In theory it is possible to plot the progress of fairground ride development through the 19th century until, roughly, 1914 and the outbreak of World War I. During this period it was all essentially swings and roundabouts.
The advent of electical power and the innovative technology that came with it changed all this and rides became more varied, with more and more manufacturers (both at home and abroad) entering the market as the leisure industry expanded.
Trying to plot this explosion of creativity is an impossible job, so – apart from some major rides described elsewhere – this page explores some of the more significant machines that have come and gone since the demise of the Scenic Railway in the 1920s. The images here will jog a few memories and this page is for those who have stood and stared, yet forgotten it all before getting home.