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Fantastic old coaster footage/pics

Discussion in 'General Discussions & Opinions' started by furie, May 9, 2009.

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  1. roomraider

    roomraider Best Topic Starter 2016 CF Award Winner 2016

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    Going back to some from my own collection here are some images of the British Empire Exhibition which took place at Wembley stadium between 1924 and 1925.
    I shall start with the pictures from my collection.

    The exhibition featured 3 roller coasters.
    The first was a large Scenic Railway type ride without any actual Scenery like many of its contemporaries. Called oddly enough the Gigantic Scenic Railway. The ride like the Margate Scenic Railway Featured 2 side by side lifts but slightly varying layuts on each loop round.
    Gigantic Scenic Railway London.jpg
    Next door to this ride was the Grand National (also known as the Giant Switchback it seems). This ride doesnt appear to have been a Switchback in the traditional sense but more just a large wooden coaster with a more elongated layout than the nearby Gigantic Scenic Railway. Giant Switchback.jpg
    Wembley Grand National.jpg

    In a seperate amusement section to the North of the site sat The Racer. A large Scenic Railway coaster that featured two side by side tracks. That as the name suggests raced.
    Racer at Wembley.jpg
    British Pathe has some good footage of this ride running in this video at 13mins 44seconds


    Using a couple of images which are not in my collection and I found online I mapped out the locations with a map of the Exhibition. The oddly shaped India Pavillion in the middle there was really handy :)
    Green = The Racer
    Red = The Grand National
    Blue = The Gigantic Switchback
    Wembely Locations.jpg
    On a non coaster front you can see a reference in one of those images to the Never Stop Railway. This was a really weird railway design that used rotating tubes with a spiral thread which propelled the train along its course. The thread is variable in its length so when the thread is more compact the train runs slower through stations and then when the thread is stretched out the train runs more quickly. Allowing the train to change speed without changing the speed of rotation of the tubes. Ingenious if not too efficient I imagine.

    There is another great video from British Pathe of this running here.
     
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    Hixee Moderator Staff Member Moderator CF Award Winner 2016

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    As a piece of engineering that is :emoji_zipper_mouth:ing magnificent!

    Horribly inefficient, I bet, but damn it's smart.
     
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    I was trying last week (through the medium of twitter) to get the ECC to post some of their Nemesis construction pics somewhere ( towerstimes has a good gallery as well if you like that sort of thing ; HERE )
    Anyway, they might have listened a little bit...


    Especially like the overview one with Thunderlooper & Beast in the background
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    EDIT ; this is what they posted last week;
     
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    Yes just about.
     
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    It's so strange to see all the track and supports just lying on the grass like that. Great to get a look at what Forbidden Valley (Thunder Valley at the time?) looked like back during Nemesis' construction!
    Also interesting that the original Nemesis monster station doesn't look at good as it does now, after all that Towers Loving Care! :)
     

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