*****Schwarzskopf have ceased to exist since 1995*****
Well, kinda, I think his son keeps the company going, I think they make new train's for existing ride's and maintain old one's - not 100% on that though!
Also, the 689 SLC is'nt trash - a park would'nt buy one if they were widely known as CRAP, infact, recently - Vekoma have rebuilt the rolling stock chassis and wheel mount's, they're using the new train's on the Flamingo Land SLC, and they've already used them on a 689m SLC in America (Magic Spring's I think), and apparently it'sreally smooth.
Think of it, a big, thrilling, smooth ride with five inversion's - that's reliable and have a pretty good output for around five million quid, start's sounding appealing to smaller park's like Southport, and to larger park's (like so of the SF park's in the USA) as support coaster's.
No his son Wieland reportedly remains in the amusement business, designing rides for another company, he is also the president and ceo of the European Association Amusement Supplier Industry. And have you been on an SLC? they are the monst uncomfy rides ever!
*****think of it, a big, thrilling, smooth ride with five inversion's*****
- not big, not thrilling, definately not smooth - cheap, nasty waste-of-space would be more accurate.
SFs buy them because maintaining them would be a waste of time since they'd be just as terrible, and since six flags don't do coaster maintenance it kind of fits them