Tandem cranes from Ainscough Crane Hire’s Maidstone Depot have installed the latest white-knuckle attraction at Margate’s famous Dreamland amusement park.
At 39 metres high, the Deamland Drop ride is the centrepiece of nine new rides which have been installed for the 2018 summer season. It carries 12 passengers per ride who sit – leg dangling – with their backs to the main column before being shot to the top of the mast at high speed.
Rani Notariani, Depot Manager at the Maidstone Depot, said: “The lift was a really interesting one for us as we were in the amazing surroundings of Dreamland. Topping and tailing a lift is always a complicated manoeuvre but with the right planning and experience on hand it was a measured and comfortable process.
“We’re really pleased to have worked with Dreamland and happy to leave the thrill-seekers to the ride now it’s been installed.”
The Ainscough lift teams used a Liebherr LTM 1200-5.1 as the main lifting crane and an LTM 1055-3.1 as the trailing crane. The lift was carried out under contract lift conditions.
Riders are then given a free-fall back to earth before being ‘saved’ at the last moment – only to be dropped again.
The custom-built ride is the tallest attraction at Dreamland some five metres higher than the big wheel and is lit with hundreds of lightbulbs spelling out Dreamland.