^Roar east is becoming almost unbearable with the PTC's & the added wear to the track & trains after 8,going on 9 years is certainly starting to take it's toll seeing as how the green train was sidelined all day saturday with a line going clear down the ramp for once.
I just hope SFA will take notice of the positive change that was made to WC this year & put in an order for the 08 season for a new set of trains....heaven knows the ride would certainly benefit greatly by doing so & what better way to celebrate it's 10th anniversary?
What made them heavier? Has the overall design been cleaned up a bit from a mechanical standpoint, or are lighter materials now used for certain parts? Wouldn't that negate the advantages of having the same trains for Wildcat and Lightning Racer since they aren't going to be all the same?
All I know is that one or two of the GCI posters (Coasterpunk and the interns) mentioned the MF design was modified (lightened) so that the trains would weigh the same as a 6-car/2-bench PTC train. I'm not sure if this was done only for the Wildcat's trains, but I got the impression all of the new MF trains will be this way.
I'm sure much of the parts are still interchangable, but the the new Wilcat trains had to be modified in order to maintain the same dynamics as the lighter PTC trains. I would think the heavier MF trains would run faster on Wildcat, so I wish they hadn't been modified. ;)
I'm a bit surprised that the original Millennium Flyers weigh more than PTCs since I was always under the impression the PTCs were heavier than they had to be. Not to mention that the MF's also seemed to feel a little lighter!
Yeah, me too. And another thing I recall about PTC trains... I believe I read Tom Rebbie saying that the 2-bench cars actually weigh more than the 3-bench cars and when asked why that was, he replied it was a trade secret or something to that effect.
Can I guess that the couplings are where most of the weight differential came from. That would also *kinda* explain why the MFlyers weigh more...and probably even why MFlyers FEEL lighter - the weight is in the bottom - "junk in the trunk", LOL.
It could have a lot to do with weight distribution. I doubt that Millennium Flyer bodies weigh more than PTC bodies, even if you bunch two MF bodies together to make two rows of seats. The chassis design could be a major factor in how much each weighs.