I think this new design is pretty innovative and looks really cool, the questions now are how comfortable are they and how well does it track? Are we going to see any of these in the US anytime soon?
IMHO it don't take much to improve on a PTC ride.
Chuck, who says Yeah, PTC running gear is top of the line as far as durability but what they've done to the wood coaster experience is almost a sin.
We now have SOB, HP Wildcat, Sheikra, Stampida (that counts for 2 in my book), and Tomahawk (oops or not) getting different model trains in 2007. Crazy year this is already. *** Edited 2/7/2007 11:37:44 PM UTC by matt.***
After looking at the Kumbak trains again, it looks like they could be pretty uncomfortable on a ride with a lot of lateral forces.
Other items to note, it says that each row of train seats will have an integrated video camera and are being supplied with a 4-year warranty and 4-year inspection period for all major components. Has any of this ever been done before?
The seats look every church-pew like. Not molded to fit the body as a B & M etc seat.
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Rob Ascough said:
I'm just not so sure that whole "open" thing is a good idea. What works on a steel coaster doesn't always work on a wood coaster.
There's still a padded u-ish-shaped bar at arm/shoulder level as well as the couple of inches on the side of the train at butt level.
I'm not sure how 6 inches of space in between really makes any difference.
There's been a lot of talk recently of wooden roller coasters replacing their trains: SOB, GCI's updating from PTCs to MFs, and now we have this: new open-sided stagecoach themed trains from KumbaK coasters being installed on Stampida and Tomahawk at Port Adventura in Spain.
After reading the articles you linked to it looks to me like only Stampida is getting new trains. Tomahawk is getting new controls, but I didn't see the mention of new trains anywhere. Is there another article somewhere else that mentions new trains for Tomahawk?
New trains are understandable I think. In the late 90's, there was a man that was ejected from the ride and since then, the park added a trim on the first drops as well as putting huge seat dividers on the PTC! So, it seems they were not trusting the PTC's anymore?
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