|Opening date||July 13, 1951|
48,000,000 FIM (1951);|
1,550,000 EUR (in 2017 euros, inflation-adjusted)
|Lift/launch system||Cable lift hill|
|Height||75.2 ft (22.9 m)|
|Drop||75 ft (23 m)|
|Length||3,149.7 ft (960.0 m)|
|Speed||37.3 mph (60.0 km/h)|
|Capacity||1500 riders per hour|
Vuoristorata at RCDB|
Pictures of Vuoristorata at RCDB
Vuoristorata is a roller coaster in the Finnish amusement park Linnanmäki. It was opened on July 13, 1951 and was originally designed as a temporary attraction for the Linnanmäki park, opened in 1950. One of the main reasons for its construction was to attract tourists of the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. Since then, its temporary status was renewed for extended periods, until eventually it was regarded as a permanent structure.
Since 1951, Vuoristorata has been the most popular ride at Linnanmäki every year. It is the most legendary amusement ride in Finland, and a symbol of the Linnanmäki park; even the old park logo had a shape representing the climbs and descents of Vuoristorata. "Vuoristorata" is simply "roller coaster" in Finnish (literally: vuoristo = mountain range, rata = track; mountain range track). Vuoristorata has never had a name differing from the general word used for roller coaster rides.
Vuoristorata is also notable for its features. It is actually a copy of another roller coaster, Rutschebanen opened in 1932, in Dyrehavsbakken, Denmark. Valdemar Lebeck, the man who designed both of these tracks (and a few others), simply took the original blueprints of Rutschebanen, which had been downscaled due to changes in location, and designed Vuoristorata. Back in the 1950s, Rutschebanen and Vuoristorata were the two tallest roller coasters in Europe. Furthermore, Vuoristorata is the last built roller coaster in the world to use side friction technology.
Vuoristorata is still operated by brakemen – as Rutschebanen on Dyrehavsbakken was until the end of the 2009 season, as well as a handful of other roller coasters around Europe and one in Australia.
Vuoristorata has been carefully maintained throughout the years. Apart from the cars, nothing remains of the original structure. All the wooden parts have been replaced at least five times. The subsequent restorations have been done while carefully maintaining the original layout; all the wooden parts are replacements but are consistent with the coaster's original design and character.
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