Plough

Plough
Plough (Loudoun Castle) 2014 01.jpg
Plough standing but not operating in 2014
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Loudoun Castle
Location Galston, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK
Status Standing but not operating
Operated 2005 to 2010
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Lightwater Valley
Location Ripon, North Yorkshire, England, UK
Operated 1998 to 2004
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Dreamland Margate
Location Margate, Kent, England, UK
Operated 1985 to 1996
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Attractiepark Slagharen
Location Slagharen, Overijssel, Netherlands
Operated 1970s to ?
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Travelling
Location Germany
Operated 1971 to 1970s
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Manufacturer Schwarzkopf
Product Apollo 14
Height 78.7 feet
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The Plough (formerly known as Apollo 14) is a chair-o-planes ride. It is currently standing but not operating at Loudoun Castle in Scotland, UK.

History[edit | edit source]

This attraction debuted in 1971.[1][2] It was owned by the company Beuermann of Germany[3] and is one of two Apollo 14 rides built by Schwarzkopf. It originally consisted of individual "landing pods" in five groups of four, which moved up and down and also in circles, similar to the movement of a Ferris Wheel. Apollo 14 proved to be uneconomical as a travelling ride and was sold to Ponypark (now called Attractiepark Slagharen) in the Netherlands.[4]

For some time the ride operated beside the other Apollo 14, which had by this time been converted to a chair-o-planes.[4][5]

In the 1980s, the ride was moved to Dreamland Margate which was also owned by Bembom Brothers at the time. For 1991, this unit was converted to a chair-o-planes, like its twin, repainted and renamed Heatwave.[6] It closed in 1996 and was subsequently leased to Lightwater Valley, where it operated from 1998 to 2004 as Orbiter. It was moved once again, this time to Loudoun Castle another amusement park owned by Bembom Rides. It opened under the new name Plough and operated from 2005 to the closure of the park in 2010. It remains standing but not operating.

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