Big Loop

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Big Loop
Big Loop 7.jpg
Heide Park
Park sectionPirate Bay
Coordinates53°01′31″N 9°52′49″E / 53.02526°N 9.88028°E / 53.02526; 9.88028Coordinates: 53°01′31″N 9°52′49″E / 53.02526°N 9.88028°E / 53.02526; 9.88028
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Opening date1983 (1983)
General statistics
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height30 m (98 ft)
Length706 m (2,316 ft)
Speed70 km/h (43 mph)
Capacity1200 riders per hour
Height restriction120 cm (3 ft 11 in)
Trains6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.
WebsiteOfficial website
Big Loop at RCDB
Pictures of Big Loop at RCDB

Big Loop is a corkscrew roller coaster at Heide Park in Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany. Introduced in 1983, it was the parks first rollercoaster.

On the 706 m long track, the ride passes through 4 inversions: two loopings and two corkscrews.

New trains were added in 2010, in 2011 the breaks were renewed.



After leaving the station, the ride drops 2 m, followed by a 180 degree right curve into the chain lift hill, pulling the trains up to 30 m. After the first drop, the train continues going straight for a short period before going through two sequential loopings into another 180 degree curve.From there, the train continues through two corkscrews into a straight section followed by a left turn helix. The ride finishes into a brake section before entering the station.


The straight sections seperate the ride from ather corkscrews by Vekoma (Python (Efteling) in Efteling or Magic Mountain in Gardaland). The track layout is almost a direct copy of Canada's Wonderland Dragon Fire. The straight sections were added to allow block brakes after the corkscrew section, which would allow up to three trains running on the track. However, due to complications in properly running the trains the brakes have been removed. Originally two trains with 7 cars, manufactured by Arrow were used. In 2010, Heidepark replaced the trains with Vekoma trains from Alton Towers demolished ride Corkscrew. The trains are running with six cars for 24 persons total. Since the track is not seperated by block sections, the trains can only run individually.This allows a total capacity of 1200 people per hour.


External links[edit]

  • Big Loop at the Roller Coaster DataBase
  • Media related to Big Loop at Wikimedia Commons

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