Given the outbreaks of anti-photography paranoia which have occurred in Britain in recent years, I was amused to stumble across this 1938 Railway Gazette article “Amateur railway photography in Germany”, reporting that the Reichsbahn had recently clarified that railway photography was permitted from public areas.
The report was published on 15 April 1938 – the week in which you-know-who’s party won more than 99% of the votes in the final “election” before the war.
Unlikely as it sounds, my website has proved so popular that a couple of weeks ago it got shut down by the hosting provider for exceeding its monthly data limit.
As of September 1 it has been relaunched with a new host, so hopefully the problem shouldn’t reoccur. It is possible that a few things might have got mangled during the transition, so let me know if anything is too badly broken.
The ride’s rail support structure was rebuilt around 1961.
The splash boat was closed for almost two years following an accident during maintenance on 6 August 2010. An inspection was undertaken by NPS Humber, and their condition report was presented to the city council in May 2011.
Happily the splash boat underwent a £35 000 restoration undertaken by Hull firm DB Engineering from November 2011, and it reopened on 2 June 2012. The video is from 5 June 2012.
Great fun, well worth the 80p for a ride. And yes, you do get wet.