New Cusrtom SLC Unveiled

Sunday, April 28, 2002 2:45 AM

Hey

Happy Vally have finnaly unveiled both their new custom SLC and their new mine train (incredible themeing). Check the picture here http://ft.coasterwire.com/vekoma/happy1.jpg and u gotta love the new 0-g-roll (vekomas first) theres also a picture of the mine train here http://ft.coasterwire.com disneyland standard themeing. Both rides open on may 1st so it edges out oddyssey as beign the 2nd fully custom SLC.

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Sunday, April 28, 2002 3:40 AM
Wow, these two coasters looks very impressing and the theming on the mine train looks outstanding. I hope we'll see more pictures in the future :) Is happy Vally a new park?
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Sunday, April 28, 2002 7:37 AM

Well what do you know? It's about time Vekoma did something more custom than just adding a helix at the end.

Still, if I had 12-14 million to blow, I'd go with something like Batman/Talon. (Same price, oh so much more coaster. Just my opinion!)

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- Peabody

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Sunday, April 28, 2002 7:49 AM
I would have went with a Tornado clone. You cant beat an inline twist through a station.

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Sunday, April 28, 2002 8:00 AM
12 million? whered u get that figure from. it was probably closer to 5 million or 6 Million which is half the price of a B&M
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Sunday, April 28, 2002 8:14 AM
Nope. In 1997 SLCs were $10,000,000. Look up a 1997 SLC on RCDB. Now, 5 years later, they are around $12 million. It's been printed in some industry magazines like AT or AB. Believe it or not, Vekomas and B&Ms cost almost the same nowadays.

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- Peabody

*** This post was edited by Peabody on 4/28/2002. ***

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Sunday, April 28, 2002 11:24 AM
Are custom SLCs not as rough as the "Off the Shelf" models because they're not as compact? One of the reasons that clone SLCs are rough is because the transitions are too strong for Vekoma's not so tough track.

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Sunday, April 28, 2002 11:28 AM
We'll have to wait to see when this one and Oddessy open.

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- Peabody

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Sunday, April 28, 2002 12:52 PM
From experience new SLC's (standard) are Very smooth. Something happened around 98 or 99 that changed SLC's. You will notice that Every SLC in the USA is older than that and at most ar at SF parks which are noutourious for poor maintanece. If a SLC is given good care and attention its A brilliant well paced and smooth coaster. Take a look at Limit and Blue Tornado which are both still smooth.
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Sunday, April 28, 2002 1:04 PM
Yeah, the 1999 Serial Thriller (SFAW) was a surprisingly enjoyable experience. However the 2 1997 SLC's I've been on were rather crappy and rough.
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Sunday, April 28, 2002 1:44 PM
SLC's arn't rough because of transitions (well, maybe a little) but the main thing is/are the loose wheel assemblies. If the guide wheels were just tight against the rail (like those nice sweedish people) it would probably be a lot smoother.

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Sunday, April 28, 2002 3:30 PM
It's so far away! : /

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Sunday, April 28, 2002 5:36 PM
I didnt find Serial thriller to be any rougher than Raptor. I actually thought the drop was pretty awesome although the ride could have been longer.

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Sunday, April 28, 2002 6:00 PM

Peabody said:

Well what do you know? It's about time Vekoma did something more custom than just adding a helix at the end.

Still, if I had 12-14 million to blow, I'd go with something like Batman/Talon. (Same price, oh so much more coaster. Just my opinion!)

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- Peabody



Yeah i agree with that.

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Sunday, April 28, 2002 6:32 PM
Custom SLC? Hell hath frozen over...

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Sunday, April 28, 2002 8:25 PM

I guess I will never understand the argument against SLCs. I have never had an issue about them, but that is just my opinion.:) I am personally quite happy to see Vekoma trying to do something different. That just gives me more coaster options when I travel.:)
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Sunday, April 28, 2002 10:28 PM

One of the reasons that clone SLCs are rough is because the transitions are too strong for Vekoma's not so tough track.


Yeah, they are rough because of the transitions, but not for the reason that the track can't take it. I'd say that the SLC track could take a train 3 times the weight through the same turns.

Most of the troubles lie in the actual way the track is shaped through the transitions and various elements. The first drop is always usually fine. If it is an SLC+, the helix is smooth. I find the Sea Serpant, or whatever name Vekoma gives it, to be rough, because you are going too fast, and are basically weightless yet making lateral movements. The Sidewinder is good until you start to turn, that can have really bad effects on your neck. The inline rolls are rough I think because of the bumping around of the guide wheels.

I think the only problem with the track is the turn downwards after the inlines. There seems to be a nasty bump in the track, and I don't know if that's just the SLC near me.

I'm interested to see the trains on this new SLC. If they are any different to the current SLC ones, I'll be happy, but I'm sure they won't be the GIB trains, and then it'll probably be safe to say that Odyssey won't have the GIB trains either. Don't really think they'd suit a complete circuit ride anyway.

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Sunday, May 5, 2002 12:02 PM
I still can't believe that an even taller custom SLC is going to Terra Mitca in 2003. Tell me why Paramount choose a hyper SLC for Terra Mitca? I knew all along that they were getting some sort of suspended coaster, but this is just crazy.

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Sunday, May 5, 2002 12:23 PM

they probably chose it becuase vekoma gave the best price. they arn't trying to hurt you. really.

I don't know why you think you can say how much stress vekoma's track can take. it's probably designed to take as much as the train gives it. not 3 times more.

I'd like to ride this new one though. I've been interested in how a diffrent company (besides BM) would take a freeform inverted.

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Sunday, May 5, 2002 12:31 PM

Did I say a thing about Venkoma track being bad? Cheer up, I wasn't talking about the coaster being bad, but I really am psyked that this is how Paramount would start of a park and Paramount doesn't go this extreme too often.

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