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Boy built backyard rollercoaster

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Images-9 Please have this kid contact MAKE – A 14-year-old German boy has been ordered to pull down a 300ft long roller coaster which he built in his backyard. The boy, unnamed due to German privacy laws, from Offenburg built the 16-foot-high wooden construction over the summer holidays. He even designed his own carriage which can reach speeds of up to 30 mph. But local town planning officials say he must pull it down again because he did not ask for planning permission. They say the construction is too large and not built to rollercoaster safety standards. The boy has until mid-September to tear it down if he wants to avoid a fine. Link.

10 thoughts on “Boy built backyard rollercoaster

  1. daveselden says:

    Have you seen the backyard monorail?


  2. alisonfish says:

    My best friend and I tried to do this when we were 5. She insisted we needed a track, I said we just needed cars; we got in a fight, and the project fizzled.

  3. mixter says:

    Here’s a pointer to a German article about the rollercoaster kid that includes some photos. Pretty impressive work:-)

  4. markl54 says:


  5. metatronic says:

    Turns out he’s an apprentice carpenter, to his father, who is a carpenter too.

    There was a similar case about 2000 years ago ;-)

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