Why do Verkoma and Arrow looping coasters look ali

Tuesday, March 13, 2001 9:05 AM
Why do Verkoma's looping and boomerang coasters look exactley like Arrow Loopers? Even the train is the same? I know that Arrow went back to their own fabrication. Has Verkoma infringed on Arrow patients or did Verkoma commision Arrow to make the coasters? *** This post was edited by Ron Toomers Revenge on 3/13/2001. ***
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Tuesday, March 13, 2001 10:21 AM
Rumor has it that Vekoma licensed Arrow's track. And for years, Vekoma just used Arrow's trains. Since they were using Arrow trains, it made sense that their track should be compatible.

If you look closely, there is a subtle difference between older Arrow track and Vekoma track: the Vekoma track has two bolts in the outboard edge of the rail where the segments join together.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2001 11:34 AM
In 1977 Vekoma bought a lincensee from Arrow.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2001 11:59 AM
Exactly. Vekoma just uses patents from other coaster companies for their rides. This is true for all their rides, as the SLC, Invertigo, and Flying Dutchman track is essentially the normal looping track (made famous by Arrow) turned upside down. Sometimes a second backbone is added as well.

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