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.
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.***
Now we just need CP to announce that Mantis is getting floorless trains lol.
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?
That's what I'm thinking. Not a problem for a basic out-and-back but anything with laterals might be a problem for most riders. I agree with Chuck when it comes to waiting to see what they're like, but going by what I can see, they're not the solution to the problem of finding the perfect wood coaster rolling stock.
Didn't even think about that. Then again, El Toro is a lot smoother than your average, traditional wood coaster, so that might play a part in why it can get away with having steel coaster-type seating/restraints.
Amnesiac said: 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?
Only Stampida is getting those new trains. Tomahawk will keep its junior PTC and will probably ride better than its bigger twin!
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?