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Postby hyyyper » Sun Sep 16, 2007 12:22 pm

coastermaniac1 wrote:Interesting, I sure hope it works out. Is that picture taken of the train on El Condor or is that a differant train on a differant coaster?

those are the drawings for the junior invert, but the onces on El Condor will be very similar

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Postby JuanSe_Colombia » Sun Sep 16, 2007 12:24 pm

This trains are a great addiction for this ride I hope it works.

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Postby coastermaniac1 » Sun Sep 16, 2007 12:26 pm

I am still not convinced, is there any more evidence or proof or a picture of these trains at the park or on El Condor? I sure hope it's true as I hear the ride is awful and if they are a success hopefully other parks will purchase them for their SLC's.

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Postby Hjalmar » Sun Sep 16, 2007 12:31 pm

tommorow (17sep) vekoma will install the seats.

today supervisors asked personal if they want to come on tuesday for testing.

and friday (21sep) the park will open again for visitors. so everyone can injoy the new seats.

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Postby Tömmioh » Sun Sep 16, 2007 12:34 pm

yeah, it was really rough and just awfully terrible, when I rode it.
I hope those new seats and the lack of shoulder-, headbashing OTSR's will make the ride better, and it will be interesting to see if more SLC's will be getting those new seats and restraints.

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Postby coaster_dude2002 » Sun Sep 16, 2007 1:22 pm

The seats are similar to the junior inverts with the addition of a rubber vest (like B&M flyers). www.coastersandmore.com/pic/eas06/sitzg.jpg

Hopefully it will reduce the head banging and add to ride experience without having all the padding around you head like the current seats.

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Postby Menghini » Tue Sep 18, 2007 9:29 am

Interesting... A reason to go to Walibi World this year...

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Postby raptor6 » Tue Sep 18, 2007 10:05 am

Yay! Less head-banging!

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Good riddance SLC headbanging !

Postby BDG » Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:10 am

Vekoma engineers had some fun at Walibi World today, as they tested a brand new seat & restraint concept on the El Condor (back in 1994, the company's inverted coaster prototype).

The front row of an existing, regular old SLC train has been equipped with seats similar to the ones found on the company's Family Suspended Coaster (Kvasten & Jimmy Neutron), but equipped with a flexible shoulder restraint similar to the system found on a B&M Flying.

According to the handful of lucky riders (in September, the park is closed on weekdays) the ride is still a little bumpy as the chassis is still the same, but because of the new restraints, it's now entirely headbang-free.

Photos below by WalibiWeb.
It's like a racing seat...
...complete with seatbelts. :-)

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Postby ebl » Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:27 am

Reminds me a bit of the restraints on B&M flyers---a flexible "vest" that I find to be rather comfortable, actually.

It appears that Vekoma has accidentally done something smart this time!

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