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Dreamland, Margate Discussion Thread

Postby verticalzero » Sun Jun 17, 2007 12:46 am

Hey everybody!

This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Dreamland, Margate UK, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.

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Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!

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2008
Apr. 7th, 2008 - Margate Scenic Railway Fire
Apr. 9th, 2008 - Aeriel view of fire damage

2009
Nov. 16th, 2009 - Dreamland gets huge government grant, will restore Scenic Railway
Dec. 7th, 2009 - New Director Announced


2010
April 19th, 2010 - Management aims to open park in 2012
April 26th, 2010 - Taxpayers may front £4 million to open Dreamland
April 30th, 2010 - £4 million pledge confirmed for Dreamland development

2011
February 18th, 2011 - Opening delayed until 2013
November 22nd, 2011 - Dreamland given £3 million grant for wooden coaster

2012
January 9th, 2012 - Conflicting visions put park's future up in air
January 17th, 2012 - Dreamland plans to save tons of old UK attractions
December 23rd, 2012 - Dreamland appeal hearing set for March 2013

2014
September 11th, 2014 - Work on Scenic Railway to begin next week

2015
April 13, 2015 - Scenic Railway Construction and Aeriel Photos
June 19th, 2015 - Dreamland re-opens, work still being done on Scenic Railway

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"Margate's unique selling point is the iconic Scenic Railway - so where better in the UK to put the world's first heritage amusement park than next to the UK's most famous piece of amusement park heritage?"

Link and pic of the site: http://www.savedreamland.co.uk/
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Postby Fallen Heretic » Sun Jun 17, 2007 4:36 pm

Strange, I was just thinking the other week how I would like to see an amusement park museum with classic rides of yesteryear.

I do hope this gets off the ground. It could be like a living history museum, they could get the staff to wear period clothing. That would be fun, and something a little bit different to visit rather than the usual theme and amusement parks.
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Postby Shavethewhales » Sun Jun 17, 2007 5:38 pm

This sounds great to me, I was beginning to wonder what ever happened to the Scenic Railway. Most park support groups make a little noise and are inevitable bowled over when the park finally dies, but this group really managed to accomplish something.

Are they saving Southport's old wooden mouse?

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Postby verticalzero » Mon Jun 18, 2007 8:30 am

Yes the Wild Mouse is getting saved (that if it does not do a Runaway Coaster 1st, get torn down with no notice) is NO: 5 on the Map.

Last time I visisted Margate when was "Benbon Brothers" were looking after the park.
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Postby verticalzero » Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:23 pm

Added a picture of the site.
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Postby Shavethewhales » Mon Jun 18, 2007 1:13 pm

Was #26 the side-friction coaster from Rotunda? Awful what happened to it, would they consider building a replica?

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Postby EmBy » Mon Jun 18, 2007 1:58 pm

Wow this will be amazing if it gets the go ahead, the UK needs something like this especially with parks shutting down.

Do you know will they be getting the Water Chute from Rhyl Ocean Beach? I heard this park will be closing in the Autumn to make way for re-development.
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Postby BorisTF » Tue Jun 19, 2007 5:42 am

Whilst its a nice idea, I don't see it working too well...a heritage park just doesn't have impact the site would need in my opinion.

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Postby verticalzero » Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:20 am

This is what happened to the "Runaway Coaster" at Rotunda.

The classic 1920's side friction portable "woodie" was being destroyed as of yesterday afternoon. I believe it was one of the last remaining attractions left on the former Rotunda Amusement Park site at Folkestone, Kent (England, UK).

Apparently Nick Laister of the Save Dreamland Campaign had been in communication with the park owners to remove the ride from the park to place into storage. All very sad I think, and this now leaves only "Leap The Dips" in the US as a final example of an apparently very common coaster of this type in the 1920's era.

I read this particular one was found in a field in Holland before it was shipped to Folkestone to be refurbished for its new patrons for the 1997 season.

See www.savedreamland.co.uk forums for more info and the quite depressing pictures. I can't believe we seem to be hell- bent on destroying such historic rides at present. So close on the heels of the Cyclone too.

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According to nick laister of save dreamland the following rides are being put in storage in margate-ksm:

River caves,catterpillar,skyride,haunted swing,astro swirl,remaining parts inside the funhouse and the ghost train workings electrics and cars-the haunted inn has asbestos and cannot be moved
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Postby martynlfc » Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:37 am

A load of rides from Southport are going here and the Turtle Chase from Blackpool and i wish them every success with this. Il probably go shortly after its opening. Hope it does well :)

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