thrillerman1 said: So basically they're MilF trains...but not. Four sets of wheels per car? I wonder if the MilF's are patented and that's why PTC had to go with 4 instead of 2.
The patent is my guess too. They said:
PTC president Tom Rebbie is quick to point out that his company’s new train will not be a conventional trailer-style set-up. Instead, each of the twelve cars will seat two riders and feature four weight-bearing road wheels per coach.
Weight-bearing? Maybe it only has two guide wheels and upstops? *** Edited 6/22/2007 7:01:39 PM UTC by RavenTTD***
Well considering how may Millenium Flyer trains are actually out there, it is kind of unconventional in the way that there are not many out there. Although they may have their own proprietary coupling that may make it unconventional. Guess we will know when we get to see artist renderings of it or an actual photo.
So basically, PTC finally agrees with me. There style train is no longer functional on todays style coaster, and they are now admitting it by offering a Millenium Flyer type train for anyone who may want to upgrade in the future, or choose this presumably better style.
I have to believe that PTC have seen for themselves the far superior benefits of the MF style trains recently, and decided that this is the future of their business, if they want to have a future.
The question is, what will be the operational characteristics of the new cars? If the cars are built the same as the current crop of articulated cars, we'll see higher roll rates than the current cars can do (thanks to the shorter wheelbase) but possibly still not as high as what the Millennium Flyers can do because of the extra axles. My question is, will this new car do anything to solve the yaw problem (and the fact that PTC cars can't)? Or does that become a moot point once the wheelbase is this short?