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  1. I'm sorry that you read it that way, I'm all for proper fastening of the restraints in a safe manner, so that riders won't fall out. But I don't see why stapling the riders in a forceful manner makes the ride any safer then just closing the restraints so that they are snug without the additional extra force. The only reason I had with that comment were to gain a couple of millimetres of leg-room, which makes the ride a lot more comfortable to ride, without the light bruising and crushed bladder that you were to be given before. I'm however delighted to say that since the press day the crew working on Helix have been a lot more "nicer" in their checking of the restraints, meaning the "tip" is now null and void. Again, sorry, won't post any more comments about that here again. Ride safe everyone. Loefet
  2. The newer ones, have some 'X' shaped plates between the seat pillars underneath the seat itself. Just one of the things that have been evolved of the design of these trains to make them lighter/stronger/easier to manufacture/maintain.
  3. Helix opening day!! So yesterday were the grand opening of Helix, didn't really bother with the ribbon cutting and speeches, but arrived a little later to enjoy a day at the park. But there are images and videos available from Liseberg themselves. and Helix blog We also had a little blog followers meet up, which after some greetings and general discussion ended up on a ride together on Helix, which may have been one of the funniest experiences ever (sorry Hans ), there is a photo of us available on: projecthelix.se The day was really great, not that much crowds in the park, apart from the Helix queue that is, which were almost reaching 2 hours at times. They also experienced an unfortunate breakdown on the evening for about 2 hours, which made them evacuate the whole ride, queue and all. But they later got it working again and we managed to be early in the queue that had formed at the entrance, so we got two relatively quick rides in. It have clearly picked up some speed since Wednesday, so there is big hopes that it will be even better later on, especially since they have been forced to cut short the testing protocol due to the late arrival of the trains on site. So summer here we go Balder and Lisebergbanan were also flying around their respectively track, so they are running great as well, and with the added Helix on the hill, then the Lisebergbanan experience have become even better. Since the interaction is awesome, I can't wait to ride it loads of times to get the perfect ride with loads of interaction between the trains Great day, great weather and great rides. This is as near perfection you can get for a season opening at Liseberg I hope that you all have enjoyed all the updates I have given you of the Helix construction and before. More will come, since Liseberg will keep on evolving in the future like everything else. It have been a pleasure so far, and until next time enjoy this selection of images from my visit yesterday!! We start with the tightest part of the ride where you are literally inches from 2 other rides at the same time Didn't want to wait for this image, so some computer trickery fixed it for me, but it do look great!! Massive up-side down airtime hill There are some great angles on this ride, and I'm not the only one to think that Zero-g!! This image is one of the comfiest to get, why you ask? Well there is a bench right there, so just sit down and wait for the train to come to you Massive airtime!! Second corkscrew!! Twisty air-time goodness The sun, really made it interesting to take pictures today Zoooooooom Due to slow dispatch times when running 2 trains, this is another image that isn't able to happen. But once they get everything rolling with all three trains and Helix is running at capacity, then this might actually happen The trains have sped up quite a bit since the press day, but then again the warm nice weather and quite a bit of running since is the probable cause. It's nearing Blue Fire insanity, but there is still room for improvement This area have really been transformed as well on the two short days since I was last here They have really done wonders, including paving a massive area in the queue, and all this in only two days, incredible!! But there are still things to be done, but they will have plenty of times in the early weeks since Liseberg is still only opened weekends at this point Another train of happy riders return Did I say that the queue was packed!! I mean really packed, all the switchbacks were filled and it was spilling out the entrance Another train going for a spin I do love the exit hole in the mesh Front is OK, but the back is epic, and this is just the drop out the station Yep, loads of people Into the first launch Bzzzzzzzzzzzzz, whoosh!! Not the best launch, but it doesn't really matter Massive hair-time!! Now when the trees start to get leaves then the ride will blend in more and more Mmmm, twisty More massive airtime And screwing It do look beautiful, just imagine 10 years from now when the ride is surrounded by trees Especially if they are as close as these ones Through the bushes This hill is one of my favourite airtime moments On Rabalder they were running the course "Coastering 101", Lesson one: Having your hands in the air makes the ride more exciting!! DIVE!! Lisebergbanan lift looking great in the spring weather Did I say this ride had airtime?? But it screws around most of the time This bit here is awesome So is the floater here Really twisty Getting ready for the next speed boost Yay, airtime!! This is definitely one of the signature shots of Helix So while queueing for the second ride on Helix of the day, this happened. Some sensors pushed the ride to shut down, not fun to evacuate the queue when you have been waiting for half an hour (can't imagine those that had been waiting for 1+ hour), it did pose the perfect timing to go and have something to eat But as soon as we saw them testing the ride again, we decided to wait outside the entrance for our second go This is from earlier in the day, almost 2 hours, that's crazy at Liseberg It took some time to get the ride open, but once it did we managed 2 pretty quick rides in succession, on in the back and then at the front, so we ended up really happy Here are some photos of the queue. Most of the floor in the tall part is filled with rocks from the construction, some of them have also some really nice lighting mixed in Even if the queue is pretty long, it's still a pretty nice place to be. It's open on several sides so there is a great airflow through the place, and all of it is covered, so lots of shade and no problem with a rainy day Some small openings for the switch track You can also get some nice views of the underside of the trains through them Snaking around the space Still things to do until it's done Nice detail to watch, the platform gate mechanism Some of the many video screens in the queue, showing simulations of having loose articles with you Skylight More green lit rocks Looking great As we waited for out final go of the day, the sun was setting Nearing our ride at the front <3 When we got out, we caught a glimpse of the opening day fireworks show, but we decided to try and get some dusk images of Helix instead Station looking good In some areas then the streaks made by the lighting packet is really great More Even more As you can see, then it's very dependant of the angle, but it makes for some great effects This one is pretty perfect though So are these two Sexy!! Yay, top-hat goodness And the Zero-g looks great as well To finish this of a pair of night images of the park from the nearby parking structure, we went here for a specific reason, and the result of it will be posted a bit later So until then, hope that you all had as fun reading these updates, as I had making them. Have a great weekend and awesome rides on Helix when you get the chance of riding it!!
  4. ^ Yeah, the Lisebergbanan 2.0 seems like a good judgement on how it all is. It's something I have heard from several people, so it's must be true
  5. ^ yeah I survived, but I didn't like the feeling I got after the first ride. But I feel a lot better now. And the ride I got earlier today was the best one so far. So it's clearly getting better the more they run it. Unfortunately there are some technical difficulties so it have been broken a couple of times today Though I got plenty of images early on so there is plenty of stuff to post tomorrow I really hope that they get it running by tonight so I can get some delicious evening/night shots as well. EDIT: It was shut for 2 hours due to sensors on the brake-runs malfunctioning, but they got it to work, fast enough so that we managed to get another two rides, back and front row. I have to say that it's running even better today than it did on the press day. Can't wait for summer Also got some awesome night shots, but they will be uploaded sometime tomorrow..
  6. I wouldn't trust the accuracy completely, as it looks like the accelerometer was ultra-sensitive. If you check out after the middle of the graph, you can see where the second launch section is. That's a completely straight and smooth bit of track yet the readings there fluctuate a lot. That one is just the raw data from the sensor, it's extremely sensitive and picks up all vibrations. But we are working on it, I'm however stuck at the last hurdle, which is to get the graph smooth, will continue to work with it on Sunday since it's the opening day tomorrow On the meet up discussed earlier: Lisa posted that she will arrange a Projekthelix.se followers meet up tomorrow at 14 at Polketten. I'll be there as well, so if anyone fancy a meet up then why not just go there at the same time, since I'm pretty sure that those going tomorrow have been following that blog as well
  7. Haven't been on either of those but they are really weak on Helix. Probably some of the weakest ones I have been on.
  8. ^ Ouch, you don't really have to go all in in pushing them down, they are a lot easier to push down than Kanonen, so no real need for all the extra pressure. Below is a quick print out of the data from our accelerometer, just the vertical axis. Will do a better one later on, but I have to do some matlab coding first Quick printout of the data from our accelerometer
  9. The second launch feels better in the back since up front it feels like you are slowing down quite a bit until the launch kicks in, in the back there is no lag It's due to that the launch can't start until the train is all on the launch track. On the launch itself, the the speed up is all in the beginning, but since the track is pretty steep and the LSM units will keep the train at the final velocity once it's reached then you don't get any feeling of slowing down until you hit the top-hat.
  10. The glitch were that if you wanted to book a ticket from Gothenburg to Kungsbacka which kost 37 SEK, you could get a ticket via Kopenhagen This gave you 4 or so hours in Kopenhagen, if you wanted to stay longer just get a "return" one (Kungsbacka to Gothenburg) via Kopenhagen again That didn't matter anyway, they really threw themselves at it with all their weight on them, and then after that gave it a quick hard pull to see if they are locked. It's weird, especially if you compare that to Lisebergbanan where they only do a visual inspection and Balder where they just pull in the lap-bar with a fingertip to see that they are locked.
  11. ^ I agree with Simon, too bad that they have fixed their booking system glitch that could have given you a two way ticket for just 37 SEK If you drive up, then I can point you to some great parking close to the park, the free kind
  12. Thanks for the comments!! You hit the nail on the head. Both me and Andreas agrees on this, we are on the same boat, in this matter. Though I have left the boat after my first ride and is starting to enjoy it instead for the damn good ride it is. And as I said, the general public absolutely love it, I have only heard top-marks from all of them. So the review of a bunch of opinionated enthusiasts doesn't really matter at all It's a great family friendly thrill ride (it was actually weird to see all these kids running around in the station on such a major coaster ). Forgot to ad this before. The only complain I have, which is a true complain, not just my own views of the ride. The insane stapling, WHY??? The ride ops really do their best to crush your lower half, not a pleasant feeling if you are a guy, though it can't be nice for girls either. Yes my lap-bar is locked and it's snug, why does it have to be bone-crushingly tight as well?? Especially if it will tighten itself as you go down the first drop anyway. I really hope that they get better at checking restraints once the ride opens..
  13. Helix Press Launch Event Just got back home after a great day out at Liseberg and the press launch event of the new coaster for the 2014 season, Helix!! I have to say that after almost 1.5 years of following the construction of this ride closely that I had some massive expectations of the final product. The expectations were taken down a notch or two when the park released the POV, but they were still pretty high. This close watch over all the phases of the construction of Helix is sort of a curse, and my worst fears came true on my first ride. I left my first ride, which was in the very back row of the second train out of the station, with a feeling of "meh". This bit really frightened me But now when I look back then I have to say that it was a great thing, since all my expectations disappeared in an instant and I could only enjoy the rides more and more as the day progressed. And boy did they rides impress as the day turned to evening Even though everybody raved about the rides in the back, I have to say that I really enjoyed the rides up front or even in the middle of the train very well, but that is most likely an lingering feeling of the first ride. However, the second to last ride in the back car was really something, but the last one in front row was definitely the best ride I had all day on Helix Can't wait to get back for more The train sped up a lot during the day so it will be even better in later in the summer as the temperature rises as well. At the moment there was a clear difference between the trains, one was faster than the other, but that will even out as well when they get some more circuits in them. There are some slight vibrations on the trains, but that is also something that hopefully will dissipate as they are broken in. On the ride itself, then it's a real solid ride for the whole family. It gives you all kinds of great feelings around it's route. The air-time just goes more and more insane as the hills get larger along the ride, the final massive hill is insane, delivering epic never-ending airtime, also don't forget the Dennis Flip which is really great . All the inversions and direction changes though may be a bit too much really, it's get a bit too spinny for me on the first half. I agree with some of the comments about Helix should have had a bit more airtime and maybe less inversions, the balance may have been better that way. No matter what I say above, Helix is still a great ride, a long, smooth ride with a great pacing overall, one that you can ride over and over again and put a massive smile on your face on every ride. It's a real top of the line ride that really delivers, so all of you disregard all your expectations and just enjoy it as the damn good ride it is. And all the non-enthusiasts I spoke with seems to love it so that's really all the praise you need really. What's really amazing, is that this is the 3:rd world class coaster located in an inner-city park in a small north European country, that's got to count for something, Liseberg really knows how to make these things Though I still lean toward Balder as a better ride, but Helix will need some time for it to really grow on me, damn this curse and my expectations A massive thank you to all the people at Liseberg for making this happen, especially Lisa and Andreas for the time they have taken for me and my brother so that we are able to get a lot of these images to share with all of you of the construction of this massive!! Also it was really nice to meet all the great people also invited to the park! To finish this of, here are some images from today, I will go back on Saturday for even more images, so until then!! Enjoy! It's that time of the year, Liseberg Press day!! Some people that may be camping for a front row spot to get into the park?? YAY, Helix!! Nice curves Yup, it's closed today The landscaping have improved massively since the last time I was here, and it's still lot's of things to complete until Saturday Construction HQ is gone Some of the contest winners for the first ride having a go Hmmm, are they testing the queue times for Lisebergbanan? Massive top-hat looking massive Beautiful, give it a few years and it will look even better A nice dive into the Pretzel Never-ending insane airtime here Going up the hill again Hmm, what can make this image look better YAY train!! The middle size hills gives the middle amount of airtime Tight squeeze into second boost section Upside-down floater Back at the backside of the station Still work to be done The essesse Heart-line roll!! More airtime Even more airtime Twisty Tight YAY BALDER!! The Ben&Jerry stand have been added a bit of Helix Now for the actual press launch thingy. Andreas Andersen is doing his speech First train out!! Cool Lighting in the staion This area looks great It's a complete maze Paths everywhere, up and down this space After a few goes we got a ride on Kanonen And Balder, which was running great by the way Andreas Andersen trying to cheer me up Epic skylight is epic The station looks even better at night So does Helix 2 days left until opening!!
  14. After a couple of laps it have gotten better. Clear difference between the trains. Front is definitely better than back in my opinion. Now for some more rides
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