Save Dreamland Campaign Dismantles Rides at Southport Pleasureland

Between 6 June and 30 June 2007, the Save Dreamland Campaign dismantled most of the original vintage rides from Southport's defunct Pleasureland Amusement Park. The rides are destined for the proposed Dreamland Heritage Amusement Park in Margate. Here is a photo gallery of dismantling work on the rides on Friday 22 June 2007, when work was focussing on the King Solomon's Mines roller coaster (the 1960-built wooden Wild Mouse ride which formerly operated at Morecambe's Frontierland). All photographs by Nick Laister. Please contact for permission to use the photographs.

A crane prepares to lift part of the Wild Mouse and place it in a storage container.

The remains of the Wild Mouse.

The ride is being carefully unbolted, piece by piece, with each piece separately numbered.

About 50% of the ride has already been dismantled.

The ride, which is standing on wooden blocks, is generally bolted together to allow for easy dismantling, although some supports have been nailed into place. The sawn wood that can be seen above was a result of the ride's move from Morecambe to Southport.

A car from the Mistral Flying Machine, which had been damaged by bulldozers when Blackpool Pleasure Beach left the site.

The main arms from the Mistral Flying Machine loaded onto a Save Dreamland Campaign flatbed trailer, ready for transportation to the south of England.

Half of the Social Mixer machine from the Fun House. The ride has had to be cut into two for transportation, but will be rebuilt for the Dreamland Heritage Amusement Park.

Another view of the Social Mixer.

Inside the Fun House, the former site of the Social Mixer.

The moving stairs were removed by the Save Dreamland Campaign but have now been reinstated temporarily at the request of Norman Wallis, who will operate them for the 2007 season, after which they will be removed.

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