Holiday World has begun testing new Timberliner trains on The Voyage rollercoaster, which are designed to offer guests a smoother experience when the ride reopens in 2011.
The Voyage will be the first wooden rollercoaster in the world to receive the Timberliner trains, which are manufactured by the Gravitykraft Corporation. The trains are designed to cause less wear and tear on the coaster's track, as well as offering guests a more comfortable journey.
Timberliner trains are designed to reduce the "jolting" effect that riders experience when many wooden rollercoasters pass through turns. This is achieved by the trains steering through the curves (placing greatly reduced force on the track), and through seat suspension which absorbs vibrations. The trains' restraints are also designed to reduce loading times and increase capacity.
The Voyage opened in 2006, and is a hybrid wooden coaster featuring a steel structure and a wooden track. It reaches a height of 163 feet, features five tunnels, and is the second-longest wooden rollercoaster in the world at 6,442 feet. It has been voted the world's best wooden coaster in the Golden Ticket awards for four consecutive years.
In addition to the new Timberliner trains on The Voyage, Holiday World has announced the addition of two new attractions aimed at children for the 2011 season. It will also make a host of other improvements designed to improve guest comfort at the park.