What I want to know is why they would make unnecessary modifications to a brand new ride. Unless the modifications are free, I really don't understand why they would spend money to fix one of their star attractions if it doesn't need to be fixed.
It's happening. I tend to agree that it seems like an unnecessary change, so I'm guessing they're just retrofitting the old trains and not buying completely new ones. Either way, though, SheiKra will be running floorless trains by the end of 2007...probably by summer.
For the 2007 season, it is speculated that SheiKra's trains will be converted to floorless trains.  These are the exact same trains that will be used on Griffon. The conversion will be complete by the end of Spring 2007, although seeing as Griffon has been announced as being the world's first floorless dive machine, SheiKra is most likely to open after Griffon opens at Busch Gardens Europe. The original plan was to have SheiKra originally built as a floorless, but Bolliger and Mabillard were not ready to attempt it, so the station was built so the floorless equipment could be installed later.
i agree with Peabody, changing the Sheikra trains to floorless is a complete waste of money. i see no reason why they would want to do that...Tampa and Williamsburg are several hundred miles apart, and there is absolutely no need to match what BGW is doing. trust me...the public LOVES Sheikra just the way it is.
What exactly would constitute a station which can handle a floorless? Mainly space and equipment capabilities beneath the station I would imagine. Sheikra station is way up in the air, so I wouldn't be surprised if they have room underneath to install the mechanism which pulls the floor out after loading.
Edit: Also, if B&M went ahead and made sure the station was capable for floorless upgrade later, do you think they might have talked about getting a deal on the floorless trains when they did become available? Maybe as a bonus for building another dive machine at BGE?
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The rumors going around about Sheikra's trains are completely wrong. I highly reliable insider source tells me that the new trains for Sheikra are more similar to the ones currently installed on Mantis.
I think Shiekra is fine but if it is possible they should have both trains running and if you want to ride one go to the first thing of catwalks and if you want to ride the other go to the other one. If you havent been there the catwalk things are like bridges that connect the building where you wait in line with the one that you load on and off on. How can the trains be like the on mantis? Anyways I think Shiekra is almost floorless already except that there is a floor. that you cant reach while riding unless your 10 feet tall
Bolliger/Mabillard for President in '08 NOT Dinn/Summers