Category: Manufacturers Series

Minibus, Inc.

Tram services for amusement parks were a particularly popular concept for modern theme parks. This was due to the large size of parking lots necessary for such large parks. This is a look at one company that supplied trams for theme parks.  Minibus, Inc., was a transportation company based in southern California. It was founded

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Universal Mobility, Incorporated

Universal Mobility, Incorporated (UMI), was a company based out of Salt Lake City, Utah that existed from approximately 1967 to 1989. UMI was best known for constructing a handful of monorail systems in places such as Hershey, Pennsylvania, Magic Mountain in California, and the Louisiana World’s Fair in 1984. Other products UMI manufactured included tram

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Habegger Maschinenfabrik AG

Habegger Maschinenfabrik AG is a company in Thun, Switzerland. It was founded by Willy Habegger in 1943. They began manufacturing a type of monorail they were calling a “minirail” sometime in the early 1960s. At the time, the company was called Maschinenfabrik Habegger. European expositions 1964 – 66 The first monorail Habegger designed was for

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Bradley & Kaye Amusement Company

This is my regular Tuesday series about ride manufacturers who have made rides for Hersheypark. Today’s article is about Bradley & Kaye. Bradley & Kaye Amusement Co., was a ride manufacturer company which existed in Long Beach, California. The company was founded by Dave Bradley and Don Kaye when the duo purchased Beverly Park in 1945. They focused

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Wapello Fabrications Company, Inc.

This is my regular Tuesday series about ride manufacturers who have made rides for Hersheypark. Today’s article is about Wapello Fabrications Company.  Wapello Fabrications Company, Incorporated (WAFABCO), is based in Wapello, Iowa, and was founded by June Hardin. Hardin purchased a company in 1973 which eventually became Wapello Fabrications. The company produces kiddie inflatable rides, the kinds you could

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Larson International, Inc.

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This is my regular Tuesday series about ride manufacturers who have made rides for Hersheypark. Today’s article is about Larson International, Incorporated.   J & S Rides DBA Larson International, Inc., is a ride manufacturer from Plainview, Texas. Larson is best known for their ride, Fireball and the 22M Giant Loop. In 2011, Larson acquired Sellner Manufacturing, best known for

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Sellner Manufacturing Company

This is my regular Tuesday series about ride manufacturers who have made rides for Hersheypark. Today’s article is about Sellner Manufacturing Company.  Sellner Manufacturing Company, Inc., was a ride manufacturer based out of Faribault, Minnesota. The company was founded by Herbert W. Sellner in 1923, when Sellner created a water toboggan slide, and then began producing their

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