A Tribute to Tradition
This was a significant and interesting project on many levels. The repair and rebuild of Britain’s oldest roller coaster and a much loved local landmark saw us overcome the potential conflict of faithfully recreating the look and feel of an original 1920’s rollercoaster, whilst adhering to current regulations.
For example, we added permanent magnet brakes to the train, installed a safety system as part of the control system and even increased the height of the train sides to restrict passenger movement during the ride. We added lap bars and seat belts and in keeping with the 1920’s original, included a ride-along brakeman, although the ride runs without human intervention, slowing automatically as required.
Gathering the necessary information in order to recreate this ride used a combination of 21st century processes such as 3D scanning as well as our team’s significant expertise as they interpreted old photos to develop the track plan and elevations and calculate the dynamics of the ride.