If and when was the Carousel steam driven?
Posted 19 April 2011 - 02:41 PM
Does anyone have confirmation that the Carousel was actually steam driven while at Great Adventure and if so, during what years?
Notice the pipe extending up from the center of the ride up through the roof:
Here is a shot of the pipe after it was cut off:
Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:06 PM
Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:12 PM
Posted 19 April 2011 - 09:11 PM
I just have to wonder if it was run on steam, what was it fired with and from where? Was there a propane tank or an oil tank? I know the original restaurants all have propane tanks, and the trains were propane fired, so I would have to guess the Carousel was as well. That would have burned cleanly with minimal smoke and fumes. I just imagine it was a liability to have a boiler sitting so close to riders.
Posted 20 April 2011 - 10:16 PM
Posted 23 April 2011 - 04:27 PM
I believe so, and I think the steam was discontinued when the calliope was removed. I would love to see a photo of the Carousel building with steam coming out of the roof on a cool fall morning!
I came across the following in the "Out of Chaos (and $45 Million...)" article that appeared in the New York Times following GA's opening in 1974. Given what was written by the reporter, it does sound as if it was operated by steam at least for a short period of time. In fact, apparently, LeRoy brought someone over from England specifically to operate it. Here's the line from the Times article...
"We came to the 1903 English Carousel, his particular pride, steam generated and with carved wooden horses, but it was not working. A girl attendant standing in front of it said: "This morning the engine was running and I smelled something burning and I turned it right off."
LeRoy shook his head: "We brought a guy from England to operate this thing and he broke his leg riding a motorcycle.""
Posted 23 April 2011 - 09:52 PM
Posted 26 May 2012 - 08:23 PM
Furthermore, there was an 8-track tape player inside the center closet behind mirrors featuring the music overhead on speakers.
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