Great Nor'Easter will open with new trains, new name, at Morey's

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The Great Nor'easter, a favorite of Boardwalk thrill seekers since its 1995 debut, is slated to start the 2008 season with a new look, a new feel and a yet-to-be determined new name. The inverted steel coaster has become known for its thrilling twists and turns, its breathtaking ocean views and its somewhat rough ride, but the addition of new form-fitting seats with less confining seat restraints will make the popular ride more akin to what Jack Morey described as a "happy flight," as opposed to hurtling through a storm.

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eightdotthree's avatar
I never disliked the layout of these rides, just that my head got smashed while riding it. Good for Morey's for trying to improve the ride and the guest experience, but also for getting new life out of an old ride by renaming and theming it!
Nice analogies for the flight smoothness. So I think this is awesome, but why change the name, it's unique and I've always liked it. Just my .02.
*** This post was edited by Willh51 12/10/2007 10:53:14 AM ***
Vater's avatar
The Better Nor'Easter?

^^I agree, I've always thought the SLC layout was incredible. Near perfect pacing. Now it'll be all that and painless, too...

I know the restraints are the most significant change, but does anyone know if the wheel assemblies have been redesigned as well? I always found the headbanging was a result of the heavy shuffling the trains do throughout the course. Or, is the shuffling due to how the seats are attached to the chassis?

*** This post was edited by Vater 12/10/2007 11:08:24 AM ***

The are no changes with the chassis units. The wheels are fine. They are not spring-loaded bogies like the B&M's, which gave the shake.
It's nice to see a park spend money on an existing coaster to improve the ride experience for guests. So much for "parks would never replace so and so because they wouldn't see a ROI."
Lord Gonchar's avatar

So much for "parks would never replace so and so because they wouldn't see a ROI."

Considering the pay-per-ride nature of Morey's, it would stand to reason that less people riding a given ride (in this case, due to the brutal nature of the SLC) loses them money. Changing the trains and increasing ridership also increases revenue and shows a ROI.

Especially compared to removing/replacing the ride.

Not quite the same as a POP-only park.

Just saying...

The article said it was a "favorite" and "popular" ride, so I didn't think a $1.2 million upgrade was warranted based purely on making money. Just saying...
It's nice to see that they are making the best SLC out there better. I don't know about the name change though, I always thought it was a perfect name for the ride.

The Better Nor'Easter?

Genius! LOL!

WildStangAlex's avatar
Sounds pretty cool. Is this the 3rd or 4th time painting it? I imagine rides need to be painted more often there because of the salt air from the Atlantic. I'd be willing to ride this one with new trains :D
beast7369's avatar
It was great with the old trains on it. Definitely best SLC out there. Possibly as good as any of the Batman:The Ride's out there. Now it just might be better than Batman.
rollergator's avatar
LOL Gonch....definitely not the same as a POP-only park.

Did we have this conversation before, or am I just experiencing Deja Vu... ;)

How about renaming it Mind Eraser? :~P

Lord Gonchar's avatar
No, you're right. I think we did mention in passing the whole ROI on new trains thing before.
I am pretty sure that the roughness of these rides is a comination of different factors:

The train is too long for the size of the elements. There is hardly any fluent speed in the rollover and the sidewinder. This sudden "stop and go", makes for a very bumpy change of forces.

The wheels are not springloaded and shuffle along the track, especially when the train changes its speed in the inversions.

"SLC" stands for "suspended" and the seats are not rigidly attached to the axles. The shock absorbers on the side allow some swinging of the seats.

AFAIK the new train will not have those shock absorbers. The seats will be rigid.

SLCs do not swing... You're thinking of Arrow Suspended.
Mamoosh's avatar
You're correct, SLC trains do not swing. The reason they do not swing is precisely what tricktrack pointed to. The seat support on the Vekoma SLC trains is not rigid like on B&M & Intamin inverted trains. Next time you ride one take a closer look at the chasis.

Edit: picture showing hinged joint.

*** This post was edited by Mamoosh 12/10/2007 9:02:16 PM ***

but the whole frame on the new coaches is different. It is rigid. The old style with the triangular support and the angled flexing beams is gone. It's one big fat solid vertical support now. I don't have a link to a picture, but they're around.
Mamoosh's avatar
Yes, that's what tricktrack stated above.
I rode it several times. Its' great. Period. Much different. Everyone will notice the improvement. I am guessing half the other SLC's will swapped out by July 2009.

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