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KumbaK upgrades Port Aventura coasters

01 January, 2007

KumbaK Coasters has received a contract from Port Aventura, Salou, Spain, to upgrade two wooden rollercoasters. The rides, Stampida, a twin track racing coaster, and Tomahawk, a junior coaster, originally opened in 1997.

Stampida will be retrofitted with four new open-sided trains. The trains will be themed as racing stagecoaches with ‘luggage racks’ on the back. Each train will consist of six 4-seat cars. The first train was due to be delivered in December. Testing will begin in January and the coasters will re-open in mid-March 2007.

Stampida and Tomahawk will also benefit from the installation of new ride control systems and magnetic brakes. The new ride control systems and brakes will provide significantly increased capacity for Stampida in the region of 15 per cent. The intelligence built into the ride control system can adjust the speed of every train based on the weight of the train. KumbaK’s trains have been designed for minimum maintenance cost and are being supplied with a 4-year warranty and 4-year inspection period for all major components.

The innovative design of the seat and lap bar configuration provides rider containment to the highest standard and has eliminated the requirement for seat belts. As an added feature, each row of train seats will have an integrated video camera provided by Ridercam of Germany.

Port Aventura expects to reap the benefits of these new trains just as Blackpool Pleasure Beach did in England when that park reopened its Space Invader coaster in April 2004 with new vehicles, new ride controls, new magnetic brakes and a new lift drive from KumbaK.

The Space Invader upgrade also came with a 4-year inspection period on all major parts, and has resulted in savings in the purchase of spare parts of more than 90 per cent of what would be expected based on industry standards. The extension of the inspection period and the reduction in the replacement of spare parts has also resulted in labour savings at the park.

“The KumbaK approach is to provide innovative ride systems with very low maintenance costs,” notes David Vatcher, the company’s executive vice-president. “We are delighted with the very low maintenance costs and high availability of our first two ride systems at Blackpool and the Dutch National Railway Museum.”

The rides were previously featured in Park World in 2004 and 2005 respectively.