a friend of mine the concept of the Timberliners at work last night. He was dead against it; "Smoother? They're gonna steer? It's supposed to be a wood coaster".

Does anyone else share this sentiment? I'm very intrigued.


Nothing to see here. Move along.

I dont think this is going to make the ride feel more "conrolled" like some people are worried about. The steering is probably going to smooth out the lateral forces on this ride (which personally I think is probably a good thing) but I dont see any reason why the new trains will affect the crazy airtime pops that ride has, at least I hope not. Those pops (and the floater air on the out portion) is the reason that ride is tied for my #1.

Either way though, the ride was much rougher this year then the last, obviously something needed to be done before that ride got "Villianed."

Jeff's avatar

The intensity of the ride is most dictated by the speed and quick direction changes, as far as I'm concerned. It's not like those are going away, and if the trains actually perform better, those elements will be taken even faster.


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