Wednesday, September 28, 2005 7:12 PM
Hi, I'm doing a school project on roller coaster repair costs. Specifically, we're trying to find out the approximate costs for upgrading roller coaster safety restraint systems.
For example, approximate cost for installing seat belts per car. Lap belts. Shoulder harnesses. Installing bucket seats. Etc.
Thanks very much for any help, or any points in the right direction.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005 7:38 PM
Sometimes rcdb.com lists the costs of upgrades, reprofiles, etc. Have you searched for specific coasters that have undergone such renovations at that site?
Wednesday, September 28, 2005 9:27 PM
The most important thing to remember is that pretty much EVERYTHING on a coaster is custom to an extent, so replacement parts don't come cheep. The seat belt might be a different story though as the seatbelts used on most current wooden coasters is similar to those found on some airplanes and small boats and may cost considerably less. I think I heard somewhere of a price for a single B&M OTSR horsecollar at a cost of around $1000, but don't quote me on that or anything.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005 9:45 PM
That gives you an idea of the B&M restraints. That's probably where you saw that price, Coaster Lover.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005 11:46 PM
Of course they couldn't just round up that price for an even amount, it has to cost the $.94. Although $1,266.94 is a lot of money for that. It must be the extra $.06 that keeps them ahead of the others.
Thursday, September 29, 2005 5:20 AM
Holy motherf---in s--t that's a lot for one harness. My guess is an ordinary seat belt is about 400 or so at that rate, but don't quote me on that. Over a grand for one restraint, christmas thats a lot of money. It doesn't even include the handle bars.
Thursday, September 29, 2005 8:50 AM
..or the seatbelt.
Is that really a lot of money? I mean, I haven't seen a price quote for an invert below $10mil.. usually closer to $13mil-$15mil Most have 2 trains * 32 harnesses = $81,084.16. That's really not all that much when you think about it. I'm sure other parts of the train cost more (like wheels) Not to mention how long do they last? To my knowledge, Talon has yet to replace any of the harnesses in the 5 years it's been running. It's not like a seatbelt that frays because of constant tightening/loosening during normal wear.
The other thing I thought funny is that it says 'M.S.R.P.'... which stands for "Manufacturer's Suggested RETAIL Price".. Well now, let me hop on down to Restraints-R-Us and buy one retail.