New Vekoma SLC Trains

Wednesday, October 10, 2007 2:27 PM
I just rode one. It is another winner. Like a new flying sensation.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007 2:37 PM
Just Lap Bars, right?
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007 2:49 PM
Lap bars, but with the shoulder restraints like the flying coasters. Flexible, yet, sturdy and comfortable.

Much better on the SLC's than the X-Flights.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007 2:50 PM
You're making me jealous.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007 3:11 PM
Which one did you ride?
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007 3:14 PM
Do the shoulder straps get tighter and tighter if you don't hold em out?

Do the trains ride different? Vibration, lurching, side to side? Can't wait to get some of these trains over here!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007 3:29 PM
They tighten up a little but in the corkscrew. I rode the Great Nor'Easter, with the lead car as the new coach.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007 3:32 PM
Vekoma started using steerable trucks in 2005. I think the first to use them were the SLC in Magic Springs. This eliminates a lot of the jarring. The front and back motion from the train compressing in the loops is still there but now you'll have soft padding instead of a horse collar.

Chuck

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007 4:05 PM
^I rode Magic Springs "new" Gauntlet...in '05. Whatever the *improvements* were, they were anything but substantive in terms of ride quality.

I know that NOT having standard OTSRs will eliminate the headbanging - but does the train still vibrate and rattle (which I assume was SUPPOSED to be fixed by the *solution* Chuck mentioned)?

*** Edited 10/10/2007 8:06:49 PM UTC by rollergator***

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007 4:37 PM
I don't know Gator, I find a smooth ride is rare on any TRACK the wheels are on the inside off.

Too much play.
Chuck

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007 6:19 PM
I always founf it to be remarkable, that Vekoma made numerous attempts to change the trains, while the actual design of the SLCs was only slightly chanded from 1st to 3rd generation.
The main reasons for the jarring ride - the long combined with the small inversions - were not changed at all.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007 9:06 PM
SFKK, are you listening? ;)
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007 9:06 PM
Any pics of these things?
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007 9:21 PM
I'm sure they look just like these.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007 9:51 PM
Actually, the Great Nor'easter is the one SLC that ever gave me a smooth ride. I was SHOCKED :) I bet this will also improve it even more.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:42 PM
^ I agree Peabody the Nor'easter is one of the smoothest ones I have ridden as well. The new restraints will definitely help the comfort, and make them much more ridable. I wonder how many parks will be willing to make the investment in these new trains?
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007 10:56 PM
Nor'Easter is also "enclosed" in a way that makes it MUCH more exciting that the other SLCs... ;)
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Thursday, October 11, 2007 12:01 AM
Hey, Johnson - don't you think being able to reach out and touch the track supports while going up the lift sports a bit of an issue?
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Thursday, October 11, 2007 12:20 AM
You are not near the track. You sit 'down in', like a Chrysler bucket seat on an old Duster. Its just pure comfort.

The coach has an open feeling, due to the overbuilt and padded shoulder harnesses. Now you can see to the left and right.

Totally opposite of the Arrow Pipeline restraints that placed you next to the track.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007 1:44 AM
I too was invited to test out the new seats and they are really cool. I took about 6 laps, which is more than I have even ridden in total.

What was very interesting in today's testing, was that only the front row was modified with the new seats (similar to the pic a few posts back). So you were able to ride in the second row for comparison -- and wow, what a difference.

Now, clearly it's no B&M, but for an SLC, it's as close as you are going to get. It's a decent ride now.

AJ is correct...one huge benefit is the "open feel" you now get while riding and now one can actually look at and have a conversation with the person sitting next to you. You don't feel like you are in a "box" anymore.

The harnesses do tighten a bit as you ride and coming into the trim, you are pretty much stapled into the seat. But the seat is more angled back and your center of gravity is lower, so they are WAY more comfortable than the old seats.

If you are looking for the smoothness of a B&M, you will be disappointed. If you looking for a decent ride, one that you would probably ride again, these new seats are the way to go. Hopefully the remainder of the testing goes well and the Morey's purchase the rest of the seats. I think it would be the first SLC in North America to receive the retrofit.

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