The SFMM Salvi
Friday, September 14, 2001 6:08 PM
I just wanted to know something that has really bugged me for a while (well not really). Why is the track for Vekoma and Arrow coaster exactly the same? I mean even the regular sitdown trains are the same. I was thinking possibly that Arrow makes the track that Vekoma orders. Anyone know the truth?
The SFMM Salvi:
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Friday, September 14, 2001 7:42 PM
Its not, look here
Saturday, September 15, 2001 8:01 AM
But its very simular.
Saturday, September 15, 2001 8:48 AM
The track is not the same, but the track looks alike.
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*** This post was edited by StealthmF5m3 on 9/15/2001. ***
Saturday, September 15, 2001 8:51 AM
As I recall, and maybe Rideman can verify it, Vekoma built coasters under license for Arrow in Europe at one time. This would account for the striking similarities between them.
Saturday, September 15, 2001 2:06 PM
It's not a big difference
Saturday, September 15, 2001 2:12 PM
I have heard that Vekoma licensed their track from Arrow, but never verified that. I do know that the earliest Vekoma loopers actually run Arrow trains. The one significant, obvious difference between Vekoma track and most Arrow track (the newer Arrow track has different track ties and is easy to spot) can be found at the end of any track section.
Vekoma's track has a solid plug at the end, and the rail is split for a distance of about 4" so that the end of the rail has a semicircular cross-section (instead of circular). This mates with an identical-but-opposite cut on the mating track section, and two hex-head bolts are threaded into the side of the rail from the outside. Arrow's track is either welded, or bolted together using one of several flanging arrangements.
Vekoma uses the two-bolts-with-heads-on-the-non-guide-wheel-side rail coupling on all their track types, including the Roller Skater, Invertigo, and Flying Dutchman.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.