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Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:00 pm

WOW that will stink if something goes wrong with the brakes. It doesn't look like anything really special to me...let me know when there is going to be something bigger and longer.

Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:50 pm

This looks to be on the same scale as the Screamin' Squirrel to me. It looks fun, but it doesn't do much. However, I can see larger versions being built in the next few years.

Fri Apr 27, 2007 1:49 pm

I'd imagine that they run the thing atleast 2-3 times for one ticket. EDIT: that's what they do on the other short rides.

Linnanmäki is build on a hill quite close to Helsinki Center. The park can't really grow to any direction but up. It's logical that they got this kind-of "mini roller coaster".

Sat Apr 28, 2007 5:43 am

Are those "sunbursts" on the side of the train there ONLY for protection (to keep people from touching the track), or could they possibly be used as spokes to spin the train?

Sat Apr 28, 2007 8:23 pm

No worries about the brakes. All mission-critical roller coaster brakes are failsafe (at least those of modern steel coasters, I don't know every antique woodie around).

The pictures of the http://www.coastersandmore.de website are from a simplified test coaster built close to Lucerne in Switzerland.

Sun Apr 29, 2007 12:42 am

^^They are simply to protect the track. The cars are free-spinning.

NEWS: Linnanmäki to build 2 coasters

Tue Apr 20, 2010 4:35 pm

The summer of 2011 came up with the name of novelty device!

Kesällä 2011 Linnanmäelle tulee uusi laite kaikille hurjapäille. Linnanmäki the summer of 2011 will be a new device to the tearaway. Laitteessa noustaan ensin pystysuoraan noin 50 metrin korkeuteen. Device are boarded first, vertically about 50 meters in height. Sitten pyörähdetään ylösalaisin ja ollaan kyydissä pää alaspäin. Then spin upside down and the ride is the head downwards. Korkkiruuvikierteiden jälkeen vaunu syöksyy yli sadan kilometrin tuntivauhtia alas. Korkkiruuvikierteiden after car plunges over a hundred kilometers per hour down. Mikä voisi olla moiselle hurjimukselle kuvaava nimi? What could be the Mademoiselle hurjimukselle descriptive name?

Kokonaiskorkeus n. 52 m Overall height approximately 52 m
Radan pituus n. 150 m Track length of about 150 m
Teoreettinen kapasiteetti n. 550 hlöä/h The theoretical capacity of approximately 550 persons / h
Huippunopeus n. 105 km/h Top speed about 105 km / h
Vaunuja 2 kpl Wagons 2 pcs
Matkustajamäärä/vaunu 6 hlö Of passengers carried per wagon for 6 people

Osallistu kisaan lähettämällä nimiehdotuksesi sähköisesti tällä lomakkeella tai toimittamalla ehdotuksesi Linnanmäen Leffabaariin. Nimikilpailun voittaja palkitaan Linnanmäen 2011 VIP-kortilla! Kilpailu päättyy Linnanmäen Valokarnevaalissa lokakuussa 2010. Participate by sending suggestions to name this form electronically or by submitting suggestions Linnanmäki Movie bar. Name The winner is rewarded Linnanmäki 2011 VIP card! Competition ends Valokarnevaalissa amusement park in October 2010.


Edit: Google translator fail

Roller Coaster: unknown
Amusement Park: Linnanmäki (Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland)
Classification: Roller Coaster
Type: Steel - Sit Down
Status: Under Construction opening 2011
Make / Model: Maurer Söhne / X-Car Coaster / X-Car-Coaster
Dimensions: 196' 10" x 49' 3"
Capacity: 600 riders per hour

Length: 492' 2"
Height: 151' 7"
Inversions: 2
Speed: 65.3 mph
Duration: 1:00
G-Force: 5
Elements: 151' 7" tall Sky Loop

Trains: Single train with 2 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 12 riders.


Re: NEWS: Linnanmäki to build 2 coasters

Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:31 pm

Linnanmäki has also built a new coaster for the 2010 season.

Roller Coaster: Pilotto
Amusement Park: Linnanmäki (Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland)
Classification: Roller Coaster
Type: Steel - Sit Down
Status: Operating since 4/23/2010
Make / Model: Technical Park / All Models / Baby Aviator
Capacity: 400 riders per hour

Length: 269'
Height: 16' 5"
Inversions: 0
Duration: 2:00

Trains: Single train with 4 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 16 riders.


The ride at the factory:



Re: NEWS: Linnanmäki to build 2 coasters

Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:08 pm

Now that my job as a ride-op in Linnanmäki has started, I've been able to take a few glimpses of the building site. Well, there's not much to tell, as there's pretty much nothing there... I've seen the track and it's dark blue with grey, metallic supports, excactly like in the pic above, but the layout appears to be more simple - a bit like a simple out-and-back. Behind this link is a map of Linnanmäki, the new ride, Pilotti (Pilot) is located in the lower left corner.

Re: Linnanmäki Discussion Thread

Thu May 06, 2010 2:57 pm


The usual heavy metal fan may not be a five-year-old girl in pigtails, but she is typical of hardcore following of Hevisaurus, a metal band that has hooked the kiddie crowd in Finland. The group, which rocks on about homework and monsters, played its first gig, a charity event, only last September but its fan base of mainly five-to-seven-year-olds has grown rapidly.

The band was born when a flash of lightning and witches' spells revealed, cracked and brought to life five metal dinosaur eggs buried deep in a mountain 65 million years ago - around the time most other dinosaurs became extinct. Or so goes the "official" creation story of the long-haired reptiles in spiked bracelets and black leather billed as the world's only Jurassic metal band.

In reality, the idea hatched in the mind of drummer Mirka Rantanen, 38, a veteran "headbanger" who has played with numerous bands including the Finnish power metal group Thunderstone. "For years and years you seriously try, and then you toss up this one crazy idea, and everyone gets excited," said a bemused Rantanen in an interview.

It all started a few years ago when Rantanen attended a children's concert with his own kids, now five and 11. "What if I started making music for kids?" he thought. "What if it was heavy metal, since that's what I've been doing for 25 years?" Rantanen began writing lyrics and, with some friends from the metalhead circuit, began composing and recording. He also started envisioning the characters in the band.

"I'm a kind of 1980s relic. You could call me a dinosaur," said Rantanen, now better known as an Apatosaurus called Komppi Momppi. "Long-haired dinosaurs playing heavy metal - it started to sound like a really good idea." Sony Music agreed, and so have the Finnish children and parents who flock to sold-out concert halls and kept Hevisaurus' first album Jurahevin kuninkaat, or Kings of Jurassic Metal, on Finland's album chart for 10 weeks. "It's the best because it's heavy," said five-year-old Rico, who attended a packed concert in the southern city of Haemeenlinna wearing a Hevisaurus sweater and hat, and waving a Hevisaurus flag made by his dad. His six-year-old cousin Iina listens to Hevisaurus daily. Her favourite is the group's vocalist Mr Hevisaurus, a meat-chomping descendant of Tyrannosaurus Rex, who "sings so well". The youngest fan at Haemeenlinna was a two-month-old baby who wore protective earmuffs and slept through the show which, like all of Hevisaurus' gigs, was played live at child-friendly decibel levels.

Part of Hevisaurus' appeal is the popularity of metal music in Finland. The niche genre has gone mainstream here - even played in churches - notably since the Nordic country collected its only Eurovision Song Contest win in 2006 with Lordi's monster heavy metal song Hard Rock Hallelujah. "Lordi brought heavy metal to living rooms. We brought it to children's rooms," said Rantanen, asking "is it this bleakness that we live in, this darkness" that attracts Finns to heavy metal?

Hevisaurus' lyrics, however, are anything but bleak. They focus on adventure and fun. When homework and school get tiring, it is time to find excitement by calling up the moon, flying on a dragon's back or laughing with the "Rupu-Rupu" monster, who "smells like an unwashed potty". No short-cuts were taken in creating the band. The five elaborate costumes, for example, were made of reindeer skin dyed green and treated to look scaly in a process that took four months and cost 18,000 euros ($A25,622).

Hevisaurus' second album is due out in September or October, and before that the group is to star in a heavy metal musical at the Linnanmaeki amusement park in Helsinki. The concept has sparked interest abroad and a group in Hungary is set to create a Hungarian-language album of the hard rocking dinos, in a licensing deal with Hevisaurus.

Asked if any angry parents had accused him of corrupting their youngsters with "devil worship music" - a notion sometimes associated with heavy metal - Rantanen conceded he himself was surprised but "no". Still, the band is not without opponents. Many teenagers - possessive of the rebellious, amplified brute force of music often associated with machismo - have been quick to say Rantanen has ruined heavy metal by bringing it to young children, accusing him of co-opting the genre to make money. Rantanen brushes this off, saying he is touched by the genuine emotion of the tiny fans who sometimes take a while to build up the courage to approach the dinosaur rockers for autographs or a hug after concerts. "This is a project from the heart," Rantanen said. "Now that I've seen what it's like to perform for kids, I wouldn't give it up for anything."

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