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Big Loop

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roller coaster
Big Loop
Big Loop (Heide Park) train leaving loop.jpg
A train leaving the second vertical loop in 2009.
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Heide Park
Location Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany
Park section Bucht der Totenkopfpiraten
Status Operating since 1983
Height restriction 120 cm (47 inches)
Statistics
Manufacturer Vekoma
Type Steel
Model / product Custom MK-1200
Riders per train 24
Hourly capacity 1200
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height98.4 feet
Top speed39.2 mph
Length2,316.3 feet
Inversions4
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Big Loop is a steel roller coaster located at Heide Park in Sotau, Lower Saxony, Germany. Opened in 1983, it was the first coaster to be built at the park.

History[edit | edit source]

The coaster is the first custom layout designed by Dutch company Vekoma.

Design[edit | edit source]

Elements

Big Loop has a simple layout, with 4 inversions and a helix.

Ride experience[edit | edit source]

After turning right out of the station, the train climbs the chain lift hill. Riders are then dropped into back-to-back vertical loops, and a banked right-turn around. Then a double corkscrew follows, leading into the mid-course brake run. Then, a helix to the right follows, eventually leading back to the station.

Trains[edit | edit source]

The old Arrow cars in 2010 after being removed.

6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.

Big Loop originally used trains built by Arrow Dynamics. For the 2010 season, these were replaced with Vekoma rolling stock from the defunct Corkscrew at Alton Towers in Alton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Confusion[edit | edit source]

Big Loop is often mistaken to be much bigger than it really is; this is because a larger Vekoma SLC with the same colour scheme stands behind it.