Venlo, the Netherlands – In dark ride ‘’Stalen Monsters’’, visitors take an adventurous ride through the dark in a vehicle on real train rails. It is one of the most popular and surprising parts of the Railway Museum in Utrecht.
The Railway Museum in the Netherlands preserves and manages railway-related heritage . Through their stories aimed at a wide audience, they reveal the significance of this heritage in connection with technological and economic development in the past, present and future.
15 years ago, The Railway Museum introduced the dark ride named ‘Stalen Monsters’ and now, it has been updated.
The Railway Museum’s head of operations, Jan Bergen said:‘’In a very short time, we gave our dark ride Stalen Monsters a technical and experience upgrade. The project was a great collaboration between our own Technical Service and the specialists of Lagotronics Projects. The contact was pleasant and Lagotronics Projects clearly understood what was important to us: because we are a museum, we have to work in the immediate vicinity of unique collection items, and it is also important that the show elements are truthful. It was great that Lagotronics understood this very well. Both we and the visitors are very happy with the result!’’
Lagotronics Projects was asked to make the technology up-to-date and in addition to renew and optimise the total experience of the dark ride. The technical equipment, the hardware and software, was considerably outdated. As a result, it was decided to renew the entire show control, audio control and the lighting. The show can be easily operated via a control panel.
All technology has been replaced so that Stalen Monsters is equipped with up-to-date technology and can be operated for decades again.
Optimised visitor experience
In addition to replacing the technology, the equipment in the field of audio, special effects and lighting has also been overhauled. The attic has been partly renovated and provided with a new storyline. In addition, a quiz is integrated. The entrance and exit have also been adjusted to make them more eye-catching.
The entire lighting plan in the ride has been overhauled and Lagotronics Projects used RGB LED lighting. On the one hand, this lighting is very energy efficient and on the other hand great atmospheres can be created with mixing colors.
In order to give the visitors of Stalen Monsters more information about the ride, visitors are provided with information about the ride in an intermediate space. To add an extra dimension to the ride, full colour prints have been installed in various spaces and some projections have been implemented.
Overall a very challenging project in which technology and creativity come together to create a very unique and exciting museum experience!