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LEFT: This image, courtesy of The Gravity Group, shows how congested the area around Twister is


However, even if we removed the family freefall tower and the bumper car track it would not have been enough. We went up on the roof of Blå Tåget, our ghost train, and I got an idea: we could tear down the building; it was really just a scrap building, and put up a new concrete box with Blå Tåget inside and the rollercoaster on top. We were gambling a little bit, in fact quite a lot. When you build a coaster on a piece of land and you need one metre more, you just move it one metre. But here you have all these fixed points around it – a building with a Musik Express on top, Blå Tåget, Kvasten with all its columns, the Jetline and Vilda Musen (Wild Mouse) coasters and all their columns, a Zierer Flying Carpet, and of course the boardwalk and the water. This forces us to be creative!


Go With Gravity We called The Gravity Group, and (partner) Korey Kiepert came over and talked with us. We felt that someone who could build The Voyage (Holiday Park, Indiana) and all these other coasters was probably the right guy. He said yes, he thought it could be done. Without all the 3D CAD drawings showing the clearance envelope on Kvasten, Jetline Vilda Musen I do not think he would have been able to do it. They then sent us an animation showing what the coaster would do, back in October 2009, and we were just stunned. We made a calculation, and the


board said yes the following January. We started on August 9 last year when we closed off this area, the first time I am aware of when we shut off an area of the park before the season had finished. The demolition company came and removed the old Blå Tåget, then in October we put in the first piles and concrete. We had a nice winter this year, earlier and longer than ever in modern history with lots of snow in December. We had a lot of nightmares during installation, I was Skyping Korey night and day, but the guys were very good, they made it. After the first test run in April I said to Korey, “You are not a good engineer, you are a genius!” We were so satisfied; we knew then that we had a winner.


What we decided early on was that it was going to


be a Twister. I call it the most twisted Twister in the world because it’s true, no one else had made curves that sharp. Many of the curves have half the radius of a normal wooden coaster and I do not think if we had a longer train it would have been possible to make those corners. We are using a six-car version of The Gravity


Group’s Timberliner trains, the first go into full time operation together with Wooden Warrior at Quassy Amusement Park in the States. They have extremely good “road holding” on the track, like a sports car, but still you have the feeling of a wooden coaster when you are riding.


The first drop


Peter Osbeck (right) with Gröna Lund archivist Andreas Theve


The most twisted Twister in the world!


AUGUST 2011


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