This is a story that I’ve wanted to write ever since my very first trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain. It looks like they have finally gotten new trams! Two brand new trams were delivered to the park today, but they probably won’t be put into service for awhile.
The trams were dropped off in the far parking lot, just outside of their maintenance area. As you can see here, they are a major upgrade from what the park uses today, and I’m not really sure that the word ‘trams’ even applies anymore. These are full-size, articulated buses:
I couldn’t get close enough to see what brand they were, and I have no idea how many people they can hold, but it looks like a lot, especially if standing is allowed. It looks like they may even have air conditioning units on top, for those really hot summer months:
They weren’t outside for very long before being moved behind a fence, away from prying eyes. I suspect it will be awhile before they put then into service. They obviously have graphics to apply and I imagine a bunch of training to do with the tram staff:
One thing I noticed right away is that their existing procedures will need to be changed. Since there are no doors on the drivers side, they will no longer be able to pick up passengers in the parking lot as they do today. Perhaps the new route will take the bus around the perimeter of the parking lot, in a clockwise direction, with multiple stops along the way:
The pick-up and drop-off at the main gate will also have to change, but that doesn’t seem like a big deal. The trams, err buses, will just need to enter the loop from the opposite direction:
Thank you, Six Flags Magic Mountain, for finally making an investment in an area of the park that was long over due! The trams in use today are original to the park from 1971. If you’d like to read more about the existing trams, you can find my overview here.