Brakemasters

Vuoristorata is operated by the brakemasters, who in addition to braking the train are also responsible for customer safety and other demanding tasks at Vuoristorata. After completing two weeks of training, the new brakemaster receives a number that indicates their place in the brakemaster lineup. The number decreases over the years as new brakemasters are trained and older ones retire; the oldest working brakemaster has the smallest number, and the newest has the biggest number.

Check out season 2024 brakemasters below!

#1 Topi

Topi is a charming, friendly and honest gentleman – that's exactly what a brakeman should be. During his long career, Topi achieved the absolute number one position in the brakemen's hierarchy and will always be a role model for brakemen. Every curve of Vuoristorata forever remembers the cycles driven by the king of Linnanmäki.

Topi worked as a brakeman for 37 seasons during 1975–2011 and his number 1 has been retired to honor Topi's long career as a brakeman.

#2 Taavi

Working as an entrepreneur when not braking, Taavi is currently the oldest working brakemaster and he enjoys the source of eternal youth in the unique atmosphere of Vuoristorata. A man whose feet are rooted in the train can cruise up to 180 cycles during a high season day!

Taavi started as a brakemaster in 1999 and in other position at Linnanmäki in 1997.

#3 Marko

Marko, or more familiarly Mauge, represents the more experienced end of the brakemaster work community. Marko, who originally started working in Linnanmäki in the games department, works as the shift manager of the hotel reception during the off-season. The father of three has a firm and confident grip on his work, not forgetting humor. In the work community Marko preserves the traditions of brakemasters and always welcomes new brakemasters in his own special way!

Marko started as a brakemaster in 2004 and in other position at Linnanmäki in 2000.

#4 Teemu

A captivating brakemaster seasoned with humor and hair. This customer serving ice hockey enthusiast is studying sosiology, and knows how to pay attention and has the ability to take everyone into account.

Teemu started as a brakemaster in 2010 and in other position at Linnanmäki in 2007.

#5 Gert

Gert, who studies food sciences at the university and enjoys sailing in his free time, has been the main instructor and mentor for the new brakemasters for years and is an important backbone of the work community!

Gert started as a brakemaster in 2012 and in other position at Linnanmäki in 2009.

#6 Matias

This sound engineer is also an amusement park encyclopedia. Matias knows Vuoristorata like the back of his hand and he is also a preserver of the history of Vuoristorata and a respecter of its traditions. Aside from braking the train, Matias enjoys music, movies and cycling.

Matias started as a brakemaster in 2013 and in other position at Linnanmäki in 2010.

#7 Waltteri

The joy pill of the brakemaster gang that brings real fun to every workday! Waltteri, who enjoys being with people, is studying to be a teacher, and jumps from the school bench to the back of the roller coaster train for the summer!

Waltteri started as a brakemaster and in other position at Linnanmäki in 2013.

#8 Panu

Mechanical engineer Panu brings young enthusiasm and energy to Vuoristorata, and always works with calm and assertive attitude.

Panu started as a brakemaster in 2017 and in other position at Linnanmäki in 2015.

#9 Riku

An exemplary and humble youthful brakemaster who has excellent customer serving skills. Riku has strength for long shifts, and maintains his smiling attitude through laborious high season days.

Riku started as a brakemaster in 2016 and in other position at Linnanmäki in 2015.

#10 Ilpo

A calm and joking gentleman who takes both colleagues and clients into account in his work. Ilpo's polite and cheerful smile lasts for the whole day and he brings joy to the day of others with his positive attitude. When studying at the university and at work, Ilpo maintains humble passion and motivation. In addition to braking, Ilpo loves skateboarding and headstanding.

Ilpo started as a brakemaster in 2019 and in other position at Linnanmäki in 2015.

#11 Anna

Anna is the second female brakemaster in the history of Vuoristorata. Anna has at least as much will, determination and torque as Vuoristorata's lift hill motor, and more energy and tenacy than Little My. This avid ice hockey player works as a sports advisor and a coach.

Anna started as a brakemaster in 2019 and in other position at Linnanmäki in 2018.

#12 Isak

Isak is a polite young man who works with high motivation and a humble customer service attitude. Isak, who is a cheerful fellow, studies computer sciences, enjoys music and also does DJ gigs in his spare time.

Isak started as a brakemaster in 2020 and in other position at Linnanmäki in 2017.

#13 Matias jr.

This tall lad brings a lot of help to the jobs that require strength! A polite and cheerful gentleman who does his job with a professional touch. A man who works as a pharmacist and enjoys the gym always brings a sensitive smile to the work community.

Matias jr. started as a brakemaster in 2020 and in other position at Linnanmäki in 2016.

#14 Samuel

Samuel handles the demanding task of the brakemaster with confidence: he is a calm observer with a charisma that exudes a unique determination. This tattooed heart melter has Vuoristorata's many situations under control, whether he's loading trains on the platform or braking at the back of the train. In his spare time, Samuel enjoys the company of his friends, working out and metal music.

Samuel started as a brakemaster in 2022 and in other position at Linnanmäki in 2017.

#15 Joni

Joni is a fun and sunny person who draws his energy from joking around and brightening up his coworkers' days at the same time. Cheerful and charming Joni treats every customer with a unique approach. With ten years of basketball background, Joni keeps the ball in control in Vuoristorata's work tasks and never lets go, even in the busiest moments. When he's not at Vuoristorata, you can spot Joni working out and participating in student events as he studies to become a business graduate.

Joni started as a brakemaster in 2023 and in other position at Linnanmäki in 2022.

#16 Julius

Julius embodies kindness and understanding in his everyday work. Julius performs his duties brilliantly both when braking the train and serving customers at the gate. In his spare time, this laid-back brakemaster with a football and boxing background can be found spending time with friends or camping in the heart of nature.

Julius started as a brakemaster in 2023 and in other position at Linnanmäki in 2020.

#17 Taru

Taru is an energetic cheerleader who manages to keep a smile on her face through the long days of the season. Taru, who excels at the duties of a doorperson, handles even challenging customer situations firmly and professionally. When driving, she is a brakemaster with real safety hands who strives for perfect laps and makes ascending to Brunila curve an art. Cheerful and sporty, Taru is in her element at Vuoristorata, and in her free time she can be found in the company of animals, studying or playing sports.

Taru started as a brakemaster in 2023 and in other position at Linnanmäki in 2022.

#18 Elias

Elias, the first student of the season 2024, has enthusiastically started working as a brakemaster and familiarizing himself with the everyday life of Vuoristorata. 

Elias started as a brakemaster in 2024 and in other position at Linnanmäki in 2019.