Kinderspoor (2000)

Ride
Kinderspoor
Efteling
Location Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, The Netherlands
Park section Ruigrijk
Status Operating since 2000
Theme Zaanse Schans
Height restriction 1.2 m
Statistics
Manufacturer Kloos Oving
Product Pedal trains
Builder J. Van Esch B.V.
Designer / calculations Ton van de Ven - Chris van Grinsven
Cabins 14
Track length 450 metres
Animatronics 1
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Kinderspoor is a Track Ride built by Dutch manufacturer Kloos Oving currently located at Efteling in Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, The Netherlands.

Adults are only allowed to ride with a child.

History

The original Kinderspoor opened in 1954 on the complete other side of the park. This had an overall Dutch theme, and was designed by Anton Pieck. This version got completely removed in 1999 due to low ridership. They did decide that they couldn't just remove a classic attraction, and hired Kloos Oving to make new rails for a new version. Part of the Gondoletta Lake was drained, and Ton van de Ven designed the new version, which would no longer have a overall dutch theme, but have a theme centered around 'De Zaanse Schans'. While the original ride featured 21 trains, the new version only featured 14 (which where all reused from the original).[1]

Design

The ride uses small trains, these are driven by pedal force. One train seats 2 kids. Adults are only allowed to ride if they accompany a child. Kids under 1.2 meters must be accompanied by an adult.

The ride featured 14 trains, all named after birds. These trains are:

  • Arend (Eagle)
  • Gans (Goose)
  • Gier (Vulture)
  • Koekoek (Cuckoo)
  • Lijster (Thrush)
  • Mees (Tit)
  • Meeuw (Gull)
  • Mus (Sparrow)
  • Pelikaan (Pelican)
  • Reiger (Heron)
  • Uil (Owl)
  • Valk (Falcon)
  • Zwaan (Swan)
  • Zwaluw (Swallow)

Location

The ride is located in the "Ruigrijk" area of the park, roughly translating to "Thrill Realm".

Etymology

Kinderspoor is Dutch for "Child Railway".

The attraction also gets called Traptreintjes which translates to "Pedal Trains".

The station of the ride is named Station de Blauwe Reiger which translates to "Station the Blue Heron", keeping with the bird theme.

Theme

The ride is themed to 'De Zaanse Schans'. De Zaanse Schans is a populair tourist destination in the Netherlands, because it features a lot of old dutch buildings, including the iconic dutch windmills.

Winter

The ride changes to "Langlaufbaan het Hijgend Hert" (Cross-country skiing track the Panting Deer). Adults are allowed to attend this attraction.

References

Articles on Efteling
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