Try imagining amusement parks without train rides; not such a pleasant image, right? Well, train rides have become an essential source of thrill and fun for children and adults alike. As such, it would be a gross mistake for an amusement park owner to exclude train rides from his scheduled amusement rides. To be honest, I highly doubt that the business would yield adequate profits to keep the park running.
Appreciating the need for train rides is half the solution though. The main problem that is facing would be amusement park owners is the decision on which train rides to include and which not to. Apart from the return on investment, the park owner has to consider a great deal of other factors the most important of them being the safety of the riders.
Train rides typically consist of miniature trains that are capable of carrying people. There are quite a number of train rides with some being classified as amusement rides while others are located in municipal parks or amusement parks. We shall now take you through four different types of train rides that we believe will transform your amusement park into a haven for fun-hungry kids.
If you are new to the amusement park business, and want to minimize your expenses as much as possible, then a backyard railroad is what you need. This is a miniature outdoor railroad that is suitable for one or several people depending on the size of the carriage. The railway gauge for a backyard railroad can be as wide as two meters depending on the design.
The tracks for backyard railroads can either be portable of fixed. Fixed tracks are ideal for permanent amusement parks that will serve the local community for years. Portable tracks on the other hand are ideal for amusement park owners who move from place to place.
The second train ride that we shall talk about is called a kiddie ride. The name itself should tell you that this is a train ride that is specially made for kids. If you want to target as many kids as possible then you can抰 afford to exclude it in your rides. Kiddie rides are activated by coins and depending on their type, kids will get entertained from the motion.
Kiddie rides are very safe and kid-friendly.
Trackless train rides should also be considered due to the diverse number of surfaces that they can be driven on. As the name suggests, these are trains that do not require train tracks in order to ferry passengers. Instead, they run on rubber tyres and may be diesel powered or driven by an electric motor.
Last but not least are the roller coaster train rides. Roller coaster train rides are very common in amusement parks and are a favorite of many amusement park visitors. A roller coaster consists of a specially designed track that is made curvy and inverted at some points. Most roller coasters will have several carriages with each accommodating between two to four people at a time.