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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?"
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.
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.
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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