Nothing to see here. Move along.
They're not going to go with PTC's since that is what was running when the accident occured.
GCI only supplies M-Flyers for the coasters it builds [for now anyway].
Gerstlauer, Vekoma, and Intamin make wood coaster trains but perhaps the park felt they had the same potential problems as the PTCs.
So maybe it took from "the late 90s until 2007" to find a suitable replacement. But even that statement is wrong as the first train was delivered last year...that means the contract had to have been signed in 2006, possibly earlier.
mOOSH - just offering the other side of the coin.
Now since Kumbak rolling stock has the dubious habit of stalling (see: Vliegende Hollander and Python at De Efteling) there was possibly a lot of tweaking.
I still wonder why anybody is willing to buy anything from Kumbak (ex-Vekoma) with their less than stellar portofolio.
According to Port Aventura, the park was looking for a solution to increase capacity and decrease the amount of maintenance on the trains.
After the accident (person being ejected) the park added safety belts to the trains which slows down the dispatch times. Alledgedly the new trains have a low floor and are easy to access. The ride will also be equipped with magnetic brakes.
I remain very, very sceptical about the new trains. They look ugly and uncomfortable. Having ridden the new Kumbak trains on Efteling´s Python I fear for the worst!
That coaster was one of the best Vekoma double loop/screws with absolutely no headbanging. Now with the new trains (http://www.rcdb.com/ig897.htm?picture=18) it has lost it completely. The seats are horrible and the OTSR are more restricting than before.
While Vekoma is now really adressing their problems, Kumbak just doesn´t seem to get it.
Yah, those look a bit hairy.
I'm always willing to try something new and give it a fair shot. But I'm also pretty particular about trains (obviously), and esp. wood-coaster trains.
Chuck, who says many states have a rider responsibility act but they still try to sue anyway.
P.S. Not saying this was the cause of that accident, but if the ride was deemed safe. I don't see it as a issue.
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