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Corkscrew with bayerncurve

An overview of the installation at Alton Towers.
View of the top of the lift hill.

Corkscrew with bayerncurve is the name of the first roller coaster model by Dutch firm Vekoma. There have been eight installations, four of which are still operating.

History[edit]

The first Corkscrew with bayerncurve model was Super Wirbel at Holiday Park in Germany. It was also the first inverting roller coaster in Germany, one of the first in Europe and the first roller coaster by Vekoma.

In the mid-nineties, Corkscrew at Alton Towers received new trains from Vekoma. On Super Wirbel, Vekoma replaced the train bodies for the 2003 season. For the 2009 season, Corkscrew at Genting Theme Park also received new trains of a more modern style from Vekoma.

Tornado at Walibi Belgium was the first installation to be scrapped. It closed in 2002 and was demolished in January 2006 after attempts to sell it were unsuccessful.

The double inversion of Corkscrew at Alton Towers was kept and erected at the park entrance.

The installation at Alton Towers closed after the 2008 season. The double corkscrew element was kept and placed at the park entrance. This practice was repeated at Holiday Park. After the closure of Super Wirbel, the double corkscrew element was placed at the entrance to Sky Scream, Super Wirbel's successor.

Design[edit]

An original Arrow train.

The main element of the model is the double corkscrew which inverts riders twice. The model also features a "bayerncurve" which is essentially a helix which moves up and down.

Trains[edit]

All installations opened with trains built by Arrow Dynamics. They had the following layout:

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

Installations[edit]

There have been eight installations, four of which remain operating.

Name Amusement park Location Opened Status
Apocalypse
Formerly Corkscrew
Formerly Corkscrew
Lunapark
Flamingo Land
Spanish City Amusement Park
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Agde, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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Malton, Yorkshire, England, UK
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Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear, England, UK
June 22, 2012
1983
1980 - 1981
Operating
Closed 2011
Closed 1980 - 1982
Corkscrew Alton Towers
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Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK
April 4, 1980 Closed November 9, 2008
Corkscrew
Formerly Time Twister
Formerly Super Spirale
Genting Theme Park
Jolly Rodger Amusement Park
Movie Park Germany
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Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia
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Ocean City, Maryland, USA
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Bottrop, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
1994 - 1997
1987
September 1979
Closed August 31, 2013
Closed 1993
Closed 1986
Corkscrew
Formerly Screamer
Playland
Boblo Island
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
1994
1985
Operating
Closed 1993
Star Mountain
Formerly Corkscrew
Beto Carrero World
Ital Park
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Penha, Santa Catarina, Brazil
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Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Unknown
1981
Operating
Closed November 11, 1990
Super Manège La Ronde
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Montréal, Québec, Canada
1981 Operating
Super Wirbel Holiday Park
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Hassloch, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
1979 Closed October 31, 2013
Tornado Walibi Belgium
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Wavre, Walloon Brabant, Belgium
1979 Closed 2002

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