'Centrifugal Railway', Manchester, 1850s.
2 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 14cm

'Centrifugal Railway', Manchester, 1850s.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Engraving made after the model by Mr Roberts of Sharp Roberts & Co. The Grand Centrifugal Railway was an early rollercoaster, designed and constructed by Dean & Esplin. It consisted of 'two circles 80 feet in circumference' and the participants sat in sledges for the ride, as depicted here.

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