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Monday, 27 July 2010
|Former Scenic Railway
brakeman and long-term Save Dreamland campaigner Dave Collard is
embarking on another rollercoaster ride. But the difference is that this
time he’ll be NAKED!
Dave will be taking part in an attempt
to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of people riding
a rollercoaster naked, whilst also raising funds for charity.
The existing record is 32 people, and
was set on Nemesis at Alton Towers back in 2004.
The attempt – involving 40 people -
will be on the Green Scream rollercoaster at Adventure Island on Sunday
8th August. The aim is to raise awareness and funds for the Southend
Hospital Charitable Foundation's Bosom Pals appeal.
This appeal hopes to raise £750,000 to
bring state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic equipment to the
Hospital's breast care unit. In addition to providing two digital
mammography machines, the appeal will also fund the latest x-ray and
biopsy equipment, enhancements to scanning machines and an improved
environment for patients.
“My target is to raise £300, and every
couple of pounds pledged really helps,” says Dave. “I’m also hoping that
one day in the not too distant future we’ll be able to stage a new
record attempt on the rebuilt Scenic Railway!”
To support Dave please go to
Right: Man of mystery. Dave Collard
reveals all in Southend in August!
Saturday, 10 July 2010
Latest Dreamland Trust
newsletter available for download
Issue 4 of the
Dreamland Trust Newsletter
is now available to download. This provides an update on work on the
Dreamland Margate project. This was sent by email a few days ago to all those
who have signed up for the Campaign. If you would like to get a copy of the
newsletter before it appears on this website, please join our
News of the American Coaster
Enthusiasts' donation towards the repairs of the Scenic Railway was
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
acquires unique Big Wheel
|The Dreamland Trust has
acquired the famous Southsea Corbiére Wheel. Built in 1956, it operated
initially at Coney Beach Amusement Park in Porthcawl before moving to
Southsea's Clarence Pier Amusement Park, where it spent most of its
life. It was acquired by Blackpool Illuminations Manager Richard Ryan in
2001, who restored it, and it then spent 2005 and 2006 operating at
Southport's Pleasureland. Following the closure of Pleasureland, the
ride went into storage in Blackpool.
Following three years of discussions
between Richard Ryan and Dreamland Trust Chairman Nick Laister, the deal
was finally done earlier this year. The inspection and transport of the
ride was organised by Jonathan Bryant and Bob Preedy of the Dreamland
The wheel was designed by Henri
Corbiére, a French engineer, and built by ARM (UK) LTD. The design was
state of the art at the time. The design was probably the first to have
'spherical motion' i.e. the whole wheel revolves around its base as well
as the normal vertical plane, such that the gondolas travel in a gentle spiral path describing
a sphere through space. This concept required new thinking in respect to
the design and construction of the wheel.
Above: The unique Corbiere Wheel
pictured at Southport Pleasureland in 2005.
made its way from Blackpool, via four lorries, and was delivered to
Carter's Steam Fair's yard in Maidenhead on Tuesday 15th June where it
will be restored. It took twelve hours to load up and seven to unload.
It is hoped that the ride can be up and running for 2011. More
information on the Wheel can be found on the
Rides page at
In other news, the $5,000 donation by the
American Coaster Enthusiasts continues to receive news coverage,
Attractions Management, and blog site
Big News Margate.
Monday, 5 July 2010
carries a report about the American Coaster Enthusiasts' donation towards
repairs on the Scenic Railway. This news is also covered on the
Kent Online and
Sunday, 4 July 2010
Happy Birthday from one Scenic Railway to another!
|Brooke Pether, Operations
Manager at Melbourne's Luna Park (home of a 98-year-old Scenic Railway -
the oldest continuously operating roller coaster in the world) has sent
a birthday message to Dreamland Margate on the 90th birthday of our
90 years is quite an achievement for a person let alone a rollercoaster.
Well done to everyone who has played a part in the success of your
Scenic Railway. We are honoured to be able to wish you all well on this
"Dave Collard keeps us well informed
here at Melbourne’s Luna Park with the progress of your historic
amusement park due to open in 2012 and we are very excited as it draws
closer. How lucky you are to have someone on board who has so much
passion and enthusiasm for the project.
"Other exciting events of 2012, our Park’s and our Scenic Railway’s
100th birthday falling on December 13th. What an exciting year for
historic wooden coasters it will be.
"So we say raise a glass to celebrate
the 90th anniversary of the opening of Margate’s Scenic Railway and many
more to come.
"Congratulations from all the team at
Luna Park, Melbourne, Australia."
Saturday, 3 July 2010
Scenic Railway at 90
|As the Scenic Railway reaches its 90th
birthday today, the Save Dreamland Campaign is pleased to announce that
the world's largest club of amusement ride enthusiasts, the American
Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE), has donated $5,000 dollars towards the
restoration of the historic structure.
The Scenic Railway is the United Kingdom’s
oldest roller coaster and will be the centrepiece in the world’s first
amusement park of thrilling historic rides at Dreamland Margate, being
developed by the Dreamland Trust. The Trust announced its plans for a
spectacular new 21st Century tourist attraction at the Dreamland
Amusement Park site in 2007. Work on the project, which will cost
£12.5m, is expected to start later this year.
Chairman of the Dreamland Trust Nick Laister said: “I would like to
thank all of the members of the American Coaster Enthusiasts for this
very generous donation. This demonstrates the level of international
interest in the future of the Scenic Railway, which is a remarkable and
fragile survivor. We will ensure that this donation is used 100% on the
restoration of this roller coaster. I look forward to welcoming the
members of ACE to Dreamland Margate when the Scenic Railway reopens."
ACE was founded in 1978 as a
not-for-profit, all volunteer club to foster and promote the
conservation, appreciation, knowledge and enjoyment of the art of the
classic wooden roller coaster and the contemporary steel coaster.
President of ACE, Mark Cole, says: “The
Scenic Railway is one of very few coasters of this type in the world.
Our support of the Dreamland Trust and their mission to return the
coaster to operational status is similar to the work that ACE did to
restore the oldest coaster in the world several years ago. Preservation
is a major part of the formation and continued work of ACE. We look
forward to returning to ride Scenic Railway in the not to distance
Celebrate the Scenic Railway's 90th
birthday tonight in Margate at the Lighthouse Bar from 6pm. Everybody is
Thursday, 1 July 2010
Scenic at 90
The Scenic reaches the grand old
age of 90 this Saturday, 3rd July.
If you can, please join us in
raising a glass. All are welcome.
Saturday 3rd July, From 6pm
The Lighthouse Bar, Margate Harbour Arm
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