Holiday World will install new trains on The Voyage coaster for 2010
announced today that it will install new Timberliner trains on its top roller coaster, The Voyage
, for 2010.
From the Santa Claus, Indiana park's press release:
[Holiday World president Will] Koch says the Timberliner’s wheels are engineered to steer through curves as they move along the coaster track, creating a smoother ride and less wear and tear on the track. The seats are ergonomically designed for greater comfort, including an exclusive seat-suspension design. The padded seats will also accommodate wider-hipped and longer-legged riders.
Concept art of the Timberliner trains. Image courtesy Holiday World
The new trains were designed by The Gravity Group, the Cincinnati design firm that created the coaster. They were tested at the park last spring.
It's the same as Rip Ride Rock It!
Looks like a spin on the Millennium Flyer trains that are designed by GCI. The articulated train design isn't new by any means. It was first used in the 1920's when the wooden twister coaster came into fashion. When GCI brought back the twister, they modernized that design to fit their coasters. It's a major contributor to the quality of those rides. The new trains on Voyage will make it better than it already is.
If these new trains will smooth out the ride, I just may give The Voyage another try. The first (and so far only) time I rode it, I got an instantaneous headache (as did the three other people with me). For now, The Raven remains my favorite coaster at HW!
I never thought the Voyage was all that rough to begin with... intense, powerful, and fun, but not rough. Maybe that is because I am comparing it to Worlds Of Fun's Timber Wolf which is so painful it should be banned. My guess is the new trains are more for minimizing the wear and tear on the track...
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