Back up again

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.

Normal service is now resumed, hopefully.


Splash boat in East Park, Hull

The Grade II listed splash boat in Kingston upon Hull’s East Park was supplied by Charles Wicksteed & Co in 1929 at a cost of £1400. The city engineer’s department built the tower for £474 2s 5d. The drop is 22 feet, in a run of around 100 feet.

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.

The other surviving splash boats are the original 1926 waterchute at Wicksteed Park near Kettering, and a 1932 one to a different or rebuilt design in Scarborough. This was part of the Kinderland park until its closure, but in 2008 the waterchute reopened under the management of the North Bay Railway.



Croydon after the riots

Tramlink electrification at Reeves Corner damaged by rioting

Some photos of damage to London Tramlink infrastructure at Reeves Corner in Croydon on Wednesday 10 August 2011, after the rioting of Monday 8 August. The overhead lines were down, a mast looked scorched, and the stuff which the rails are embedded in had been damaged.

On Wednesday tram services were running from Wimbledon to Reeves Corner tram stop, and from the eastern branches to East Croydon, but the town centre loop was out of action.

Fire damaged Tramlink track at Reeves Corner

Tramlink electrification damaged by rioting

Church Street Tramlink stop after the riot
Church Street tram stop, fenced off.

Croydon - cleaner & greener

An unfortunate sign.