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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^^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.
Not quite 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
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.
Edit: picture showing hinged joint.
*** This post was edited by Mamoosh 12/10/2007 9:02:16 PM ***
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