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Lost Island Theme Park
Location Waterloo, Iowa, USA
Park section Yuta Earth Tribe
Status Standing but not operating, expected to open 2022
Liseberg
Name Kanonen
Location Gothenburg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
Operated April 23, 2005 to December 30, 2016
Cost 50,000,000SEK ($6,775,000USD)
Height restriction 55 inches (140 cm)
Replaced by Valkyria
Statistics
Manufacturer Intamin
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Launched
Product Accelerator Coaster
Riders per train 16
Hourly capacity 930
Propulsion Hydraulic launch
Height 79 feet
Top speed 46.6 mph
Length 1444 feet
Inversions 2
Drop angle 90°
Duration 0:50
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This article is for a launched roller coaster currently under construction at Lost Island Theme Park in Waterloo, Iowa, USA. It was formerly located at Liseberg in Gothenburg, Västra Götaland, Sweden and named Kanonen from 2005 to 2016. The ride was manufactured by Intamin and on-site construction was handled by RCS GmbH when the ride was located at Liseberg.

History

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In 2002, Liseberg's only inverting roller coaster HangOver (a Vekoma Invertigo installation) was removed to make room for the park's new ride Balder. The park contacted many manufacturers to build them a new looping coaster, with the winning bid coming from Swiss company Intamin. Lars-Erik Hedin, technical director of Liseberg cited "good experiences with Balder, also made by Intamin, as one of the reasons the product was chosen.[1]

Kanonen opened on April 23, 2005 at Liseberg.

In September 2016, Liseberg announced that Kanonen was to be removed in order to make way for Valkyria, a Bolliger & Mabillard Dive Coaster.

Kanonen closed on December 30, 2016 at Liseberg. According to Interlink, the ride was sold to an unknown theme park. In July 2018, it was confirmed by the European Coaster Club's First Drop magazine that Lost Island Water Park in Iowa had purchased the ride. However, Lost Island later confirmed that despite their acquisition of Kanonen, they have no plans to rebuild the ride. Later, Kanonen's layout was shown in their concept art renderings for Lost Island's future Theme Park, indicating that they just might be building it contrary to previous statements.

Now, currently in 2021, the coaster has been reconstructed in Waterloo, Iowa, United States, at the Lost Island Theme Park, which is still under construction. The ride is painted a bright lime green, and is currently SBNO. The theme park is scheduled to open next summer in 2022.[2]

Design

Elements
The train going over the top hat element while at Liseberg.

The ride sat on a compact footprint while at Liseberg, and was built on top of its maintenance buildings.

Layout

The train was accelerated to 46.6 mph straight out of the station, and into a 78.7 feet high top hat element. This was immediately followed by an airtime hill and a 65.6 feet high vertical loop, and a highly banked turnaround. The train then passed through a barrel roll (which threaded the loop) before entering the brake run.

Trains

2 trains with 4 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 16 riders per train.

Rollbacks

As with many launched roller coasters, Kanonen suffered from rollbacks when the train did not gain enough momentum on the launch track in order to make it over the top-hat and rolled down backwards. Magnetic brakes along the launch track slowed the train down safely when this happened. Rollbacks usually only happen if it is windy or the track is wet, but other factors can affect the launching system.

On June 8, 2009, the right conditions meant that a train with 14 riders got balanced at the top of the top hat.[3]

References

External links

  • Unknown on the Roller Coaster DataBase.