Maintenance of wooden v steel coasters

Maintenance of wooden v steel coasters

Post by Woodpecke » Wed, 05 Dec 2012 18:22:58


Are there any comparisons out there of how expensive it is to maintain a woodie, versus steel?  I've heard that woodies are more expensive, and I can believe that, but I've yet to see any hard figures proving it.
 
 
 

Maintenance of wooden v steel coasters

Post by coastercrazy2 » Wed, 05 Dec 2012 23:25:26

I have no clue. I guess another way to look at it would be as follows:

How many current steel coasters will still be running in 40 years?
Perhaps that should be a part of the overall calculation for cost
effectiveness. In other words, even if it cost more to maintain a
wooden coaster annually, does that necessarily mean that over a 50
year period the wooden coaster cost more...especially if the steel
coaster was more expensive to build in the beginning and you have to
replace it with something else 40 years down the road?

That is the type of question some people choose to ask about Hybrid
cars right? If they cost more on the lot...how long does it take to
"catch up" in terms of savings to what you would have saved buying the
non-hybrid to begin with and then what if you have to replace the
inverter 10-15 years down the road on the hybrid? Annual cost may not
be the only factor to determine what is best"cheapest" for the park
long term.

 
 
 

Maintenance of wooden v steel coasters

Post by thekmanro.. » Fri, 07 Dec 2012 09:03:15

It also depends on the intensity/complexity of the
layout, along with location:  shoreline vs inland
/desert, etc.