Now I'm no engineer but I can forsee a potential probem with this train design. There is no interaction between the side of the seat an the side of the restraint, like B&M trains have the little armrest pieces, there is nothing on these trains. Potentially, that could allow someone smaller to slip out the side. Hopefully there is something I'm missing on that, because I'd hate to be right on this one.
Nope, the company that broke away from Vekoma when they went bankrupt a few years ago. One project I know they did is new cars and ride rehab of the Space Invader at Blackpool. Reports I've seen of that ride since they worked on it are positive.
I was reminded of the Togo stand-up trains as well. They go to all that trouble to make the trains "open" and then they clutter `em up wit giant OTSR's. What a shame. Yeah, those segmented abdomen seats are weird looking. Two hands down
I think the seats themselves are kind of cool... and I don't even mind the paint job, but those restraints look awful. That poor kid in the close-up photo looks like he's in for a miserable ride.... and why the hell is his hand sticking through the center? Ow!
Vekoma also sold that Ghetto train design to Powerpark in Finland for their brand new Boomerang. Powerpark is the park getting the GCI Twister in Europe next year. *** Edited 8/3/2005 9:30:06 PM UTC by Absimilliard***
It looks as though the seats are placed a little higher in relation to the rails... doesn't that mean the heartline is no longer where it should be and the physics will be slightly off?
It also looks as though the seats are able to accomodate taller riders. I generally have a problem with all standard Vekoma and Arrow trains because my upper body is too tall for their seats, and the OTSR always presses down on my shoulders in a painful way - so maybe this is the solution.
I do like the seats, but I aggree they don't fit the cars nor the OTSRs very well -
Still I think they can only be more comfortable than the traditional design. *** Edited 8/3/2005 9:42:04 PM UTC by superman***