The most German wooden coaster

My home country only has a handful of wooden coasters, most of them are really good ones and I have ridden all of them. We have Colossos at Heide Park, the first Intamin Prefab Woodie, it´s a high speed airtime machine that only stops throwing you out of your seat for a few turns. Closest to where I live is Bandit at Movie Park Germany, the countries oldest operating woodie. It´s a compact, Twister style layout filled with great forces. Even though the park is putting a lot of effort into improving the ride experience, it is by far the roughest one we have. Still a fun coaster for a ride or two when visiting. Next in line are two GCI creations: Wodan at Europa Park and El Toro at Freizeitpark Plohn. Wodan is more in line with what you expect from a GCI: A wild, out of control feeling, a rapid fire combination of small airtime pops and laterals, but it is still unique since it interacts with 2 other rides, dives through multiple short tunnels and a high speed fly through the station. El Toro on the other hand is on a much smaller scale and it stays much lower to the ground to keep the speed up. It focuses a bit more on the airtime with a some longer turns to keep you room to breathe. To my knowledge it is the only GCI coaster that never crosses over itself.

And then there is Mammut at Tripsdrill. This small, internationally fairly unknown ride is really unique because it is the first, and to my knowledge still the only, wooden coaster that was entirely designed and built by German companies. To the surprise of absolutely no one the Designer of Mammut is the world famous engineering company from Werner Stengel. Trains and ride control system are from Gerstlauer, this is also not that unique because even though they offer various steel coaster models of their own, they do offer trains for wooden coasters as a product and they deliver ride control systems for i.e. in-house creations or for modernizing old attractions. And lastly, the actual manufacturer is Cordes Holzbau, a large timber construction company from northern Germany. You might wonder why a seemingly random construction company decided to built a wooden coaster? The answer to lies in both their location and the Intamin Prefab Woodies. Cordes is located very close to Heide Park, only a 45 minute drive by car away they where most likely chosen by Intamin for the Colossos project because Cordes could handle the workload and the nearby location meant that parts could be delivered in a short time. Intamin and Cordes worked together on the next two Prefab Woodies and they did the massive refurbishment on Colossos in 2018.

Even though Mammut is built on a much smaller scale than the Cordes / Intamin Woodies, it still shares some of the qualities the Prefab Model is loved for. It is by far the quietest wooden coaster I ever heard, even many steel coasters make much more noise. This also means that it runs buttery smooth, but during my last rides in 2020 it began to show a bit of the rougher characteristics you expect from a wooden ride, but it was still on the smooth end of the scale. While RCDB claims that Mammut is a Extreme coaster, in reality it is much closer to a Family-Thrill coaster and the perfect introduction to wooden coasters for younger audiences. There are no really high forces on it, airtime is only present on a good day and even then fairly weak and the speed isn´t that high either. And while this might sound like a bad thing, it really isn´t. Mammut is primarily a Family coaster, and given that Tripsdrill really aims to offer something for the entire family, Mammut really delivers on that aspect, Thrill Seekers have other rides in the park to get their fix.

A ride on Mammut starts with a left turn out of the Station and into a show scene that hides the fact that you are going over the transfer track. A small drop and Lift Hill later you go down the left curved first drop into a very highly banked right turn that leads into a airtime hill. On a good day when Mammut is going fast this is your best chance for some airtime when sitting in the back of the train. A very long, sweeping left turn then brings you under the hill you just went over and onto another airtime hill parallel to the lift hill. For the most part this hill usually does nothing. A long left turn turns you towards the lift hill and a right hander passes under it. The rest are a few lower to the ground turns and the finale drops you below station level into a fog filled tunnel with a pop up into the brakes.

With a steeper lift hill and a few more meters added to the overall height this layout has the potential to deliver solid airtime and some forces during the many turns, but as it stands Mammut is, as mentioned above, the perfect introduction to wooden coasters and it fits the

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