Wednesday, March 17, 2004 8:01 AM
Here's another item not so much news, but some neat photos. This is a new Gerstlauer in Germany, though the name of the park doesn't sound familiar:
Check out those crazy turns and bunny hops. I don't understand why we don't have more rides like this in the US.
Wednesday, March 17, 2004 8:11 AM
That looks like a lot of fun. I agree Jeff, why don't our parks look in to these? I'd bet they're pretty affordable too, as they're about the same size (a bit bigger) than mice.
Wednesday, March 17, 2004 8:12 AM
I posted a link to similar photos and an onride POV from testrides here:
Wednesday, March 17, 2004 9:09 AM
Wow, that section of bunny hops looks absolutely nuts. I can't wait to see the theming once it's complete. We definitely need more Gerstlauers in the States...and not
their woodie trains!
Wednesday, March 17, 2004 10:32 AM
Gerstlauer is the B&M of the 21st century.
The transitions and hills are nowhere near as violent as they look. With single cars, they're actually almost...composed?
I see Six Flags buying buttloads of Gerstlauers in the next year or two--but unlike Vekoma, the G folks will deliver on time, every time.
Wednesday, March 17, 2004 11:02 AM
But won't people complain that it's a Gerstlauer and wine about how much better it would be if PTC built it instead?
Wednesday, March 17, 2004 12:43 PM
Hahahaha. If you look closely, those are the same bars you find on the Gerstlauer wood trains, though at least they're the newer version with the flat outside bar.
Wednesday, March 17, 2004 1:01 PM
The whole Gerstlauer/PTC thing is a bit of a double standard to me. "How dare someone put a rigid restraint and seat on a wood coaster train!" For steel coasters, we get hard seats and restraints and take it as-is and give out kudos. Granted the engineering on the steelies are better, but the same issues exist if riders are thrown about.
Wednesday, March 17, 2004 1:08 PM
that downward helix looks INTENSE, we need more gerstlauers, and more maurer sohnes
Wednesday, March 17, 2004 1:10 PM
the ride is Hirbe Fahrt, at Wild- & Freizeitpark Klotten
Wednesday, March 17, 2004 1:25 PM
And thus begins the mouse renaissance...again. I was kinda shocked at how good the pacing is throughout this ride. It was haulin' ass in that final helix....although, if you look closely there are some boosters along the course.
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Wednesday, March 17, 2004 1:37 PM
He said "Hirbe Fahrt"...
Wednesday, March 17, 2004 2:50 PM
It was haulin' ass in that final helix....although, if you look closely there are some boosters along the course.
Boosters? What Boosters?! Its howlin´ass all on its own. :)
I guess what you saw are the magnetic brakes (which are only mounted on one side). After the brakes is a tire drive which can bring the car to a full stop if needed.
Wednesday, March 17, 2004 3:19 PM
Ahh, thanks for setting me straight. I was wondering what those were for.