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Water ride refurbishment

Winter at Garmendale always brings in some of our most interesting work and for the last few years, we have completed a number of water ride refurbishment projects. The latest one to arrive at the workshop looks in a slightly sorry state but that’s more......

A Passion for Metal Fabrication

We're passionate about Metal Fabrication. It has been at the heart of our culture and the centre of our business for over 50 years. We live and breathe it....

Another great IAAPA Show

Another IAAPA is over and the team are tired and heading home. It’s been a hugely successful show with more visitors and more enquiries than ever before.  We launched our brand new ride ‘Kai’s Sky Masters’ for Legoland Japan and we showcased our whole range......

Kai’s Sky Masters – Legoland Japan

Welcome to our most recent ride. The brand new Lego Ninjago themed ride, designed, built and installed for Legoland in Japan.  The ride, called Kai’s Sky Masters was designed and built in-house by the Garmendale Engineering team and completed in just under nine months. It......

Snowdon Mountain Railway – Six years later

The Snowdon Mountain Railway is a narrow gauge rack and pinion railway in the UK and winds through spectacular scenery to take visitors the 4.7miles from Llanberis to the 1,085m Summit of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. In 1894, work began on the construction......

See you in Paris at IAAPA Europe

It’s that time of year again when the whole team pack up and take themselves off to the shows in Europe and the US. This year, EAS has been re-branded to become the IAAPA Expo Europe and it’s being held in Paris at the Porte......

We continue to innovate

We have designed an entirely new electric car track retention system design made from a mix of steel and a new polypropylene compound that is a total game changer. ...

The Planes are flying home to Oakwood Theme Park Aerodrome

Here’s a sneak preview of some of the planes from the Aerodrome Ride at Oakwood Theme Park having been completely refurbished and repainted.  Each of the planes has been totally stripped down, before priming and painting.  They have been repainted in a new suite of......

We think we’re turning Japanese

Over recent months, the Garmendale team have been slowly turning Japanese. It's a new market for us and we have just completed one of our best rides to date. ...

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

At Garmendale, we have created train rides since the 1980s. Our range of electric cars have been delivering fun and excitement for kids at both Legoland Windsor and Sundown Adventureland for many years. But finally we have some planes to add to our collection. The......

Balfour Beatty Rail Chassis, Refurbished and back on track

Balfour Beatty Rail is a seriously impressive business that is changing the face of UK rail transport. Established more than 100 years ago, their work covers all aspects of rail infrastructure for track, electrification, civils and power supply systems. They also have a quite remarkable......

Merry Christmas from the Garmendale team

Christmas time is upon us again and after a hectic year we are ready for a short shutdown to recover and prepare for the year ahead. We hope your own year has been as successful and you are entering 2019 refreshed and ready to go.......

Railway Chassis Refurbishment

At Garmendale, we work on some very interesting engineering projects and this latest one is no exception. It’s the first of four railway chassis refurbishment jobs we are undertaking. Garmendale made their name in their early years around 1980-1990 designing and building railway engines and......

Megafobia Roller Coaster Refurbishment for Oakwood Theme Park

At Garmendale, we love theme park ride refurbishment, so when we were asked by Oakwood Theme Park to help them refurbish the trains on the Megafobia Roller Coaster, we literally jumped at the chance. Megafobia has been voted the UK’s number-one wooden rollercoaster numerous times since......

See you at IAAPA 2018

The team from Garmendale will once again be at IAAPA 2018 in Florida. To give it its full title, the IAAPA Attractions Expo is the largest international trade show for the amusements and attractions industry. This year there will be over 1,100 exhibitors, who exhibit......

Wayne Ford Joins Garmendale as Technical Project Manager

Wayne Ford has joined Garmendale Theme Park Engineering as the Technical Project Manager. He has joined the business from Stage One UK, having been at WGH Transportation for over 21 years before that. Wayne, who is married with three young children is 43 and lives......

The solution to a growing team is a growing office

When your team is growing, you need the offices to grow with you, so we took the opportunity whilst some of the team were away at EAS in Amsterdam last week to extend the design office to be double its original size. It won’t be......

At the Euro Attractions Show Amsterdam 2018

The EAS Show is underway and the halls are busy with interested trade visitors and just a few consumers wanting to find out what’s big and upcoming in the future of the theme park industry. Speaking to Kelvin Ensor, Garmendale’s General Manager he said “The show......

See you at EAS 2018 Stand 1-1039 RAI Amsterdam

Once again we will be taking the team to RAI Amsterdam – one of our favourite locations for EAS to showcase our new and most popular ride systems. This year we will have three separate exhibits. All of which are new, and we think pretty......

Rhino Race for Chessington World of Adventures Resort

The White Rhino is one of the biggest and heaviest living, land-based animals in the world. The male weighs in at around 2,300kg (around the same as a new Range Rover). Their front horn can grow as long as 1500mm and when they start to......

Finish Line signage for Ascot Racecourse

Ascot Racecourse is one of the leading racecourses in the UK and hosts 26 days of top class racing, including nine Group 1 Flat Races. The course itself was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne, when the first race, “Her Majesty’s Plate” took place with......

Joel Wright and the Electrical Test Centre

Joel Wright has joined the team as an Electrical Engineer. Joel, who is 24, lives in Long Eaton with his wife. With a father who is an electrician too, his training started very young, when he began helping out on sites, the day after he left......

Electrical and pneumatic test and assembly area

We’ve been busy over the Christmas break and are well on the way to completing the design and construction of a new electrical and pneumatic test, repair and assembly area. It’s another sign of the growth of the business that we have run out of clean working......

That was 2017 – A year in review at Garmendale

2016 was a very big year for Garmendale as the business grew and developed our range of rides for theme parks and attractions. Well, we’re delighted to report in this 2017 review that this year has been even more successful and we have made further......

The apprentice that engineers theme park rides

Last week (December 6th 2017) saw the launch of the 2018 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. It is a global £1 million prize that celebrates a ground-breaking innovation in engineering and aims to encourage younger people to enter the engineering industry. Much of the talk......

Seasonal Closure at Garmendale

It’s approaching that time of year when the team are allowed to head home for a winter rest, so we wanted to let you know our closing times during December. Officially we close at 17.00 on Friday 22nd December and return fully refreshed and ready......

Finishing metal with a vibratory tumbler

One of the unusual machines we have in a quiet corner of the workshop is a vibratory tumbler. It’s like a great big potato rumbler for metal parts and was designed and manufactured in Coventry, UK. Our man Dick who has refurbished the vibratory tumbler......