Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Dodgems...deceased

Just at the top of the Shipley Glen Tramway, if you peer through the overgrown vegetation, you can see this relic of the time, not all that long ago, when this part of Shipley Glen was a Pleasure Ground. Enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people since Victorian times, there have been many weird and wonderful attractions in the area. All are now gone apart from the Tramway, which as I said a few days ago is currently closed for repairs. The dodgems are obviously not Victorian, but ran until a few years ago (2005, I think). They seem to have been 'mothballed' rather than demolished, but one doubts whether they will ever be revived....Pity, I do like a good bash round on the dodgems!

9 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for all these Shipley Glen photos. Such a shame that the funfare seems to have been mothballed.

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  2. Hi Jenny,

    You caught this excellently! -:)

    Best regards
    Asta

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  3. Hi Jenny

    There's a really poignant web-article about the fight to save the Pleasure Ground on Shipley Glen - pictures too.

    Here's the link: http://www.joylandbooks.com/themagiceye/articles/taleofshipleyglen.htm

    Enjoying your blog very much.
    Palymap

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  4. Hi Palymap
    Yes, thanks - I did actually find that very piece when I was researching Shipley Glen. It's really interesting. Yesterday's post had a link to it, as a matter of fact, (and tomorrow's too). Seems a great shame that the battle was lost.
    So glad you're still reading the blog. Thanks for your encouragement.

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  5. I wish I new who owned the dogems im realy good with my hands and would love to have a go at restoring them just seams such a wast I wish I had money beause if I had I would buy and restor them im only 20 but remember going as a chilled what a shame

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  6. it wouldnt cost thousends to restor it would just be the wireing most of the work could be done by my self. It would be amasing to see it be resurected and runing once again I was thinking about taking a cart repairing it and polising it up then puting it back but some one would say it got stolen and have me arrested I just hate the fact its roting but I could do somthing about it

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    1. I don't know who owns them, but I agree it's a real shame they're left to rot.

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  7. LET ME KNOW IF YA FIND OUT WHO OWNS THEM, JUST BEEN ON THE TRAMWAY TODAY WITH MY CHILDREN AND FELT REALLY SAD TO SEE IT SO MUCH LIKE AN ERRIE FILM SET, :@( I HAPPY TO PAINT THEM. COUNT ME IN, LETS GET THE ELECTRIC FIRED UP AND START A NEW ERA!

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  8. Hi I have bought Blue dodgem no 12 off Ebay for £285.It was stripped of its running gear, but now restored and converted to run on the road. I would love to know where it;s brothers are.

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