Two interesting new coasters for Europe in '07

Friday, June 30, 2006 11:41 AM
I was looking through RCDB and came across these two new-for-2007 coasters:

The first one is a new Vekoma coaster to be built at Tibidabo in Spain. It's a non-looping steel coaster, and at first glance I thought it was a custom family coaster, a la Oki Doki. Then I noticed it has a 100' drop, so now I'm not so sure. I suppose it still could be, or maybe it could be a mine train. What do you think?

The other one is going to Drievliet, and is the first launched X-coaster from Maurer Sohne. Due to height limitations it is not very tall, and is very compact. It has two inversions and uses LSMs for the launch. Looks like capacity will be pretty low, as it will use individual six-passenger cars.

- Aaron K

Friday, June 30, 2006 1:04 PM
boblogone's avatar The first one looks very speed-racer like. Whizzer with less maintennance troubles?
Friday, June 30, 2006 1:18 PM
Wow, that's a pretty cool Vekoma coaster. Looks like a cross between a Schwarzkopf and a mine train, kinda like that coaster at Liseberg in Sweden.
Friday, June 30, 2006 5:06 PM
matt.'s avatar Agreed, that Vekoma looks pretty sweet. Probably the same technology as Everest.
Friday, June 30, 2006 5:14 PM
The Vekoma looks like it could maybe be one of their booster bike models, only with a lift?

Maurer Sohne looks to be building some crazy weird designs with their X-coaster. I wonder when we'll see more of these over here in the US (the only one is at Magic Springs).

The X-coaster restraint reminds me of S&S's new lap restraint system, like on their screamin' swing rides, only bigger. I think it may use the same basic concept, though. I wonder how comfortable they are?

coastin' since 1985

Friday, June 30, 2006 5:20 PM
SFoGswim's avatar On the Vekoma, what is the part that looks like the final brake run, but then the track goes up after it and into a helix?

Looks sweet, too.

Welcome back, red train, how was your ride?!
Friday, June 30, 2006 5:22 PM
matt.'s avatar ^I think it's just at a weird angle in that photo.
Friday, June 30, 2006 5:42 PM
That Maurer looks sweet. If they had more rides in the states, I think they'd be my favorite manufacturer ... all their rides look wicked! Too bad the only thing I've ridden are the spinners ...

Nice finds.

Brett, Resident Launch Whore Anti-Enthusiast (the undiplomatic one)
Friday, June 30, 2006 9:58 PM

rablat5 said:
The Vekoma looks like it could maybe be one of their booster bike models, only with a lift?

That's exactly what I thought when I saw that layout, but the description of the trains doesn't sound like one.

Yeah is Good!
Friday, June 30, 2006 10:41 PM
I really like the Maurer Sohne coaster. That's a pretty cool layout.

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