Britain's last moving staircase amusement ride closes

Posted Friday, April 1, 2005 8:07 AM | Contributed by Reidef

Inspectors say a ride at Felixstowe's funfair is no longer a fairground attraction. The inspectors have closed the "cake walk" in the Crazy House after 72 years of operation because it does not meet current safety regulations, despite never having an accident.

Read more from The Evening Star.

Friday, April 1, 2005 9:18 AM
I'm not sure I understand what a "moving staircase" ride is. Makes me wonder what the safety inspectors think of Blackpool's "Noah's Ark" ride. Talk about not handicap-accessible!
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Friday, April 1, 2005 9:48 AM
Well, ADA stands for "Americans with Disabilities Act", so I don't think that's applicable...;)

Even in the States, the ride probably would be *grandfathered in* and bypass CURRENT safety regs....like Clementon's JackRabbit, which operated under "the law at the time it was built", until the accident forced a temporary closure....at which time it had to either meet current regs, or close...

One more piece of Amusement history down....:(

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Friday, April 1, 2005 11:20 AM
England still has the best fun houses around. I saw things over there in 1996 that I've never seen here in the states. Spinning turntables that fling people, vertical drop slides, and that crazy wood slat conveyer with the small humps that you slide onto at the old Dreamland Park. What fun!

Besides, in a country where Togada's still operate continuously, I find this hard to believe that a moving staircase is closing.....

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Friday, April 1, 2005 12:53 PM
Headline reads "last moving staircase", but that's not what it says in the article. They refer to it as a moving walkway. As far as I know there is still a moving staircase in the funhouse at Southport Pleasure Beach.
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Friday, April 1, 2005 1:59 PM
I recall those Cakewalk Fun Houses when I was growing up in the early 60's. The moving walkway where every other step moved in a different direction from left to right, sudden disappearance of the hard floor into a foam one where you sunk to your calves, swaying/moving bridges, and a spinning tunnel at the exit..not around a bridge or walkway, either. You had to step forward and sideways to keep up with the spinning. And most of these tricks were navigated in pitch darkness.

The fun houses of today can't hold a candle to the Cakewalk.

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Friday, April 1, 2005 5:49 PM
Just another example of how lawyers are taking the fun out of everything. I mean come on, the thing has been there for 72 years without an accident.
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Friday, April 1, 2005 11:46 PM
Southport Pleasureland funhouse=a whole lotta fun.
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Saturday, April 2, 2005 3:24 AM
The Fun House at Blackpool Pleasure Beach was a great way to still have fun at the park after you ran out of money lol I have many dizzying memories of the spinning contraptions, giant barrel and vertical slides - friction burns anyone? :)


-Jimvy!

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Tuesday, April 5, 2005 10:50 AM
Like you REALLY got those at the funhouse Jim! ;)
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Wednesday, April 6, 2005 4:38 AM
LOL, that's my story and I'm sticking to it Bill ;)
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