Kumbak, the Vekoma split-off has built a water coaster for De Efteling which is themed to the hilt and should have opened next week.
During construction there was already a money-problem between Kumbak and Efteling which lead to a building stop.
But two weeks ago, pictures appeared that showed a test-vehicle stranded on the track. Rumours went wild, but soon the grand opening was indeed cancelled!
It seems that Kumbak really messed up big time with this ride. And it is not the for the first time: Last year Kumbak delivered a new train for Eftelings Vekoma loop/screw coaster. This train was not only ugly and un-comfy. It stalled several times!
Kumbak could beat Mack and Intamin as a hardware provider for the "flying dutchman" and I am sure they hoped to have a highly marketable product with it.
One of the features of the "Flying Dutchman" is a splashdown into a real lake. There is no concrete trough! The track is built right into the water and the ground is quite muddy. Now many people think that this could be quite fatal for the wheel assembly. After all there is a constant degree of mud and sand in the water.
It is interesting to note that the first test rides were completed, the problem seemed to appear after a few weeks of testing.
You can see a video of the coaster stalling on this site (click on one of the two, blue "hier". Its two different videos, showing the same thing.)
For some other pics of this amazingly themed ride, which has as well an indoor section you can go here and scroll around. It contains hundreds of fotos:
Hopefully they can get the ride to work. Its Eftelings biggest expansion ever! If Kumbak will have another chance on the market remains to be seen. I was always suspecting that the people working at Kumbak were the ones who were responsible for everything that was wrong with Vekoma. Look at all the progress they are doing now and compare it to the failures that are delivered by Kumbak.
To bad Kumbak is even suckier than Vekoma and the ride isn't exactly working the way Efteling would like it too.
Granted, someone at Kumbak could have said "oh, hey there... ummm.... yeah. that's not a good idea, it will much up the bearings on the trains"
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Vonkaputous (a Premier ride water coaster in Finland) has a drop into the water and stays attached to the track. In that case, the "lake" the ride dives in is a man made concrete wall and bottom lake, so no dirt or other debris.
No, and RCDB didn´t help me either. What kind of ride is/was at Lake W. that splashed into the lake?
Of course they used concrete footers at Efteling but the ground is muddy and there is no extra trough for the track. The Boat on the flying dutchman will stay on the track at all times. The splash-speed can be controlled an a chain will transport the boats back to the station through a curved path.
But its only speculation that the mud is causing the problem. As you can see on some of the fotos, they are currently testing without water and it doesn´t work. Maybe they really messed up with their design and calculations?!
An old-fashioned shoot-the-chutes. Pics here:
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