Locked-and-Monitored Seatbelt Systems at Playland

The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland was built in 1958 and It is its most historic and spectacular attraction. Playland is operated by the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Reaching speeds of 72 km/h (45 mph) on the steepest drop, the many twists, turns and camel hops of Coaster’s 865 meter (2,840 feet) of track keep you on the edge of your seat until the last hair-raising turn into the station.  In 2009, Coaster was designated as an ACE (American Coaster Enthusiasts) Roller Coaster Landmark.

Playland decided to undertake a major refurbishment of this historic ride, part of which included the need to ensure the passenger restraint systems complied with modern safety Standards. Back in January 2022 – during the PNE SafeConnect Conference – KumbaK was asked to provide a back-up system for the original restraint system of Coaster, with the L&MS systems chosen for the upgrade. KumbaK not only provided the systems and integration into the ride vehicles, but also provided on-site guidance for the installation. The iconic ride reopened to the public in August 2022.

The L&MS systems consisting of a locking and retracting unit have been developed to provide a controlled back-up for existing restraint systems of older coasters, and can also be used as a stand-alone restraint system for gentler attractions. If you are interested in more information regarding the L&MS systems, then do not hesitate to contact us or take a look at the Standard Safety Products page on our website.