Historic Kennywood carousel stripped down for the first time

Posted Friday, May 6, 2005 6:45 PM | Contributed by supermandl

For the first time in its history, the 1926 wooden carousel at Kennywood amusement park was painstakingly disassembled this winter and cleaned. Each piece was numbered before being repaired, painted and reassembled in time for Saturday's opening to the public.

Read more from AP via The Times-Leader.

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Friday, May 6, 2005 7:42 PM
Saturday's Opening? It was open today.......
Friday, May 6, 2005 7:53 PM
Today was Physics Day... technically it was open for educational groups only.
Friday, May 6, 2005 9:59 PM
The carousel looks beautiful. They were still putting it together when I got there for Physics Day. The people working on it and the mechanics didn't take their ride until about mid afternoon. Then I got to ride it at about 4:45. It's as smooth as ever and as beautiful as ever. Kudos to Kennywood and the crew that worked long and hard to restore it over the offseason.
Saturday, May 7, 2005 10:05 AM
My question is, did they repeat the color scheme from the 1975 refurbishment, or did they return it to the original factory colors?
Saturday, May 7, 2005 7:53 PM
Dutchman, if you read the article it tells you that they painted it in colors closely matching the original.
Sunday, May 8, 2005 12:47 PM
Missed that, so we're back to the greens, creams and browns, no more baby blue on the frame? Good! As a side note, did you know that the outside and inside scenery panels are cast reinforced composition plaster mounted on flat wood panels, not carved wood? That's how Wm.H. Dentzel did it. And they are HEAVY!
Monday, May 9, 2005 10:23 AM
rollergator's avatar Garfield's Nightmarish Transformation aside, Kennywood does as good a job retaining their historic feel as ANY park out there...

C'mon, Memorial Day! :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 11:08 PM
Just saw some pics of it, and it looks good!Hopefully it's still running at 5 RPM after the new drive was put in.
Sunday, May 15, 2005 1:54 PM
4 1/2 RPM, same as before, with 2 different time cycles for slow and busy days.

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