Some new life will be coming to the iconic SooperDooperLooper coaster this year. Amusement Today reported that the coaster's new Gerstlauer built trains have arrived at Hersheypark and have been loaded onto the coaster's storage track.
This set of two trains will be the third pair for the coaster. The classic Schwarzkopf coaster debuted back in 1977. During its first years the coaster ran trains that came straight from Schwarzkopf. However, in 1988 these trains were replaced by a set built by Giovanola in Switzerland. The Giovanola trains remained on the coaster until just recently as the new set from Gerstlauer.
Fans of tradition don't need to worry about any dramatic changes coming with these trains. The classic look has been preserved with the new trains. Most importantly, the new trains retain the individual ratcheting lap bars found on the older trains. This means that the trains still feature lap bars rather than over the shoulder restraints. Also, photographs of one of the trains have risen and revealed that it will be sporting a bright orange paint job.
Amusement Today also mentioned that one of the old trains has been donated to the National Roller Coaster Museum & Archives. That train left the park last week.