Arriving this summer, I was surprised to see the Playland racer no longer moved forward and backward, but instead, all horses were fixed in place in the center of their respective troughs. They still went up and down, but the "racing" concept was lost. When was this done and why? I know when the PBS documentary "great Old Amusement Parks" filmed there in 1999 the horses still moved forward and backward as well as up and down.
IIRC, something happened last season where the ride had to run *sans racing*...apparently that didn't get fixed over the '05-'06 offseason... :-/
On a positive note (-ish), I did get on CP's Derby Racer, and while it's quite *tamed* in comparison, it remains a ride I *must* do every visit to CP.
edit: "great Old Amusement parks" is, well, GREAT! :)
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It's a shame there were only 4 or 5 of these rides built anywhere... But what another great rides Knobels could build from scratch if they wanted to...
While visiting the Herschell Carousel Museum in Niagra Falls a couple of years back, I was informed that their regular two row carousels were capable of 27mph but osha has a limit of 7mph and most operate at about 4mph.
The carousel was originally created for swordsman and joust practice. The goal was to spear a ring while in motion. The ring dispenser was placed at several different elevations for practice.
A far cry from todays grab the ring, Still quite interesting.
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