Seaplane Delux
The Seaplane Deluxe

Seaplane
                  Deluxe
 

The world famous Bobs roller coaster at Belle Vue was designed by Fred Church, who was one of the best wooden coaster designers in the world. He, along with his partner Prior, invented the concept of a roller coaster with a car that resembled and moved like a bobsled. It wasn't Church who built the Bobs, though, it was an assocoiate of his Harry Traver of the Traver Engineering Company in Pensylvannia. He travelled to Belle Vue to erect Church's coaster and while he was there he also built two of his own rides: the Caterpillar and the Seaplane Deluxe.

Seaplane Delux
                   Ray Chadwick
The image above is shown with the permission of Ray Chadwick

The Seaplane Deluxe was a variation of the Circle Swing ride that Traver invented after watching seagulls circling a ship's mast during a trip he made to England. His ride concept, the Circle Swing, consisted of "cable-suspended cars revolving around a central pole." In 1903 he opened the doors to the Traver Circle Swing Co. on Broadway in New York City. From a tentative start, Traver's income skyrocketed to $10,000 a year as he developed more ride designs and redesigned existing rides.

The Seaplane Deluxe used the basic concept of the Circle Swing ride but the passengers travelled in model seaplanes.


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