The old trains with fixed bars, you just jumped in, and away you go. Now its buzz buzz click click buzz, and the seatbelt whole bs is just time consuming. Even on their busiest days, the whole line pretty much stayed in the building.
Ever since the new PTC cars arrived, now we have a q in the midway, which took business from Bonanza and the Taco joint.
To do 4 trains, their would have to be a check brake before the final drop, then the stop brakes would be the blocks, and which would have to be set a full stop for the train.
Kennywood can move lines, but you would end up with trains always on the lift, which causes stress on the motors, lift chain, and on and on to more down time.
Remember, the ride was built when the park was doing 150,000 to 250,000 people, not 1.4 million. The ride is 80 years old, and has to be treated as such.
Before Pay-One-Price admission, rides literally had to pay for themselves by people purchasing tickets to ride them. So, technically, the more trains running, the more tickets could be sold due to the increased capacity. Once POP admission started, ticket revenue and ridership for a ride became less important in the way the park made money. Sure, it's important to keep the queues moving so guests can theoretically spend more on the midways. However, enticing people to ride to help boost revenue became less of an issue and eventually dissapeared entirely. The park still makes the same money with admission whether the Racer is running 2 trains or 4 trains. Why the park bought only three is because they use the third as a spare train, in case of a mechanical issue would happen with one of the trains.
It's true that the park bought 3 new trains from PTC last year. They had no reason to purchase a fourth as their operation of the ride remains the same. The seatbelts on the newer trains are now mandatory by PTC for safety issues for all newer trains installed with a 'buzz bar', which is why they were added to the new trains last year. Kennywood is only complying to their safety request for operational reasons. It helps make the insurance companies happy for both Kennywood and PTC.
Will they ever get a fourth train? It's possible, I suppose, especially if attendance and crowds warrant it. Perhaps with the proposed new expansion, they may consider it if the crowds get continually larger, as they hope. For right now, three trains is all that they need.
I’m curious to know what was wrong with the 2nd set of PTC’s from 82-83 that needed to be replaced. They seemed fine to the point when I rode the last few years I didn’t even notice the new trains (I thought they just repainted, added seatbelts, and new padding). It’s not like parts for older PTC’s are seemingly hard to find.
They received new trains from PTC the year before last, so they could've ordered 4 if they wanted to. While the ride has enough blocks to support 4-train operation, remember that the ride is still manually operated--Kennywood would need to install a computer (and possibly caliper brakes) before it could safely operate 4 trains.
Grand National operate at Pleasure Beach with four trains for years and years manually before the fire put an end to the manual breaks.
Nothing to see here. Move along.
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