Saturday, January 15, 2011

Eagles Mere Toboggan Slide Revisited

Every year that it's possible the Fire Department in Eagles Mere (PA) closes a street and builds a toboggan slide. The track is 1/4 mile long and made of blocks of ice taken from the lake. Speeds of up to 45 miles per hour are possible--RADAR was used to check the speeds a couple of years ago. They rent the toboggans and you can ride as many times as you wish during the 1 hour rental period. You are guaranteed at least two rides.

I've been working on documenting this event for several years now with limited success. Either the weather or my schedule or both have prevented me from being able to do much with this project. This year I was lucky enough to learn that they were building the slide today. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and I won't be tied up next weekend for the opening. Given that this has become a multi-year project expect more updates in the next few years.

The volunteers cut blocks of ice from the lake. Then they "herd" the ice towards the elevator/conveyor.

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The conveyor drops the blocks of ice onto trailers for delivery to the area where the slide is being built.

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Once the blocks are on the ground they are dragged and nudged into place.

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This is a photo from last year that shows the partially finished track--the grooves for the runners haven't been cut into it yet.

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With luck; to be continued....

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