interesting to see how parks go through transition periods. Many
start off with either low tech or travelling fairground attractions,
but then go through a period of change to establish themselves as a
more major attraction. Drayton Manor went through such a period in
the 90's as many old rides were replaced, leaving the days of it
being a country park with a zoo and fairground behind.
One ride from the old era was the snake train. One of the simplest,
low tech concepts for a thrill ride ever devised. It was a long road
train, that pulled a number of trailers, one behind the other. On
the front train the driver drove around the roads in the woods at
high speed. Just driving around in such an uncontrolled fashion was
enough to make a thrilling ride. When you factored in you were just
sitting in an exposed position, with no restraints, you just had to
hold on, it was a very exciting ride.
Unfortunately the lack of restraints was part of the rides undoing,
as it was closed down shortly after I rode it. Given how the park
was modernising though it was probably only a matter of time.
Nowadays the parks 4D cinema is located where you use to get on the
This is definitely a ride of a past era. Even if modern health and
safety would allow such a ride, and they'd have a point on insisting
on more secure restraints, the only place I'd ever see getting a
ride like this would be a small activity farm style attraction. I've
got to admit, given some fond memories of this ride, if one did
appear I'd be tempted to make a visit.