Posted Friday, October 12, 2007 10:06 AM | Contributed by Agent Johnson
If all goes well, fans of The Great Nor'Easter will notice something a little different about the popular roller coaster when coaster-riding season returns next summer. Morey's Piers, which operates the ride on its Surfside Pier on 25th Avenue, is busy testing a new seat and restraint system, which would be the ride's first major structural change since it was installed in 1995.
Read more from The Press of Atlantic City.
Friday, October 12, 2007 10:57 AM
It's always good when a company realizes the needs of their customers and changes something to make their lives better i.e. the Premier train conversions to lapbars. Let's hope that other amusement parks with SLC's get interested as well, although with a $1-million dollar pricetag, some might not see the benefit.
I'm just amazed that a council has to review the change considering that Morey's is a private organization.
Friday, October 12, 2007 11:23 AM
I won't pretend to know how the Morey organization is set up but it's a big family that owns and operates a lot of businesses in the Wildwoods. In addition to the amusement piers they also own a handful of motels as well as other stuff I can't remember.
Friday, October 12, 2007 12:29 PM
It's the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, which is responsible for doing amusement ride inspections. New Jersey's amusement ride law is very specific, and instead of referencing industry standards, includes design requirements that are actually based on the draft language of the ASTM standards (including stuff that has not been adopted into the standard). New Jersey's ride law is probably the most meddlesome in the country and requires that the State approve all the designs. Some of the requirements in the New Jersey law (such as the release of proprietary information by manufacturers) makes me almost surprised that there are still any rides operating in that state at all.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Friday, October 12, 2007 1:13 PM
Is this 1 million $ price-tag somthing official or is it just floating around?
It seems pretty steep for a 20 person train.
Friday, October 12, 2007 1:41 PM
It's for two trains, and I assume that takes into account minor changes that have to made elsewhere (IF changes have to be made, like braking systems and whatnot.)
Monday, October 15, 2007 10:59 AM
Its just the coaches. Everything else (brakes, whatnot) stay the same.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 12:28 PM
That's what I thought, but wasn't sure. I have no idea what new trains cost so I was just speculating that the price could have included other work associated with the change.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 7:40 PM
Are these those new trains with the lapbars that they are putting on there family inverted coasters? Having never ridden an SLC, I don't know how the old ones fel, but lapbars on an inverted coaster. Wow. B&M, take note of what your competitor is doing, will you?
Sunday, October 21, 2007 3:18 AM
Heck, wasn't it Anton himself to basically proved that a lapbar was all you needed to restrian folks on coasters that go upside down? It's very nice to see that several companies are discovering that you CAN do this safely. I can't begin to tell you how much more fun Mr. Freeze is without the OTSRs...
Now, if only they could restore lap bar only trains on Revolution...