Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2001 7:17 AM | Contributed by GregLeg
On Monday, Kennywood PR directory Mary Lou Rosemeyer was kind enough to take some coaster fans on another site tour. The highlight of the tour was the new trains, which had arrived that morning (Mary Lou herself hadn't even seen them yet).
I assume from the look of them, they don't 'lock' into anything (I don't see a buckle for the bar itself, only the belt). That's what the separate seatbelt is for. The trains look extremely roomy. Almost recliner-like. Is it just an illusion? Guess we'll find out when it opens.
I can't wait to ride. I think this is going to be a great ride with not a dead spot to be found. I hope they leave the trench like it is. Looks like it will make you feel squeezed in as you go through there.
Actually, the Phantom ran today a few times, see my forum post for more about that. (Strange fact: no pull through... talk about confidence!)
The lap bars seem more like a "secondary restraint"... when the president of Kennywood rode today, it was the seat belt that was primarily holding him in; with the lap bar fully lowered it still gave him a good few inches for some good airtime!
This ride is FAST, even on the very first run... no chance for a rollback, in fact the train came in to the station so fast that the check brakes had to be set to their highest pressure possible just to do their job.
Nope, Coasterfreak52. The restraints for X are the new type of Arrow OTSR. No lap bar. Check it out: http://www.coasterbuzz.com/news/news.asp?NewsID=973 The drawing is VERY faithful to the actual car they showed at the press event. ------------- - Peabody