Loch Ness Monster Receives New Trains
To coincide with the 40th anniversary of the ride, it seems as though Busch Gardens has purchased new trains for the classic Arrow ride. While the train's source is still unclear, Coaster Square believes that they were either built in-house using parts from the old trains, or came from a shop that supplies Arrow products in Richmond. I would go with the latter, or S&S's Arrow parts division stepping in.
Taller headrests, increased space, and a new body design are all new features of the rolling stock. Despite budget cuts and recent controversial business decisions, it seems like Busch Gardens is taking another step in the right direction to celebrate this historic attraction.
Valleyfair removing Riptide???
We have also heard a rumor that Valleyfair may be removing their HUSS Suspended Top Spin, Riptide. The ride has disappeared from the park's website, and with the installation of Delirious, it could be an early indicator. Along with the log flume removals, the removal of HUSS Top Spin rides has been happening far too often. These rides are known for their high running and maintenance costs, and usually do not age well due to the nature of the machinery.