>> > well, the ride at LaRonde was manufactured by Willy Buhler LTC, not
>> > sure if it was sold by Intamin or not, never heard of them before.
>> > Most of the single level cabin Observation Towers were manufactured by
>> > Waagner Biro and sold though Intamin.
>> Creative googling tells me Buhler was responsible for Astrotower at
>> Coney Island also. Oklahoma State Fair has another one, though it
>> hasn't operated since the 2009 state fair, but still stands. The
>> Rotterdamn Euromast has yet another that was plunked on top. More
>> googling says Von Roll bought the company, possibly in 1975. I don't
>> see any association with Waagner Biro.
> That would make sense (Von Roll buying the company) as many firms do
> this mainly for service/spare parts business. But 1975 the regional
> theme park construction era was in full swing also, so new sales were
> a strong possibility also.
Interesting. The Cedar Point tower went up in...what...1965? I'm
trying to recall, but while I have always heard it referred to as a Von
Roll tower, the most visible nameplate in the cabin was for CWA
Constructions. That would be Carrosseriewerke Aarburg AG, which I
presume, like Gebrueder Jhle for Mack, was the coachbuilder for the
gondola. CWA's name plate is on the Sky Ride gondolas at Cedar Point as
well, along with the Von Roll logo.
In answer to the earlier question about the difference between the
Intamin and Von Roll towers...the most obvious difference is that the
Von Roll towers are generally taller and have the double-deck gondolas,
and the Intamin towers (built by Waagner-Biro, whose amu***t ride
division was, I believe, finally purchased by Intamin) are single deck.
The most obvious difference, of course, is that they were built by
different manufacturers, one of whom is still in the tower business.
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