Thursday, 16 November 2017 16:48:00 Europe/London
The 1893 Beamish Museum Steam powered Carousel (Centre) Refurbishment (Part-2)
In the main picture above you can see the original trailer housing the main galloper centre
Here at Rundles we have been supplying and manufacturing amusement park spares for the fairground and Amusement Park industry for over a century. During this time we have accumulated an extensive stock of new and old types of the varied types of parts needed. We have also built new fairground rides, repaired and refurbished many amusement and fairground rides.
Continuing with our task of refurbishing the centre piece for a 1893 steam-powered carousel for the Beamish Museum, we have meticulously stripped down the main centre of the galloper to remove it from the trailer.
The centre 'chimney' is thoroughly cleaned together with all the other parts. Each dolly gear has been removed along with the bearings and brackets
Replacing the wood
It is here that we found some of the timbers to be worn and in need of replacement. Having sourced some Douglas Fir, which is the strongest of our homegrown woods, we milled and replaced some of the beams to suit.
Making the Dolly Gears
The new Dolly wheel gears of the "British Galloper" are being fabricated in our own workshop by our lathe turners.
Fitting the new Cheese Wheel
The Chimney Centre Post and Dolly Drive Wheel
Getting ready to add the Brass Slip Ring
Adding the connecting bolts for the brass slip ring to the centre
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Friday, 10 November 2017 09:59:00 Europe/London
What we started with.......
The Chair-O-Plane is a variant of a carousel ride – a fairground ride that has chairs suspended by chains from the top of the carousel instead of carousel horses and animals. Some newer versions, originating from Australia, tilt at the top. The Chair-O-Plane is also known as a swing carousel, wave swinger, yo-yo or just a swinger.
This photo was taken of the main shaft of the Chair-O-Plane which, as you can see, is in dire need of some major attention.
Each part has to be inspected and tested, we will completely strip this Chair-O-Plane down to the last nut and bolt and re-build it step by step
The rest of the original woodwork was stripped down, completely repainted with decoartive decals applied. Most of the amusement park spares we needed are from stock. However, we needed to fabricate some parts to suit in our own workshop
Here you can see the base of the Chair-O-Plane being assembled for running the ride for the first time.
All the chairs have been redone with added safety belts and painted red with re-covered green and red padded seats
We constructed sets of cabochon lights to fit onto the Chair-O-Plane using LED lights to add that finishing touch
Finishing the Build
Working against the weather we continue to build up the Chair-O-Plane ready for trying the ride out
Six Weeks from start to finish
We only started work on this ride on the 21st September 2017 and it was taken down, loaded and transported on the Friday 3rd November
During this redecoration, the whole ride was stripped down and redone.
Dismantling, packing and loading the Chair-O-Plane ready for its journey
Video of the Chair-O-Plane in action
Tuesday, 3 October 2017 11:46:06 Europe/London
Carousels or more traditionally known in the United Kingdom as 'The Great British Galloper' are an impressive feat of engineering. The first mechanized carousels were powered by a steam engine where the centre shaft of the carousel was utilised for the chimney of the steam engine. These carousels are still in action and Rundle's are at present refurbishing a 1893 carousel for the Beamish museum. With such a diverse range of age, finding spare parts for carousels can be an absolute nightmare, this is where Rundle's come into the equation. Rundles have been supplying amusement park spares for the leisure industry for over 100 years and have a multitude of different types of carousel parts in stock. If Rundle's don't stock the part you require they will fabricate it, in their engineering shop and then put the item in stock for future use.
To give you some idea on the different stock items Rundle's have on the shelf for carousels they stock, 5 types of carousel horses, carriages and cockerels etc. Cheese wheels, dolly gears, auto lube bearings, foot plates, twisted brass poles, in fact as we manufacture brand new carousels we have virtually everything down to the last screw.
Rundle's noticed a gap in the market with their carousel horses, they have fitted their range of carousel horses onto weighted stands with a polished twisted brass pole to imitate the horse on a carousel. Not only are these available to purchase as a separate item they are also available for hire, these are especially popular for events such as corporate through to weddings. The customer has the additional option of branding the carousel horses with their own company logo or personal name at a small additional cost.
Not only do Rundle's have a truly extensive stock of carousel spares they also have a refurbishing department where they carry out complete dismantles and rebuilds, to repairing damaged carousel horses. All of their carousel spares are available to view on their website Rundles.co.uk where you can choose and purchase there and then. If you can't find what you need there is an upload section where you can get a quote for fabricating your item to your exact requirements.
As part of Rundle's extensive range of amusement park spares, one of their best sellers is their own range of LED lighting. Traditional fairground lighting uses E10 and E14 Edison bulbs which use approximately 4 times more power than the newly developed Rundle's LED lamp which only uses 1 watt. So on an average 3 abreast carousel, there are in excess of 3000 lights so you don't need to be a mathematician to work out the immense savings here.
The main type of fairground light casing used in amusement parks and theme parks is the Cabochon lights. These come in a variety of bright colours and produce a glistening diamond effect when lit up. Cabochon originates from the French word meaning 'head' and is a shaped and polished gem rather than faceted. Rundles offer a full range of Cabochons in sizes E10 and E14, but the main advantage of the Rundle's LED lamps is that they have been designed and compacted into a 30mm diameter lamp. This means that their LED lamps fit all styles of Cabochon case where others (being 40mm) don't.
Rundle's stock thousands upon thousands of different types of fairground LED lamps consisting of voltages such as 12v, 24v, 60v and 240v. Brightness is also an option ranging from warm-warm white through to cool white led lamps, and of course the sizes E10 and E14. You would think this would be the full range but of course, with Rundle's it's not. If you think about it nearly all fairground lights are flashing to entice the public in. These are normally run form control boxes with programmed controllers to operate the flashing sequence of the lights. These work adequately but are high maintenance and are expensive to run, you are also governed to coloured cabochons to get the different colours.
Enter the new 'plug and play' flashing LED lamp from Rundles, these lamps are available in different voltages with E10 and E14 sizes. The upsell on these flashing fairground lights is that you do not need any control board, you don't need any programming knowledge and you don't need different coloured cabochon cases. These flashing LED's are manufactured in a sequence of 16 lamps, you do not need 16 lamps to use you can have just one if you like. So to explain what I mean, each of the 16 lamps has a rolling sequence which starts from lamp number one to lamp number 16 (each lamp has its sequence number stamped on it). In a row, number one would flash then two and three and so on. Not only do they sequence in flashing they also have a colour sequence, this makes these lamps very smart indeed, for a demonstration of the flashing sequence please see here - Flashing LED Sequence
Flat LED lamps are also available for Rundles, these also come in different colours or clear, plus this range is available in the flashing range as well. All of Rundle's LED lamps can be fitted into existing standard lamp holders sizes E10 and E14, the flat LED lamps are a complete unit. The lamp holders that Rundle's supply are extremely well designed for ease of installation, there is no need for soldering, cutting wires or crimping. They have two pins on the back and a screw on cap that compresses the wire onto the pins piercing the wires for a perfect connection.
Dodgem Car Spares
As with all of Rundle's amusement park spare parts, there is a huge range of bumper car spares available off the shelf as well as, like the carousel spares, the addition of being able to fabricate spare parts for bumper cars in house. There are a few main makes and models of a bumper car but there are hundreds of different designs out there including some vintage dodgem cars. A few of the more established manufacturers such as Reverchon, I E Park Soli, Bertazzon, Barbeiri and C & S are the more standard dodgem car parts that Rundles have in stock, bumper car parts such as the rubber bumper tyres, steering wheels and seat belts to name just a few. On top of this Rundles offer a full refurbishing service for bumper cars here at their workshops in Lincolnshire. This dodgem car refurbishment service includes full preparation and re-spray, replacement of old parts and fabrication of any broken steelwork etc, basically you will be getting a bumper car that looks like new.
Not only do Rundles offer services like the refurbishment of dodgem cars they stock and sell parts and netting for the bumper car arena, such as netting to European and British standards and control units for the power supply. With the newly adopted health and safety laws seat belts are now a necessity in every dodgem car, Rundles offer different types of seat belt configurations to suit all applications including the adjustable bolt down heavy duty type.
Roller Coaster Spares
As you can imagine there are numerous different makes and types of roller designs, each normally designed for the individual amusement park. There are also many different types of roller coaster track, dependant on the type of track and car is the type of wheel or wheel cluster. Rundles do have many roller coaster spare parts in stock and they can fabricate many parts to fit the numerous types out there. How can they do this? Rundles have many time trained engineers and equipment on their site in Lincolnshire, England and they can, not only reproduce roller coaster spare parts but improve on the original design.
Another great traditional fairground or amusement park ride is the Waltzer, the ride consists of a number of cars which spin freely while rotating around a central point, in much the same way as a carousel. Like most other amusement park rides, the Waltzer’s are put under a lot of stress and parts do wear out, especially the more older rides. Waltzer spare parts such as the centre ball joint coupling and the brass ball joint cup are readily available off the shelf at Rundles. Bar covers and seat belts are also readily available and can be purchased through Rundles easy to use and modern website www.rundles.co.uk
Veteran Car Spares
Veteran cars or ‘Old Time Cars’ are an old favourite in the amusement park industry, they consist of a low voltage track and vintage modelled cars powered by a low voltage motor. All the cars run on the same track and have sensors in the front of the vehicle to stop two vehicles colliding together. As Rundles manufacture a whole track system including the control box, cars and tracking, they can offer a comprehensive range of veteran car spare parts off the shelf right down to the little things such as light covers and steering wheels. Most amusement park spares are available somewhere in the world but not so readily available in the United Kingdom, this is where Rundles have filled the gap and it is delightful to find an English company that was established over 100 years ago with the experience in amusement parks as they have.
Pirate Boat Spares
Pirate boats are basically swinging long boats and are normally powered by a motorised drive wheel with a rubber coating situated underneath the boat. The drive wheel drives one way and then free wheels allowing the boat to swing back. On some designs the wheel drops to allow the boat to freely swing back and then pops up again to power the boat on the forward spring. Although this sounds simplistic in mechanical terms it is quite ingenious how it works and a reliable source of spare parts are must for any ride operator.
Amusement Park Spares
The term amusement park spares leads one towards amusement rides, albeit it is essential to be able to source spare parts for all the different types of rides here in the United Kingdom, it is also important to point out that there is quite a lot more to an amusement park to consider.
For instance, there are the facia’s, standing 3d displays, moulded wall displays, signs and stalls to name but a few. There are also the canopies, flooring and railings to maintain. All these require spare parts and Rundles have recognised this and have fulfilled the need within the industry. With over 100 years in the business Rundles have diversified and yet kept to traditional values. It is this combination that has resulted in Rundles becoming the leading supplier of amusement park spares in the U.K.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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 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.
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.
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 08:41:38 Europe/London
Designed and Built from the ground up by Rundles Engineers
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.
With all parts engineered the assembly of the straightening rollers is progressed
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Wednesday, 9 August 2017 12:04:24 Europe/London
The 1893 Beamish Museum Steam powered Carousel Refurbishment
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
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
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:26:07 Europe/London
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
- 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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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.
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
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. 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 wheat, corn, soybean, rice and other grains as sorghum, sunflower seeds, rapeseed/canola, barley, oats, etc., are dried in grain dryers. 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)
Monday, 24 April 2017 14:22:12 Europe/London
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