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Water Chute (Wicksteed Park)
The oldest working ride in the UK
About this creation
Wicksteed Park is an amusement park in Kettering, England. Its history can be traced before the First World War when Charles Wicksteed purchased a tract of land in Northamptonshire with the intention of building a model village.

In 1926 Charles Wicksteed built the Water Chute. It consists of a narrow track, a large boat and a boarding tower. When the passengers are safely secured in the boat it is sent down the track and into the lake. When it reaches the end it is hauled back into the station using a winch.

The Water Chute is the oldest working ride in the UK and, although two others exist, the one in Kettering is the only one that operates on a regular basis. The Lego Water Chute is not 100% accurate but it does include a motor that hauls it back into the station.

A video of the Lego Water Chute in operation can be seen at:

An overall view of the Water Chute. This photograph shows the boarding tower (at right), the black staircase that hugs the side of the tower and the boat in the station before it departs.

The boarding station and the boat prior to its departure

Although slightly blurred this photograph shows the motor (large grey block) that hauls the boat back into the station. The motor wheel can be seen attached to the grey block along with the switch for the battery box (centre bottom).

The red pole in the centre of the picture is used to push the boat down the track.

The most difficult aspect of building the Lego Water Chute was getting the boat to move down the track at an appropriate speed.
If it was too slow it looked unrealistic and if it was too fast (which was the problem as the boat was heavy) it crashed.
The solution was the mechanical winch that hauls the boat back into the station. The motor provides enough tension to allow the boat to go at an appropriate speed. And by limiting the length of the cable that holds it the boat never comes off the track.

A closer view of the boarding station with the black staircase and the boat halfway down the track


 I like it 
  June 24, 2012
lol, I love lego and how realistic that looks!:)
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Spencer The Soccer Player
  August 24, 2010
Quite brillant really. The wench makes it even better. Ill have to see how it looks in action when i find the time, due to the fact you dont have an actual link to the video. But otherwise the Build is good and i'm surprised more people havent commented and seen it. Well done mate.
 I like it 
  August 24, 2010
Sweet I like how you used the old track keep it up.~Ford
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  August 24, 2010
cool! I like how you put the people in it! could you comment on this please
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