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Kings Island Orion train cars revealed

Giga coaster train rolled out at theme park convention
Posted at 3:35 PM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 19:55:23-05

As workers toil in the cold to build Kings Island's new giga coaster Orion, its manufacturer this week unveiled the train cars for the ride, at a theme park convention in much-warmer Orlando.

One of the cars is on display this week at the IAAPA convention, the Global Association for the Attractions Industry.

A photo of the car was tweeted early Tuesday by Attractions Magazine.

Orion train

It shows a blue and white carriage, built by Swiss manufacturer Bolliger and Mabillard (B&M), that looks vaguely similar to the cars on Kings Island's Diamondback, a similar but smaller B&M coaster.

However, rather than featuring staggered seating like Diamondback, with just two seats per row, the cars have four seats in a line. The so-called "clamshell" harnesses are virtually identical to those on Diamondback.

The seats themselves are almost identical to those on Carowinds' Fury 325, another B&M giga coaster in the Carolinas.

Fury 325.jpg
Fury 325, Carowinds park

Kings Island is not saying when the train cars will arrive in Ohio, but construction has been proceeding on schedule, with workers completing Orion's summit earlier this month.

You can see the construction for yourself at Kings Island's Winterfest, which kicks off this week and runs through the end of the year.

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