This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
Park Products

Products and services for parks and attractions XLR8 BY KMG

Prolific European ride manufacturer KMG launched its latest compact thrill ride recently in the Netherlands.

XLR8 (Accelerate) made its public debut at the Easter fair in Drachten, Friesland, under the ownership of loyal KMG customer Jarno Otten. Arriving on site the previous evening, the trailer mounted construction was assembled in just a few hours. The eight-car attraction features a simple ride pattern with each swinging, twin seat suspended on the end of an arm connected to the machine’s centre. During the ride, extreme acceleration and deceleration is experienced, giving a launch coaster style thrust to the ride vehicles. The minimum passenger height requirement is 1.2 metres. XLR8 is believed to be the first transportable

amusement ride with a rechargeable power system. During deceleration, the returned energy is stored in “Super Cap” capacitors ready for the next acceleration. This means the prototype attraction, which uses just 80 amps (including LED lighting) can connect to a 63 amp power supply,

KMG reports that Mr Otten was satisfied with the ride’s performance over Easter. Although the fair in Drachten suffered from bad weather and a low turnout, XLR8 attracted several repeat riders. A number of potential buyers were expected to view the ride in Rotterdam, where it was appearing as part of the Queen’s birthday celebrations from April 21 to May 6.

•See a video of the ride in action at or by reading the digital version of this magazine.


Another book in the Images of America series, Lesourdsville Lake Amusement Park was written by the co-founder of the Southwest Ohio Amusement Park Historical Society, and a former park employee. Located in Monroe, Ohio, LeSourdsville Lake opened in 1922 and from 1977 onwards was known as Americana Amusement Park. The park closed down after the 1999 season and sold in 2000. It opened briefly in 2002 but shut unexpectedly before the end of the season and has remained closed since.

Despite being 15 miles from Kings Island near Cincinnati, Lesourdsville was for many years a popular recreational park in its own right. Emphasis on providing quality food and personalised catering enabled the park to host hundreds of annual company picnics, high school proms and family reunions. Classic rides included the Electric Rainbow, Whip, and Screechin’ Eagle and Serpent rollercoasters, while the families visited “the Lake” as religiously as they drove the same route to work every day.


publication from Cyclone Books is a must-read for anyone who has ever visited this now defunct Ontario


Wisdom Rides has introduced Jungle Twist, a new spinning

rollercoaster intended for families. Each of the five cars in the train

carry three adults or four children and travel over a 140-foot-long oval track with an eight-foot drop – just enough to give a little kick. 38 MAY 2012

institution. The book recreates the sounds, scents (really? – Ed) and screams that emanated from the midway over many generations. Starting life as a picnic grove in 1890, Crystal Beach developed into a major amusement park serving the Buffalo metropolitan area through until its 1989 demise. All of the rides that populated the park through the century are presented among more than 300 photographs. Original blueprints are shown of the Comet, Magic Carpet, Laff in the Dark, Caterpillar and the dance hall, plus many site plans. Printed on high quality paper stock, the book includes a comprehensive index and bibliography, with images arranged meticulously in chronological order. Author William E. Kae has created a very user-friendly book.

Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44