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It was a foggy day to visit the city but the gloomy atmosphere made the carnivals lights stand out even more.

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foggy day at the harbour - after a quick bite and drink at the local brewery it's only one subway station to St. Pauli

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and here we are...

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Once a year I have to do the 1952 Siemens Rotor!

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From the elevated Rotor platform the view over the Schwarzkopf Tilt-A-Whirl and 55 meter ferris wheel

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"poeple sticking like flies to the wall" - the Rotor was one of the first new rides built after WWII

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we kidnapped this guy from Munich!

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Frisbee by showmen Robrahn is a frequent visitor

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Bumper Cars - as they should be without seatbelts, lapbars, etc

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happy riders getting shaked

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Loops in the fog

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Frisbee in the fog

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Why am I mostly the only rider with the arms high in air going through the loops?

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Inverting Afterburner by Technical Park is up next!

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Sky Rocker runs on a great manual program offering great upside-down hangtime

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Somehow hit the wrong button - instead of posting another picture I posted the message....

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After some years a HUSS Flipper was here again

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there can't be enough bumper cars on German carnivals

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And every few meters the cause and solution for all problems is calling: BEER

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Did it again...

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What kind of amusement one might get inside this establishment???

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Don't know what you guessed but here the answer: Karts!

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This year we also had a standard Afterburner

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This is found on top of a small shack selling fresh made Crepes

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Big Dancer No.2 was also here this year

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Foggy mouse

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This ends my 2012 coaster season - with 2013 starting early with Orlando in January!

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Traveling Schwarzkopfs

 

Many Schwarzkopf coasters were designed to be portable as they were first ordered by showmen like Barth or Bruch: Looping Star, Silverarrow, Double-Loop, Triple-Loop, Thriller, Oympia, Katapult. Not to mention all the older portable models like Wildcat and Jet Star.

 

Don't really know why US portable rides are mostly small - if it wouldn't be profitable German showmen won't haul all the big rides.

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We charge a ridiculous amount of money for oversize trailers in the U.S.---it's not feasible for a show to haul a big ride here. Plus, instead of independent midways like the rest of world, most of the large fairs in the U.S. are contracted to certain showmen to do the entire midway. No competition!

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We have one show that goes by train: Strates Shows in the midwest. They have the only HUSS Top Spin in the U.S. Some of the fairgrounds they go to have built railroad spurs for them, but that is not common.

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