At the time of the park’s founding, the lazy train was still called the Western Train. This is because the associated traction engines were built by an American company and are modeled on a miniature version of the steam locomotive from the early days of the USA. Although this original manufacturer now also offers electrified trains, they run on electric motors combined with lithium-ion batteries. This technology makes it necessary to charge the batteries via conductor rails.
Conductor rail or overhead lines, however, are out of the question for the amusement park with its many level crossings that are heavily frequented by streams of visitors. Moreover, this technology would be too expensive not only to purchase, but also to operate and maintain.
So it was a good thing that the Europa-Park maintains close ties with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and regularly assigns master’s theses. In this case, too, a master’s thesis laid the foundation for a complex project that could subsequently only be implemented in close cooperation between the park owners and a suitable drive specialist. The choice was made for SEW-EURODRIVE, with which the Europa-Park has already had positive experience in maintenance and repair work for several years.
For instance, SEW-EURODRIVE’s fast service is also available on weekends if necessary. It makes no difference to our service colleagues whether the drive to be serviced is our own or a defective third-party geared motor.