Music Express is an amusement ride based on the original Caterpillar rides of Germany. Several near-identical ride designs are also produced by other companies; Musik Express by Italian company Bertazzonand US Majestic Rides, Himalaya by American company Wisdom Rides, German company Mack, and French company Reverchon, and Silver Streak by Wisdom Rides. This ride is a modern adaption of the famous Harry Traver Caterpillar rides.

Design and operation Edit

The ride features twenty 3-passenger cars connected in a circle. These cars rotate on a track with alternating sloped and flat sections. Rotation is possible in both a backward and forward direction, as the ride is manually operated. The ride is powered by 4 DC motors and can reach a maximum speed of 12 revolutions per minute. (Certain older models have a hydraulic tire/rim drive and they have a tendency to go faster).

The riders in each car are restrained by a single solid lap bar that is locked across the body of the car, making the ride unsuitable for young children or people of short stature. The bar must be manually locked or unlocked, and only locks in one position. Lights and music are also controlled by the operator, which (as the name suggests) contribute heavily to the ride experience. After a certain amount of rotations or minutes, the ride operator will be alerted by the control box that the speed is going to increase, usually by a light on the box. At that time the operator will speak on a microphone asking the riders if they would like to go faster. Sometimes the ride operator can do this earlier than the alert light to build suspense. After a minute or two of faster speed, the ride will then slow down, and the operator can then ask the riders if they would like to go backwards. The speedup element is then repeated again only done in reverse. The Most parks and carnivals require all riders to be at least 42 inches or even taller, depending on circumstances and ride design.

Most Musik Expresses are built with a backdrop dividing the rear third of the ride from the front two-thirds. This backdrop, normally covered in artwork and lights, and providing a mild head-chopper like effect as the riders enter and exit the rear section. As this blocks lines of sight, additional staff are required to safely supervise this ride in operation.

More common in Europe than the US, some Music Express rides have a canopy that the operator can cover the ride while in operation, very much like the old caterpillar rides.

At Kennywood Park's and Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom's Musik Express, written above are the words "Mit Musik Geht Alles Besser", which translated from German reads, "With Music, Everything Goes Better."

The variant used in fairs across Hawaii feature Murals of several famous artists, such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, the logo of The Rolling Stones, Squid Sisters from Splatoon (only includes Calamari Inkantation, Bomb Rush Blush, Ink me Up and Spicy Calamari Inkantation), Off the Hook from Splatoon 2, and several other musicians.

Variations Edit

Bertazzon Musik Express
No major variations from Mack Rides version.
Majestic Manufacturing Musik Express
14 cars, hydraulic locking system, increased top RPM.
Wisdom Rides Himalaya
22 cars.
Mack Rides Himalaya
Music Express, Diskothek
Reverchon Himalaya
Original Himalaya ride design, only can go up to 12rpms in the U.S
Wisdom Rides Silver Streak
16 cars, smaller height difference, multiple lap bar positions.
SDC Amor Express
Billed as "The Love Machine", circa late 70s, with hydraulic drive and canopy, very much like the original caterpillar rides. Not many found in the US anymore but they still can be found in European fair circuits and parks.

Appearances Edit

The letter following the operating park or show indicates the manufacturer and model of the ride:

(Ma) = Henrich Mack GmbH & Co. (B) = Bertazzon, (M) = Majestic Rides, (C) = Chance Rides, (W) = Wisdom Industries, (R) = Reverchon (SD) = SDC,

  • Argentina
    • Himalaya at Parque de la Ciudad (R)
  • Australia
    • Tango Train at Luna Park Sydney, Raupen Bahn Love Express owned by TPA shows and a Love Express owned by O'Neill's Shows
      • In the early days of its appearance at Luna Park (1995), the riders were covered with a material canopy which was then briskly removed mid-ride.
  • Canada
    • "Himalaya", Albion Amusements, Ontario (W)
    • "Musik Express", Playland Vancouver, B.C. (Ma)
    • "Musik Express", World's Finest Shows, Ontario (M)
    • Musik Express, Campbell Amusements, Ontario (M)
    • "Silver Streak", Conklin Super Shows, Ontario (W)
    • "Polar Express" formerly Heartbreak Express (Super Himalaya), Carter Shows Ltd.(Ma)
  • Italy – Mirabilandia
  • United Kingdom – Southport Pleasureland, Gulliver's Land, Braintree fair Superbob (a snow themed music express)
  • United States
    • Super Himalaya" at Historical Sylvan Beach Amusement Park Sylvan Beach, NY (Doesn't go backwards)
    • Himalaya at Adventureland, Altoona, IA
    • Music Express at Jenkinson's South Amusement Park Point Pleasant, NJ (Ma)
    • Himalaya at Kentucky Kingdom, Louisville, Kentucky (R)
    • Music Express at Hersheypark (Doesn't go backwards),
    • "Musik Express" at Indiana Beach (Ma)
    • "Musik Express" at Conneaut Lake Park Conneaut Lake, PA (M)
    • "Musik Express" at Morey's Piers (B),
    • "Musik Express" at Gillians Wonderland Pier Ocean City, NJ (B)
    • "Musik Express" at Kennywood Park (Ma),
    • "Musik Express" at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom,
    • "Musik Express" at Adventureland (New York)
    • Music Express with Rock-n-Roll theme at Seabreeze Amusement Park, Rochester, NY. (B)
    • Music Express with Rock-n-Roll theme (Ma) at Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury, Connecticut.
    • Musik Express at Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, New Orleans, LA.
    • Musik Express at Six Flags Great Adventure No longer in use as of 2008, scrap for parts(Ma)
    • Super Cat at Valleyfair (ST)
    • Musik Express at James E Strates Midways,
    • Flash: Speed Force at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, CA (Ma)
    • Rip Curl at Fun Spot America Theme Parks, Orlando, FL (W)
    • Rock & Roll at Bowcraft Amusement Park
    • Rock & Roll at Fantasy Island (B)
    • Music Express with Rock-n-Roll theme owned by Gillette Shows (B)
    • Musik Express at Casino Pier Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy (B)
    • "Musik Express" at Cliff's Amusement Park (Ma)
    • Hip-Hop Himalaya, Coney Island, independently operated. (B).
    • Cannonball Express, The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom (B).
    • Trade Winds, Busch Gardens Williamsburg (R).
    • 2 Super Himalaya's owned by Wade Shows (R) & (W)
    • "HitIn2000" owned by Wade Shows (Ma).
    • "Himalaya" owned by Oscars Amusements (R)
    • "Super Himalaya" at Cedar Point Sandusky, OH (Ma)
    • "Himalaya" owned by North American Midway Entertainment )otherwise known as N.A.M.E.).
    • "Musik Express" with Hurricane theme at Jolly Roger at the Pier Ocean City, MD. (B)
    • "Himalaya" at Trimper's Amusement Park, Ocean City, MD. (R)
    • "Thunderbolt" at Funtown Splashtown USA (C)
    • "Swiss Bobs" themed Matterhorn at Palace Playland
    • "Matterhorn" themed Safari Stampede at Jungle Jack's Landing (B) and normal theme owned by Funtastic Rides at Puyallup Fair (Ma) (Ride in Puyallup Fair doesn't go backwards)
    • "Music Express" at Waldameer Park, Erie, PA (B)
    • "Musik Express" owned by Reithoffer Shows (M)
    • "Rave Wave" owned by Ray Cammack Shows
    • "Road Runner" at Adventuredome, Las Vegas, Nevada (W)
    • "Matterhorn" themed Squid Jet coming soon to Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood, Orlando, and Japan. Theme based on Splatoon. (B)
    • "Himalaya" at Wonderland Amusement Park, Amarillo, Texas
    • "Mini Himalaya" at Paul Bunyan Land, Brainerd, Minnesota 
    • "Rock 'n' Roller" at Carowinds (Ma)
    • "Hilltopper" at Six Flags Great America Now Defunct
  • Portugal
    • "Matterhorn - Disk Love"
    • "Matterhorn Snow Dance"