Jump to content
  TPR Home | Parks | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram 

Photo TR: Non-German Tom's South Coast Adventure!


Recommended Posts

Ok, so for the last two days I've been 300 miles from home visiting a few parks alog the South Coast of the UK. 6 coasters, some crazy flat rides and bad dieting on nothing but fast food and fry-ups.

 

On Monday August 8, I left my house at 06.30hrs to catch the 07.05 London Express. By 09.00 I had made it to London, and 2 hours after that I had made it to Brighton. Went straight for the Pier, saw Gregg - but forgot to photo him, and did a few of the attractions there before dropping my stuff off at the hotel.

 

Then it was back to Brighton Station to catch the train to Portsmouth to visit Clarence Pier and Funland at Hayling Island. A few coastal attractions later, and I headed back to Blackpool for the night. The train was delayed, so I got in a lot later than planned. I never seem to get in early anymore!

 

Next day I was up to go to Margate and visit Dreamland - probably the nicest of the 4 parks I visited. A classic Scenic Railway, a few crazy flat rides and more hot weather made for a good day. After a couple of hours there, I began to head for home, and I eventually got back to Manchester at 23.30hrs on Tuesday August 9.

 

Here's the photos of the last two days - First lot is getting down south, and at Brighton Pier.

1152847493_ghosttrain.jpg.67cdb84604ad1ffefc16ec540241206b.jpg

Hmm...Scary! Time to head to Clarence Pier now!

galaxia.jpg.bb03aaa5020b8e5907a559db6e9e839f.jpg

And this thing looked awesome. Too bad I didn't end up riding it.

crazymouse2.jpg.b05f309661ef53ff077640ea217ad3b0.jpg

This mouse was ok, but you need more people sitting in with you to spin these things.

crazymouse.jpg.04a8ddc65a5f414d75d34290b262a8c4.jpg

Copyright infrigement became a good theme this weekend!

wildriver.jpg.e37025de5c5c6e68dcfa84678659986a.jpg

These travelling flumes are everywhere!

fatbird2.jpg.1df5d857950374efecd3d0f777307a22.jpg

...and this fat bird was marking out all the height limits to the rides.

fatbird.jpg.b95a0568cac752eedd84794790de9e29.jpg

The Pier was home to this fat bird...

turbo4.jpg.899be900c3a4f2b871b957c82930dc33.jpg

OK, so it wasn't silky smooth, but it's better than all the other Pinfari Loopers I've done!

turbo3.jpg.d599ebed2783d93b7644d57497ecb64f.jpg

...but it turned out to be pretty damn good!

turbotom.jpg.deec06459009fc4309c14aa037b05e1d.jpg

I get ready to go cruisin' for a brusin'...

turbo2.jpg.6b8735300c5699c0c20ce56c302e889d.jpg

It's a Pinfari, it has a loop, surely this equals pain!

turbo1.jpg.99d6777e533a9768fb38b832073d16c3.jpg

Well I finally got to the rides! And the first new credit of the trip.

pierclock.jpg.77bd99a81a7d1e800bdce6cf53cae90d.jpg

Don't look at the clock. What's that scary old dude looking at? I must have pulled a face or something...

drwho.jpg.213a9e947f3415b914b9d6b8a50e627c.jpg

The Dalek had a real person inside!! I didn't wanna get exterminated so I ran like hell.

eastpier.jpg.a9d39bd3dc0c9911dd38611f58100423.jpg

Oh wait, there it is. I always get confused with those two piers. They're just so similar!

westpier.jpg.423f7b70475c55bb4f32326b7ac57368.jpg

When I got to the seafront I saw this. Brighton Pier, burned down! All that travel for nothing? Nooooooooooo!!!

brighton.jpg.ef907479b4e216e1c4583ed91f5e09c0.jpg

After 4 hours, I got to Brighton! But what's Mr.Six doing on the side of the bus?

trains.jpg.4dcb09e3316f17cdeebea102b23d2f85.jpg

Bah. I bet those trains are running on time.

wembley.jpg.0f1259dbc7b0d0c25bdfc9f8adccee6a.jpg

I left my Where's Wally book at home, so here's a tribute: Where's Wembley Stadium?

alarmstop.jpg.59c2b422fae5f5c6657ee9d259424e78.jpg

In my half-awake state, I thought I could stop the train and run to G-Force. But I thought better of it...

draytonbehind.jpg.a173902bc896f25b4540f6e696c64490.jpg

On the way down I passed Drayton Manor which is about 5 miles behind this hedge - but no G-Force for me today!

orgasmatron.jpg.e2da49e9706ddc1418b1053ebf154ca5.jpg

What d'ya mean the Orgasmatron Massage parlour is closed? That sucks!

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 8
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Posted Images

Still on Monday, here's the photos from Clarence Pier and Funland Amusement Park.

thedrop3.jpg.5e18a6f0670fe3f8afd3f4187370b814.jpg

The drop was still dropping as we left the park.

funlandflume.jpg.18dc43598c9d28cd5234a152e4ef69a0.jpg

It might be built on top of a shed, but at least it's different to the two other flumes from today!

rita.jpg.db5184cda086af60a6426ef8d733abd5.jpg

So she's not just a queen of speed after all!

tornado2.jpg.57a463e1271c501f87eb7a2fdf2966b4.jpg

It looked pretty funky lit up at night time too.

tornado.jpg.d19c36e90b27ac35acb1861974974bd8.jpg

This travelling Chance spin 'n' swing was awesome. Even if if did move about 3 ft each way on every swing!

gotwood.jpg.e029c4e37e95e9984160063aaf7245e7.jpg

...so much so, we got wood!

tomwoody.jpg.b51ce6ab908928926394d553aa34c92f.jpg

I liked it...

davehartley.jpg.d28b8f9ea71ca106613fd05f8ec75594.jpg

Dave liked it...

woody1.jpg.1f61e77077dbe53e36606831818fd66c.jpg

Dave and I whored ourselves out for this kiddy coaster, and it was great fun!

thedrop2.jpg.7ec858279fefc914ca120d4dc38e10de.jpg

I wonder what ever happened to the second deck of this former double deck drop tower?

thedrop.jpg.136203f34512ad2901238842bf180668.jpg

It's Scaffolding: The Ride! I think Intamin should build more of these for construction sites.

klondike2.jpg.f1bb9b59ed6d7e7a5930707f1edbf3c4.jpg

It was getting a bit on the rough side. But one guy thought it was really good!

klondike.jpg.66b11de052e91858f1622862617548a2.jpg

It's a new old ride! And another Pinfari looper. This place rivals Loudoun castle as the Astroworld of the UK.

funlandview.jpg.15c82f49057d997580875e773e80ccd0.jpg

On to the 3rd and last park of the day now, Funland Amusement Park at Hayling Island.

stripjoint.jpg.e8ff17f748322fc809f9a718db896b4a.jpg

Yeah!!! String Joint!!! However, the only stripping going on in there was paint stripping. Not a girl in sight.

gogrannygo.jpg.c535c72752a34a33bb079721485b9ac8.jpg

And I thought my driving was bad - this old lady was teaching her grandchild how to kick some serious dodgem ass!

carousel.jpg.6d524ede93a3c746bad27f05f02a0ef8.jpg

One of many carousels I saw on this trip.

twister2.jpg.1c33402d58cfc9b8689ca918588a14d9.jpg

This guy's kids had the right idea - stay to the right and don't get squashed!

twister.jpg.ac5be7cc795dd832d0f7216f31440e2e.jpg

This twist was run really fast - but not fast enough to make me wanna throw up my Wimpy Burger I ate 5 mins before getting on!

skyways3.jpg.b69b0ebf1b70b7aab1cf7d553d34381d.jpg

Spiralage!!!

skyways2.jpg.7da63ac6a19e759021ab7db0f8ce9c40.jpg

From the top, you get a good view of the Victory tower - I think that's what it's called!

skyways.jpg.cd5b54b9a8cb08e057004fc2d495d43a.jpg

Time for another bottom of the barrel scraping mission...err, I mean credit!

disko.jpg.5d4ffb0b83ef9d5b6aca49441e5b952b.jpg

The Disko was much more fun!

powertower3.jpg.6499618da440361004fb26275ec00e38.jpg

Empty seats galore, empty seats. Oh Lord, empty seats! (Sung to the tune of Kum-bay-yah)

powertower2.jpg.abb0e89ec614dc435cbd5057712aa703.jpg

But it wasn't. Shame on you, Moser Rides! The taller your towers go, the worse they get!

powertower.jpg.cf02fcb24d37dd2133bc98afb5bdcd34.jpg

With a name like Power Tower, it's got to be good!

clarenceflume.jpg.61982edec088c2cbe93512030ccac644.jpg

What a surprise. Another travelling flume (that I didn't go on)!

clarencepier1.jpg.29102eea5b03d10c5937ea75a13c8906.jpg

The old school entrance to Clarence Pier was looking good today.

Link to post
Share on other sites

That afterburner style ride is a KMG Frek Out .. smaller version of the Afterburner, Chance will prolly become the vendor of those here in the US like they did with the Afterburner .. if they want.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Woooo serious travelling with some great photos & captions. Did like the Rita one

 

As for Hayling (the Home to 2 Trocadero Rides) which I think better than Clarence Pier, The KMG freakout at Hayling is run on a mental setting runs for ages, and home to the slowest log flume I never been on.

 

 

I wonder what ever happened to the second deck of this former double deck drop tower?

 

It used to be the Pepsi Max Drop at Trocadero in London and had 2 decks. This year Hayling took the 2nd deck off as there was no way to get on theses.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I was so sad the day I visited the Trocadero in 2001. Pepsi Max Drop was closed for rehab or something silly. I'm not a drop ride fan, but I wanted to ride it because it was inside and had lots of stuff flying by. I had to settle for a ride on their Huss Breakdance. It looks very silly sitting there attatched to that tower.

Link to post
Share on other sites

OK folks, last update.

 

On Tuesday I made it out to Dreamland at Margate, and enjoyed myself a lot more than I thought I would. It was a fairground liek all the others, but it had a nice atmosphere and pretty friendly staff, which I wasn't expecting in the searing heat.

 

So here's the run-down of the day's events:

face.jpg.e4de343cddb15c4c41bb20eda8ef1b67.jpg

I got a whole carriage to myself. (And what a surprise. I look like a madman!) Thanks for reading!

pendolino.jpg.43f5f1d73a4fcbf080647bc887b551ef.jpg

Here's my super-dooper tilting train home!

corona.jpg.258b6386bcfd9e215388396846061913.jpg

...and a well deserved drink. Wally, this one's for you!

hardwickhouse.jpg.cb6e1367d09686cccdac7b0b9731e621.jpg

But first, I go via platform 1 to my own private function room...

timetable.jpg.f3f40eb9d8764ff382af2d036094b7ea.jpg

That's my train home!

tube.jpg.46ee142e7e132d7b46e73a8be1ca82b7.jpg

Look out!! Tube train coming far too fast.

batterseaps.jpg.942d50aa755a19fad285308a0094e4cd.jpg

The old Battersea Power Station looks imopsing against the skyline.

margatesign.jpg.9a95f540499f65af42f9028e6ce3996c.jpg

Say hello, but I'm waving goodbye now! Time to head back to Manchester.

droptower.jpg.36d151a54b0c645bceef26b2f2362485.jpg

You could see the drop tower from the rail station.

metopscan.jpg.402f341bbb893dd761141f9057da6892.jpg

I was wiped out after a 5 minute cycle!

topscan2.jpg.a186a67fcfcb163d218dc1b22021bc81.jpg

This was much better than Samurai at Thorpe Park.

topscan.jpg.fa3a4cdbe50e3f660247bb656d69c360.jpg

The TopScan was running really fast today!

booster2.jpg.3ff3339b481e75d5017387abd41f6adf.jpg

It was being taken apart for some maintenance work.

booster.jpg.77dee63731a83cdc23d374483c9a1795.jpg

This ride wasn't going anywhere.

brakedude2.jpg.d10706d3852a285481150e018906c70c.jpg

Even if he had to push the 4-ton train to the lift hill each time!

brakedude.jpg.8a05b78a0f11bf7cf74e0f7058d2d58f.jpg

Our brakeman was having a good laugh around the course!

scenicrailway2.jpg.1d1b6a97f87b1615d360ed522e1db4a2.jpg

Here you can see one half the layout.

scenicrailway.jpg.de64e0457d0cf3007a75dd1bc078f66b.jpg

This was the main reason I came to the park.

bongshop.jpg.9fd68295f0d5be6ed9277d86366a4cf6.jpg

Nice!!! Spot the odd sign out.

leavetokens.jpg.ea145220312db7e8521e08e579fcb192.jpg

They were so polite, they didn't even bother enforcing this rule!

noparkingplease.jpg.73c82ba245e977eec65030b410d0801c.jpg

They never forget their Ps and Qs.

nicedaysign.jpg.20990653ac0602dda0d994f2f721caf0.jpg

...I gotta say how polite everythign and everyone in this park is.

dreamlandsign.jpg.d7380a9107d4725ea2253f549d41ab2f.jpg

Here's a what you really wanna see! Some hot sign action...

kentisabitflat.jpg.988f1e0b4c3c5c58ff1bf64b7ec09d43.jpg

As you can see, my journey was really exciting.

rockon.jpg.7217a703867b05f0d410925673f1d236.jpg

Rockin' out on the train to Margate.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.


×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use https://themeparkreview.com/forum/topic/116-terms-of-service-please-read/