Saturday, 20 March 2010


As part of 2010’s National Science and Engineering Week the University Library in collaboration with the National Fairground Archive are celebrating the engineering feats of roller coasters and theme park rides. The following abstract is part of a mini-series on the history of going upside-down, compiled by Ian Trowell of the National Fairground Archive.


Booster (2001)

The modern propeller ride - evolving higher and faster - born on the European fairgrounds with Italian and Dutch companies pushing the envelope. The rotating gondola makes an axis-based g-force calculation less than straightforward, though the passengers can certainly feel the forces as the speed of the ride increase. This ride is an indication of the shape of things to come...

Check back tomorrow for more and remember that the NFA is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 until 16:30 for anyone interested in seeing more of our NSEW activities.

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