Vekoma introduces four-across seating

Posted Monday, November 16, 2009 10:45 PM | Contributed by StLCPfan

Vekoma Rides announced the addition of a new train type, using four seats across and lapbars for inverted and above-track designs.

Learn more from the official Vekoma site.

Monday, November 16, 2009 10:56 PM

The trains themselves are old news. They've had designs on the site for at least a couple of years now, if not more. I don't think this is the first time they've been "announced".

It's good to hear that they're finally putting them to use though. Do we know where? I wonder what took them so long.

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Monday, November 16, 2009 11:14 PM

It sounds like they will be on all future Vekoma rides. Great news, however old it may be. The only downside is if they are going to be like the Flying Dutchman restraints, which take quite a bit of time to lock and check. Anything that results in a smoother ride is always great though!

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Monday, November 16, 2009 11:23 PM

The Battlestar Galactica dueling seated/inverted coaster going in at Universal Studios Singapore features both train designs. Could be neat.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009 12:12 AM

I think this really stinks. In general, I prefer the Vekoma SLC's to the B&M inverteds (except Great Bear, love that one!). One of the things I really like is the 'out there' feel of 2 across seating. Plus, not as high percentage of empty seats on a train (a BIG problem with Six Flags B&M rides).

Vekoma has made some cool things in the last couple years, the smooth lapbar only family inverteds and the vest restrains, but this kinda stinks. I hope the 2 across will still be available.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009 12:14 AM

But on the 4-across set-up you're actually more "out there" on the end seats then when sitting two across. Of course if you really want to feel "out there" try B&M's 10-across trains on their dive coasters! ;)

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009 1:54 AM

If you really want to feel "out there" ... get on the wing seats on Behemoth or Diamondback...... you are all alone in those chairs.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009 11:51 AM

CoasterDemon said:
I think this really stinks. In general, I prefer the Vekoma SLC's to the B&M inverteds (except Great Bear, love that one!). One of the things I really like is the 'out there' feel of 2 across seating. Plus, not as high percentage of empty seats on a train (a BIG problem with Six Flags B&M rides).

Vekoma has made some cool things in the last couple years, the smooth lapbar only family inverteds and the vest restrains, but this kinda stinks. I hope the 2 across will still be available.

I agree, especially since on 2 across, everyone gets an outside seat/view. I've never been on a Deja Vu with that kind of 4 across seating, but I think they intended it to be similar with nobody getting a real "inside seat". I hope they continue to use the lap-bar only trains like the ones at Morey's as I have heard good things about them. Go figure the year that opens with the new trains is the year I am out in the midwest, I want to check it out when I make it back.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009 9:50 PM

^The vast majority of people I've spoken to have said the new trains at Morey's only transferred the "bad vibrations" from the neck and head to the back and butt...I have yet to ride them myself.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009 11:22 PM

Yeah, the new trains on Nor'Easter are a marginal improvement. They still bounce between the rails and shake your body, but it's nice not having your head bashed.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009 11:51 PM

I think they wasted their money on the new trains at Morey's. The ride vibrates and shuffles the entire time. Even with a 1 - 2 train wait I didn't go back for a re-ride on my trip this summer and usually with that short of a wait for any coaster, I will go back for another ride.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009 8:20 AM

Four across seating? Didn't realize that many people wanted to bang their heads around for a couple minutes that it warranted larger trains.

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Friday, November 20, 2009 12:40 PM

Acoustic Viscosity said:
Yeah, the new trains on Nor'Easter are a marginal improvement. They still bounce between the rails and shake your body, but it's nice not having your head bashed.

Ah ok, yeah I have not heard much about them, but I would see this as like you said a marginal improvement. I have more of a pain tolerance in certain areas then others, and this sounds like it makes it more like riding a rough woody then a "hang and bang".

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Friday, November 20, 2009 12:55 PM

Re: New Nor'Easter trains

Lord Gonchar said on June 20, 2008:
- The new trains on Great Nor'Easter, while eliminating the head banging, can't make up for the fact that SLCs just ride rough and generally suck balls. In fact, without being bludgeoned the entire ride, you're free to realize how bad the ride itself actually is.

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Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Friday, November 20, 2009 12:55 PM
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Saturday, November 21, 2009 7:47 AM

Hmm.. Gonch is apparently onto the fact that I have grown bored of clicking his linkbacks that he now includes the text of said linkbacks..

Well played sir.. well played.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009 5:01 PM

I actually think the SLC layout is really solid. Gonch, do you think the ride itself sucks balls, or is it the way the trains track that makes it suck balls?

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Saturday, November 21, 2009 10:13 PM

If in fact the ride "sucks balls" wouldn't that make it more popular?

Most charge extra for that, or so I am told.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009 10:26 PM

Vater said:
I actually think the SLC layout is really solid. Gonch, do you think the ride itself sucks balls, or is it the way the trains track that makes it suck balls?

The ride it gives sucks. The layout is fine.

ridemcoaster said:
Hmm.. Gonch is apparently onto the fact that I have grown bored of clicking his linkbacks that he now includes the text of said linkbacks..

Well played sir.. well played.

I still prefer the quotes in the context of their original threads to give added perspective, but for the sake of brevity, this will do.

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Saturday, November 21, 2009 10:28 PM
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009 4:12 AM

Gonch, I agree. I don't think there is anything that Vekoma can do to make their rides NOT suck balls unless they can figure out a way to make the rides SMOOTHER. If I want a brain aneurysm, I can bang my head against a wall a hundred times. I don't need to waste gas money and time to ride one of those horrendous POS's.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009 7:28 PM

But the trains also come along with a completely new track system...so all of the above-mentioned problems should be fixed.

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