Swedish theme park Liseberg has begun track work on its new Bolliger & Mabillard dive coaster, Valkyria.
With a track length of 2,460 feet and height of 154 feet, Valkyria will be continental Europe's longest and highest B&M dive coaster when it opens this summer. Its 164-foot drop and 65 mph top speed will place it second in Europe behind Alton Towers' Oblivion in those categories.
Liseberg, which is located in Gothenburg, Sweden, has been preparing site work for Valkyria for the past year. From the park's press release:
The groundwork is continuing around us while we are assembling the track. The part that takes the longest to build is the three-storey deep tunnel that Valkyria enters at the bottom of its 50-metre dive. This is the most complex part of the project, as we are building in clay and the structure has to resist the pressure of the surrounding groundwater – it’s similar to the process of building the West Link rail tunnel. This part of the track will be built last of all to allow as much time as possible for the tunnel construction.
In addition to the tunnel element, Valkyria will feature an Immelmann, zero-G roll, and a heartline roll.
Valkyria will be the sixth coaster at the park, joining a Mack Rides launch coaster, an Intamin woodie, a Schwarzkopf/Zierer steel coaster, and two family coasters. It will sit in the Myths & Legends land of the park, on the site of the now-closed Kanonen, an Intamin accelerator coaster. According to the most recent TEA/AECOM Theme Index report, Liseberg is the seventh most-visited theme park in Europe, drawing an estimated 3.07 million visitors in 2016.Tweet
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