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The Paratrooper Refurbishment

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 09:59:00 Europe/London

The arrival of the old ParaTrooper

The "Paratrooper", also known as the "Parachute Ride" or "Umbrella Ride", is a type of fairground ride based on the seats suspended below a wheel which rotates at an oblique angle.

Arrival of the Paratrooper for refurbishment at Rundles

This photo was taken when the Paratrooper arrived in April 2016 for full refurbishment for Folly Farm, this was a major refurb and transformation freom a trailer mounted ride to a static floor mounted ride and has taken us a few months to complete.

The basic frame is stripped down and refurbished

Paratrooper stripped down

The whole ride has been totally dismantled, the frame work has been inspected, repaired where necessary and then prepared, undercoated and sprayed

Each part has been inspected and tested, we have replaced virtually all moving parts and fitted new motors and hydraulics. The whole ride has new wiring and a new control cabinet
Fairground paratrooper is refurbished at Rundles
Paratrooper is painted at Rundles
Amusement park spares are used to refurbish this Paratrooper
The rest of the frame is processed and placed out ready for assembly and testing. Most of the amusement park spares are from stock but what we don't have, we fabricate in our workshop.

Outer framework for the paratrooper
all sprayed and ready for assembly
The refurbished paratrooper arms ready for assembly
The seats have been carefully rubbed down, filled and prepared for their first coat of undercoat. these will not have their final spray until the ride has been fully weight tested
Paratrooper chairs being prepared for painting
chair ready for its undercoat of paint
The circular roof or "umbrella" to the chairs on the ride have been through the same process, each one has been stripped back. All the electrics and lights have also been removed. Here you can see the tops having their finishing white spray coat and the vinyls being applied. You can also see the new lights fitted to the canopies, each canopy will have colour co-ordinated LED lights to match the vinyl
Canopies sprayed white ready for vinyls
Coloured Paratrooper chair Top and ready for lighting
Cabochon lights have now been fitted to the chair umbrella

The Centre Piece

The centre piece which has been constructed out of stainless steel in our workshop is fitted with coloured cabochon lights ready for the led lights
The centre section ogf the paratrooper is made
The stainless steel centre is fitted with cabochon lights
The centre section ogf the paratrooper is made
The stainless steel centre is fitted with cabochon lights

The Assembly

The ride is carefully assembled with each component checked and tested. The cars are attached before the final paint finish as not to damage the new paintwork. On final weight testing these cars will be filled with a ballast weight.
Stabilizing arms fitted to the main body
Fitting the swing arms to the top revolving plate
Umbrella and chair fitted to the end of the swing arm
During the refurbishment the whole ride was completely stripped down and each part checked, for instance, the main hydraulics system and ram were renewed and re-designed to meet new standards, all new sensors and control panels were designed and fitted complete with air brake to give a brief idea of what is involved.

Completed paratrooper ready for testing

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New design Straightening Machine

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 08:41:38 Europe/London

Designed and Built from the ground up by Rundles Engineers

straightening rollers designed and manufactured by Rundles
Here we have a set of straightening rollers designed and built from the base up by Rundles engineers. These rollers are used to straighten wire mesh such as weld mesh. The mesh is manufactured and then rolled into large rolls a bit like fence wire. These rolls then need to go through a straightening machine such as we have here. This machine is rather unique as it has a 4 foot width instead of the more common 8 foot width.
The machine is fully adjustable in order to accommodate different gauges of mesh, the machine is also self feeding so will pull the mesh into the rollers at an adjustable speed to suit.
The machine consists of a set of feed rollers and a set of straightening rollers, the feed rollers have a rubber grip coating to be able to grab the mesh and pull it into the set of straightening rollers. All the rollers are geared to rotate at the same speed to enable a smooth work flow.
assembly of the rollers
the gears of the straightening rollers
With all parts engineered the assembly of the straightening rollers is progressed
straightening roller assembly
gears of straightening roller
straightening rollers being built

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The Carousel Refurbishment

Wednesday, 9 August 2017 12:04:24 Europe/London

The 1893 Beamish Museum Steam powered Carousel Refurbishment

Beamish museum carousel refurbishment by Rundles

In the main picture above we have removed the main galloper centre

Here at Rundles we have been supplying and fabricating amusement park spares for the fairground and leisure industry for over a century. During this time we have accumulated an extensive stock of new and old versions of the different types of parts needed. We have also built, repaired and refurbished many amusement and fairground rides.

We have just started the mammoth task of refurbishing a 1893 steam powered carousel for the Beamish Museum.

These "gallopers" were built in 1893 for William Beach, an ancestor of the current owners, by Savage of Kings Lynn, the pre-eminent Victorian fairground manufacturers. The ride still has all of its original, hand-carved wooden horses, along with a steam centre engine, May Queen, and an 89 key Gavioli organ. Previous owners, the Ayers family, have decided to retire from travelling with the gallopers and, after 116 years of ownership, agreed a deal with Beamish Museum, near Stanley, in County Durham.

A museum spokesman said: "Only seventy or so steam gallopers exist throughout the world, in varying states of originality or completeness, and this is probably one of the best examples in the country, as they are in remarkably original condition.

Removing the Dolly Gears

Removing a dolly gear from the carousel center

The centre of the "British Galloper" is very carefully dismantled and each dolly gear is meticulously removed, the existing brass bearings, as seen in the picture, had to be oiled by hand at least once a week by the operative. Today we would use an automatic self lubricating bearing

We will keep this post updated regularly so please check back!

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The Perfect Weld

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:26:07 Europe/London

the perfect weld at Rundles

We may be blowing our own trumpet but you have to admit this is probably one of the best welds ever!

This goes to show the quality of workmanship you can expect from us here at Rundles. With many years of experience, our engineers pride themselves on providing a quality job every time

This particular weld was done this morning by our long serving welder Ian

Here is an overview of what we can offer in our engineering workshop

Machine capacities.

  • Lathe Up to 2136mm BC 508mm Swing 966mm Swing in Gap 90mm Bore, Screw Cutting
  • Lathe Up to 2136mm BC 864mm Swing 1320mm Swing in Gap Non Screw Cut
  • Milling Horizontal 1702mm x 382mm Table
  • Milling Vertical 1397mm x 356mm Table, Tilting Head
  • Shaper 508mm Stroke
  • Slotter 204mm Stroke
  • Surface Grinder 432mm x 152mm Table
  • Planer Metal 2440mm x 915mm Table
  • Bandsaws Up to 254mm dia
  • Radial Drill 5MT 2136mm Arm
  • Hydraulic Press H Type 100 Ton x 1092mm Throat 914mm Deep
  • Hydraulic Press C Type 30 Ton 355mm Throat x 610mm Deep
  • Threading Machine 4” BSP
  • Guillotine 3050 x 6mm Hydraulic
  • Folder 2540mm x 3mm Hydroform
  • Folder 2540mm x 6mm Hydroform
  • Rollers 2438mm x 10mm Pyramid
  • Welding – Mig, Tig, ARC
  • Dynamic Balancer 1320mm dia 2438mm Long
  • Appliance Testing, Electrical Installations
  • Shotblasting, Painting
  • Lorry Crane 26T/M 14m Reach

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Rundle's and Eptons Steam Up

Thursday, 15 June 2017 07:43:46 Europe/London

The annual open day of the Rundle & Epton families at their neighbouring yards in Lincolnshire is a firmly established end of season tradition.

Annual Steam Up at Rundle's and Eptons yards

Sunday 15th October from 10:00am

Showing an impressive collection of Steam Engines,Organs, Vintage and Classic Cars, vintage Trucks, Bikes plus much more. Food and drinks also available

Admission is Only £3.00

with all proceeds going to 3 local charities, namely the 'New Bolingbroke Church', the 'Town Hall', and the 'Lincolnshire Steam Preservation Society'

A great family day out for all!

Main Road, New Bolingbroke, Boston, PE22 7LN

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Another Grain Dryer Leaves Rundles

Monday, 22 May 2017 13:25:04 Europe/London

Built to order this large 30kw Centrifugal fan is going to be fitted as a grain dryer on a farm in Lincolnshire. Rundles have been manufacturing their own range of centrifugal fans for numerous applications including the agricultural industry, typically produce drying and grain drying. Grain Dryer manufactured by Rundles Centifugal fans are used for the removal of clean or slightly dusty air. They have high efficiency and reduced noise level, the fans of this series are largely used, in ventilation, conditioning, drying, cooling, mechanical draft, and toxic gas elimination plants

Hundreds of millions of tonnes of wheatcornsoybeanrice and other grains as sorghumsunflower seedsrapeseed/canolabarleyoats, etc., are dried in grain dryers.[1] In the main agricultural countries, drying comprises the reduction of moisture from about 17-30%w/w to values between 8 and 15%w/w, depending on the grain. The final moisture content for drying must be adequate for storage. The more oil the grain has, the lower its storage moisture content will be (though its initial moisture for drying will also be lower). Cereals are often dried to 14% w/w, while oilseeds, to 12.5% (soybeans), 8% (sunflower) and 9% (peanuts). Drying is carried out as a requisite for safe storage, in order to inhibit microbial growth. However, low temperatures in storage are also highly recommended to avoid degradative reactions and, especially, the growth of insects and mites. A good maximum storage temperature is about 18 °C.(Courtesy of wickipedia)

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New Shop Opening Hours

Monday, 24 April 2017 14:22:12 Europe/London

Rundles business hours

As of Monday the 5th of June Rundles will be open as Follows:

  • Monday to Thursday 7:30am to 5:00pm
  • Friday 7:30am to 12:30pm
  • Saturday & Sunday closed

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50 years of Service!!

Thursday, 20 April 2017 10:24:00 Europe/London

Happy retirement wishes to one of our longest employees at Rundles - Robert Vere

Robert Vere, 50 years at Rundles

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New Website Launch

Thursday, 20 April 2017 08:23:28 Europe/London

New Website Goes Live

We are very excited to launch our brand new website! Although we still have a huge amount of work to do we couldn't wait to make it live.....

Rundles website New

We can now offer our huge range of engineering services, amusement park spares, electric motors, industrial fans, gearboxes and control gear plus much more through our brand new website. 

We will be continually adding new items daily so if you can't find what you are looking for then please contact Rundles on 01205 480431. Here at Rundles we have continually tried to advertise our broad diverse range of goods and services to our customers new and old. Such as we are main dealers for Bonfiglioli gearboxes and Brook crompton Electric motors, engineers for the leisure industry, councils and NHS. Manufacturers of amusement rides from juvenile gallopers to full size 4 abreast gallopers. We also manufacture main attraction rides, offer a full repair service and spare amusement park parts to buy online

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