First of all I would like to really thank the people at Liseberg for creating this opportunity for many of us that are interested in the Helix construction. I have to say that there were a lot more people there than I expected, which was really nice to see. We got access to all the "safe" areas since there were lot's of work going on at all sites, so there are a few spots where I can't give any close up images. But it still easily beats standing on top of a hill/parking structure trying to any great details. We were fortunate to see the top of the second corkscrew were installed, so the track work is progressing nicely, just a few pieces left until the whole section from the drop out of the station to the turn after the second corkscrew is completed. There were still many footers being worked on, so there is plenty of stuff to do before all the track can be put into place. Also, this day marked a big step in the landscaping of the ride where the first 2 out of 200 trees were planted, all these trees will insure that the hill will become as dense and lush as it have before which will make the ride on Helix/Lisebergbanan a real treat. These trees aren't perfect ones (straight and symmetrical) but are allowed to grow as they like to increase the natural look of the area. Getting 2:nd rate trees also allowed Liseberg to get a massive rebate when purchasing them, which is always a plus since those funds can be used to get more themeing, landscaping, etc.
Now onto the images!! First up a few from the hill across the highway, then images from the visit and then finally another massive panorama for you all to explore at home
Second corkscrew is getting it's upside down part
Second launch getting even more work
Now into the park we go, several people have eagerly gathered outside to have a sneak peak of Helix
My first close encounter of Helix apart from petting some supports through the fence of the staging area
Mmmm, can't wait
Getting close where you will be propelled up to 80 Km/h
First you will drop down this slope (they have rotated the supports I noted in the earlier pictures Liseberg posted on their blog :) )
Then you go into these nice looking twisty bit
Shoot across the path
Fly by the freshly planted trees
Tightly sneaking past these old ones
2:nd old tree passage
This is the end of the Helix teaser since..
..once you hit these there is no turning back
After the first launch there is a tight passage over the escalator..
..and into the second corkscrew
It's really funny to see how many variations there are on the track on Helix, this one it a bit strange compared to the other ones
Atmosfear still dominates Liseberg. Note, there will be a third web-cam coming on-line soon giving a birds eye view of big parts of the building site from the top of Atmosfear <3
This area looks great with Helix zooming past overhead
Soon to be completed first corkscrew
Some winter theming is going in
Work is well under way for the massive structure that will be underground to support the Pretzel-loop
Several supports for the turnaround that will get you to the in-line area
They will fix Lisebergbanan once they start work on the Helix footers here
Helix will completely dominate this area, towering 15 meters above Uppswinget which is in itself 20 meters tall
More Corkscrew action
Second launch looking tall
More footers at the Helix helix
Somewhere between the zero-g and the helix
Helix will dive underneath Lisebergbanan at these brakes and dive into it's helix
Also behind (where the people are standing) there is the famous super tight passage into the second launch. Liseberg are confident that it will all fit, but there are still some doubts and we don't really know until the track is installed here
Looking back on the Lisebergbanan passage
Then we did a little excursion to the staging area, and had a look inside
Just a few more pieces here, they really need to get more deliveries to keep on working
This piece will go right before the second launch, by the look of these brackets for the cat-walks
Mr Crane looking tall
Really hard to know where this piece will go, but I would guess it may be a part of the s-turns before the in-line
Second launch are going to be epic
Another support, this time for Flume Ride, have been removed so that the work on Helix can progress
Tight hole from the other direction
Balders says hi!!
Some Reindeer's are living underneath Liseberbanan now before winter, really strange really, must have something to do with the Christmas season that starts this firday
Footers are well under way here
Mmmmm, In-line twist
Can't wait to go spinning out of control through here
Some more new footers
Some that are getting ready to pour
Lot's of work still left to do in this area
With the future maintenance area next to it, it will be situated onto of all these poles to the left
Final footer before you are back into the station
The Liseberg wheel looking wicked at night
And with this image we near the end of this update. A massive Thank You!! to Liseberg that made this all possible I would love to come back sometime to have another look soon :)
But until the next update, you all have a great time!!
Excellent update Loefet! Been waiting all day long for this and I'm satisfied Can't wait to enter the park and see the train swosh down that turn after the first corkscrew. Colours of the support and track looks very fitting with the surrounding area and Liseberg's colour palette.
So, I live about 30 km away from liseberg and this "see-helix-day" happens to be the day I am spending in italy.. A huge thank you from a hotel room to loefet for covering this and to liseberg for creating the opportunity!
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