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.