Genie booms help build 79m-high rollercoaster

A Genie SX-180 and an S-85 have been used to support construction of one of Europe’s highest rollercoasters, ‘The Oath of Kaernan’

Two Genie booms were used in the construction of Europe’s third-highest rollercoasters, ‘The Oath of Kaernan’.
Two Genie booms were used in the construction of Europe’s third-highest rollercoasters, ‘The Oath of Kaernan’.

Genie telescopic booms were chosen to support the construction of one of Europe’s highest rollercoasters.

‘The Oath of Kaernan’, located within Germany’s Hansa-Park, has become one of Europe’s three largest theme-park rides, with its main tower standing 79m tall.

A Genie SX-180 and an S85 were needed to erect and bolt the ride’s steel framework and tracks in time for its grand opening in July 2015.

Commenting on the ride’s construction, Hansa-Park’s Cristoph Andreas Leicht, said: “In our activity, safety comes first, which is why we are only confident with professionals we can trust. This is the case for the ride’s constructors and project managers, Gerslauter, as well as for access equipment providers, Rieckermann, with whom we have an excellent, long-standing relationship.”

Designed and built by amusement-ride manufacturer, Gerslauer Amusement Rides, The Oath of Kaernan’s lifthill reaches a height of 73m. Perched atop 200 steel pillars, its rails reach 57m. During the course of the three-and-a-half-minute ride – which runs a course of approximately 1,235m, passengers reach speeds of 127km/h.

Franz Maier, project manager at Gerstlauer, said: “The elevated nature of the construction means that we have to contend with working literally among a growing forest of pillars and overhead beams. In these conditions, to stay focused on their task, our operators require boom lifts that are both extremely stable and easy to manoeuvre.”

Offering a maximum working height of 57m and a maximum outreach of 24.4m, the SX-180 is the largest self-propelled boom manufactured by Genie. For duties on the lower portion of the ride’s framework, Rieckermann supplied a Genie S-85 lift, which boasts a working height of 28m and a horizontal reach of 23.32m.

Both units are able to be driven whilst fully extended, which also proved valuable to the Gerslauer team, according to Maier.

“Added to their fast telescoping speeds, their full-height drive saved our team a great deal of time, which made all the difference on this project,” he explained. “The SX-180 boom lift’s 340kg platform capacity was also an advantage that provided sufficient space for two of our operators to work comfortably with their heavy 50Nm wrenches, chain hoists, and between 30kg and 50kg of additional material.

“This kind of project is particularly challenging and, since much of the job involves working at extreme heights for weeks on end, confidence is a key factor. For our team, the S-85 and SX-180 lifts certainly proved their value in more ways than one,” Maier concluded.\

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