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Where: Northern Ireland, Down, United Kingdom

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When: 01 January 1890

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We have a lovely photo to kick off the week from the Eblana Collection, our catalogue tells us we are in Newcastle Co Down and we see what looks like a very early roller coaster, what more can you tell us about this photo?

Abandoned railways tells us that this is a rack and pinnion rollercoaster and that, once the riders reach the camera, gravity (and a switch in the rail) will carry them back down on the other side. Gratefully for them, facing forward on their way over those "waves" (that might still loosen their respective luncheons....)


Photographers: Unknown

Collection: Eblana Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1870-1890. Perhaps before 1896

NLI Ref: EB_1671

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    Foxglove

    • 08/Apr/2019 08:01:24

    and room for six people ! The Russians first developed "rollercoasters", built into snow/icy hills the two in the carriage have a posture indicating apprehension :-)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Apr/2019 08:28:11

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove Agree, it does not look the safest!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/Apr/2019 08:51:09

    There is another Eblana double photo of the beach at low tide, with a very convenient "1892" written in stone pebbles - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000561032 . Might help with the background buildings ... *Thank heavens for beachcombers!*

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Apr/2019 09:10:14

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Thank heavens again.

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    abandoned railways

    • 08/Apr/2019 09:15:26

    These riders are heading towards the camara. This is a Rack & Pinion Rollercoaster, and they are heading to the highest point, where they will switch lanes and gravity will do the rest, and they will be facing in the right direction.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/Apr/2019 10:22:27

    Streetview - goo.gl/maps/7upMWbw5LWL2 The photo must be before the Slieve Donard hotel (1896 start) seen on the right. Someone with local knowledge and newspapers will know better. www.iheem.org.uk/write/Documents/History_of_Slieve_Donard... I vote for 1892 !

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    steady deer

    • 08/Apr/2019 10:34:36

    Looks like fun, and very safe :)

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Apr/2019 12:32:43

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Pre H&S

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    Domhnallcos

    • 08/Apr/2019 16:03:05

    I would question beachcomber australia on 1896, as the photo is taken on the beach. The hotel, where Percy French wrote The Mountains of Mourne, is a good 50 m back from the beach.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/Apr/2019 22:02:38

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] You may well be right; I have no local knowledge and cannot find the old maps online, or any google reference to a switchback at Newcastle. There is a constant - the house with a balcony (see note) which is still there - goo.gl/maps/M442uympNxM2 - and shows up in this later Lawrence photo from the top of the Hotel tower. There is a three-storey terrace not evident in this photo (above) and extensive landscaping and a promenade - no sign of the switchback - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000557136

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 10/Apr/2019 08:53:27

    A bit of fun - the "R F" who scribbled on the sand in the companion photo mentioned above - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000561032 - might just be Robert French who was nearby at a similar time - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000334490 . See the bathing machine and stockade also seen in this photo. There are a couple of Lawrence/French undigitized photos which would be interesting to see - I wonder if they are related or even the original image? catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000347734 - "Switch-back Railway, Newcastle, Co. Down" and catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000347259 - "Rail-car on the switch-back, Newcastle, Co. Down"

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    abandoned railways

    • 11/Apr/2019 11:05:22

    There was a temporary Switchback railway at the Cork Exhibition 1902-03. corkheritage.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/s-l1600g-900x8... www.flickr.com/photos/abandonedrailsireland/32642869037/i...

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 17/Apr/2019 08:00:05

    Superb capture! Gorgeous image