Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

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Postby CPmillenia94 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:16 pm

^ouch.. Never understood those restraints.

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Postby spinning man » Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:45 am

Strangely enough, that looks comfy to me. But i'm wondering, did vekoma make that?

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Postby GayCoasterGuy » Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:18 am

spinning man wrote:Strangely enough, that looks comfy to me. But i'm wondering, did vekoma make that?


That is not a Vekoma train. It does look nice, huh!? Lap bars might need a good layer of padding, but still... imagine the relative comfort and "free" feeling they probably provide. AND you can finally *really* put your hands up, now :station:

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Postby amy_mel » Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:10 am

I don't understand all the raving over the new train on Sidewinder either. I rode once last summer and once was still more than enough. I left the ride with a headache and one very unhappy 9 year old. It was the only ride he really wanted to try that was new to him and he was very disappointed.

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Postby A.J. » Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:42 am

On the contrary, I have no problems with Sidewinder's (or Nor'Easter's at Morey's Piers) trains at all. I don't particularly like the ride itself because it's a bit boring, but it's certainly not unbearable.

I'd rather be held back comfortably with the harness then risk my body being forced forward to a point where it hurts. Having a "free" body on a ride isn't always a good thing.

More to the point - Sidewinder is certainly not a "must ride" for me, but I don't avoid it like the plague (unlike Rolling Thunder at Six Flags Great Adventure, which I do now avoid like the plague).
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Postby vacoaster09 » Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:53 am

Who made those trains? Almost look like Zierer...
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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterfreak101 » Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:38 am

^KumbaK.

I like the new Vekoma trains - they don't take away your head and back hitting the back of the seat, but they do take away the headbanging, and that's enough for me.
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Postby SoCalCoasters » Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:24 am

I've heard that those trains would never be able to run in the US in their current form. The open air design apparently is a little -too- open for them to be permitted and I can what people were talking about. It's a nice design, bust I doubt we will see anything like this in the US for a while, and definitely not the same shell.
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Postby MrSum1_55 » Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:38 am

^Not until the day OSHA realizes their stupidity (which will be never)

Coaster and train designers spend hours of their time making sure a design is safe, while the GP-who-happen-to-have-power OSHA get to decide otherwise, even though they probably know nothing about the process.

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Re: Hersheypark (HP) Discussion Thread

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:16 am

^OSHA wouldn't really regulate coaster trains, since it pertains more to guest-related safety rather than employee safety. Granted, employees do test rides, but the point remains, OSHA doesn't handle things like roller coaster trains.
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