^^ Given what those "standard woodie G-trains" have done to OTHER really-agrgressive rides like Villain and Cheetah, I'd call that a loss...LOL!
Absimilliard is the only one here (who has posted) that has experience with the "upgraded G-2" woodie trains, so his opinion counts more than the rest of us, IMO. I'm willing to give them a try...but I'm keeping my expectations low, just in case... ;)
One comment to raise regarding the "custimization" of trains for SOB. It's been a while ago, but I do seem to recall Tom Rebbie indicating that regauging trains to the various track gauges was something that had to be done on a regular basis when building new cars, and that the PTC chassis could handle this. That being said, I don't know how much latitude is allowed for, but regauging to SOB track may not preclude the use of "standard" cars from any one manufacturer.
I think the ability to customize is built into the PTC design since PTC trains have traditionally run on coasters made by many different people and companies. I'm sure PTC, Miller, Summers/Dinn, Cobb and CCI coasters didn't all share the same track gauge but PTC's ran on them. How much wider is SOB's track gauge compared to other wood coaster track gauges?
Ok, I just checked the info I had on the Gerstlauer 3 bench cars. I was wrong... its not a T bar, but instead, a L bar. It has a small seat divider too, so they're a huge improvement over the current Gerstlauer trains! They run great on Falken currently... Wheel gauge for those is listed as 43 inches. Is that smaller than SOB?
Technically, any railroad that uses a gauge narrower than 4' 8.5" is narrow gauge. But there is a bit of a difference between trains designed for amusement and real railroads.
Cedar Point, Knott's Berry Farm, Dollywood (I think), and several others use "real" antique narrow gauge equipment. That makes those operations much more interesting than the usual Chance CP Huntington!
36" is one of several guages used for narrow Gauge trains. CP, KBF, KI, as millrace stated, as well as DisneyWorld, DisneyLand, Six Flags Great America, Busch Gardens all use 36" track gauge. Smaller trains, such as Hershey's steam line, the CP Huntington's at many parks, run on 22 or 24" gauge. Knobel's train s are 16" gauge, as are many other parks of that size and vintage.
Premier Rides put the same trains as SOB on the Bandit at Movie Park Germany (originally called Wild Wild West at Warner Brothers Movie World Germany!). They run terribly on it, but still better than the original Intamin trains that ran only a year... Like SOB, the ride is also a Stengel design, based on the Coney Island Cyclone and built by RCCA.
From what I hear, nothing has been decided yet concerning the trains. They still aren't sure if they are going to modify the current trains, or purchase new ones... Now we know partly why it isn't opening at the beginning of the season! haha. Seems kinda late to still be contemplating this.