Great Nor'Easter will open with new trains, new name, at Morey's
Posted Monday, December 10, 2007 9:33 AM | Contributed by Agent Johnson
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.
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 ***
^^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 ***
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.
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
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.
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.