Dreamland’s Scenic Railway out of action AGAIN just as summer holidays set to kick off
PUBLISHED: 11:27 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:19 12 July 2017
The showpiece rollercoaster was closed for almost five months last year
The Scenic Railway at Dreamland will be temporarily out of action to visitors, just as the summer holidays kick off later this month.
Essential work on the UK’s oldest wooden rollercoaster will take place from Monday, July 24 until Friday, July 28 to replace a section of the rope on one of the ride’s lift hills.
Though it is scheduled maintenance, it comes at a crucial time for the recently-revamped leisure complex in Margate, which has been operating at weekends only since it re-opened on May 26, but is welcoming visitors every day from July 21 through to September.
The ride will still be open before and after the work, which bosses claim will provide added interest for visitors to the park, who will be able to watch professional craftsmen executing a traditional process.
During this period, Dreamland is offering anyone who buys an unlimited ride wristband - either in advance or on the day - one of the park’s newly launched Dream Passes preloaded to the value of £5.
Similar to a gift card, the Dream Pass can be spent on food and drink on offer throughout Dreamland – with the exception of concessions. It can also be re-charged for use in the future.
The ride was out of action for almost five months last year, as question marks grew over whether Dreamland had a realistic future.
However, the reaction since its recent facelift has been largely positive, and the park recently played host to the Demon Dayz festival, headlined by Gorillaz, for which some 15,000 tickets sold out in a matter of minutes.
Steven Mitchell, Interim CEO, said: “We have had a fantastic response to Dreamland since we re-opened the park on May 26 and visitors have, as ever, been enchanted by the Scenic Railway.
“When the ride was restored, we returned to its heritage rope system - which is not like the systems used by rollercoasters built today.
“This means a specialist level of service is required to maintain the ride.
“We are working with the best in the industry to ensure reliable and consistent running of the ride for visitors through the rest of the summer and beyond – and working with the best means undertaking work when they are available.”