I really hope this doesn't violate any rules, and if it does I apologize. I in no way know the seller, like I said a friend shared this with me, and I thought everybody here would get a kick out of it!
Jeff said: Maybe they should sell the current trains. The way they bend and flex going up the lift makes me extremely uncomfortable.
Most wood coasters do that goofy! Especially the older ones, as they settle over the years, it's easy to see how (especially lifts) get crooked. Plus the Comet is a 3 bencher...
It's better to flex (even during the ride); you absorb less of the shock.
The Blue Streak at CP's trains were 6 tons each, unloaded. So that's about 1,500lbs for each car. But this is before they were ruined with all that extra stuff (new heavier lap bars/lap bar mechanisms - I think extra 2 or 300 lbs per seat, etc.)
The new PTC cars are about 1,900 lbs each (the 2 benchers) as it is listed on the stainless steel plate on the back right corner of each car...
Comet doesn't have articulating trains, so far as I know (neither does Racer) so any track banking that exceeds the slop between the upstop and the underside of the track is going to cause the car body to twist. The issue is the difference in roll angle between the front and rear axle. An articulating axle increases the allowable angle to around six degrees. If the axle doesn't articulate and the roll rate is high enough, the car is going to flex.
Luckily, some PTC trains are built to flex a little. Ever notice that the seat backs and front and rear panels are not bolted to the frame; instead there is a hole through the board and the bolts are used to pinch the panel into place, giving it some wiggle room around the bolt sleeves to flex a bit.
Of course, when it gets really wild is on the junior trains or on certain experimental trains (such as the ones on Wild Beast at Canada's Wonderland)...the cars have the articulating rear axle, but the rear seat bench is attached to the axle instead of the frame. So when the axle swings, so does the seat!
I never felt the Comet or Phoenix trains flex. Twister has been rocking going up the lift lately, but I don't know if that's the train or the track. It doesn't bother me on a wooden coaster like it does on, say, Steel Force -- I thought steel coasters were supposed to be more tightly attached to the track.
If you want to ride a flexible train, you have to ride the Lakemont Skyliner. It bends through the turns quite a bit.
I've been watching this too... it would look great next to my tiger car! And yes these weigh in the neighborhood of 1500 lbs. Movable with a forklift, but I prefer to just take a section of track to pull it up with a winch and mount it onto for the ride home :)