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Building the Bessemer Converter

Back in the 19th Century, bridges, buildings and any structural work could only be made with wrought or cast iron. Almost any machinery parts could only be made from cast iron too. The world was waiting for an alternative. Steel offered the solution, but the......

The Vampire Ride Evacuation Platform Installation

In our previous blog post we showed the evacuation platform being manufactured in our workshops. This has now been installed and the images below show this platform during this installation process. The platform sits between the first and second lifts and is there to help get......

2016 was a very big year for Garmendale

When we started Garmendale in 1980 we focussed on welding and general engineering. But over the years, the business has evolved and is now a firmly established second-generation family run theme park engineering business. Those years in the background, quietly mending and maintaining rides for......

Zoe Shelmerdine Joins the Board of The Themed Entertainment Association

  We are proud to announce that our Sales Director Zoe Shelmerdine has joined the Europe & Middle East Division Board of the Themed Entertainment Association. The Themed Entertainment Association was formed in 1991 to to promote and grow the visitor attractions industry. It is is the international membership......

Ilkeston RUFC Colts – Garmendale Sponsorship

We are proud to be involved with Ilkeston RUFC Colts as sponsors. We are shirt sponsors for the 2016/17 season and they have just kicked off the season with a good away win at Ashby. Colts rugby acts as a bridge between junior rugby and the......

Featured in FunWorld and InterPark

At  the launch of our new Dark Ride System – The QuadTrack at EAS in Barcelona, we had lots of press visits (which is always exciting) and the coverage has now started to roll in. Here’s a great piece in IAAPA’s FunWorld magazine in their ‘EAS......

We’re sponsoring the Vision XS Conference

Our friends at Vision XS are running their 13th Conference on December 7th and 8th, 2016 at Wallingford Sports Park. What makes this conference slightly different to others is that it is very much for the industry by the industry. At last years conference, there were speakers......

We’re off to EAS Barcelona

All the planning is complete, the cases are packed and the new dark ride is boxed and ready. We are off to the European Attractions Show (EAS) in Barcelona. We will be on Stand 833 throughout the show which runs from Tuesday September 20th through until Thursday......

A brand new theme park ride in construction – Part 1

We don’t often show this stage of construction on theme park rides, but this one is an interesting one for us, so we thought we would share it early and in progress. We are building a new ride for a major European attraction that’s due......

The LCC1 Tram leaves Garmendale

Five weeks to the day after it arrived, it’s gone again. The beautiful (and now beautifully mechanically restored) LCC1 Bluebird tram has left the Garmendale Works to return to Crich Tramway Village. When she arrived on 18th May, the bodywork was rotten and some of......

Download our Theme Park Images Wallpaper

We love what we do. We get to make, mend and ride around in theme parks. So we thought we’d share some of our work with you, so you could download it for your computer desktop. Each image is available in two sizes and they......

The John Fowler BB1 (Tiger) Ploughing Engine at Speed

This video has proven so popular on our Facebook page here that we thought we would share it here. It’s our very own  John Fowler BB1 (Tiger) Ploughing Engine that has been fully restored. When loaded with coal and water, it weighs 21 tons, so it’s no......

We’re Proud to welcome LCC1 into our workshop

All the way from the very local and brilliant Crich Tramway Village, we are delighted to welcome London County Council no.1, otherwise known as ‘Bluebird’ into our workshop for a complete overhaul. The overhaul, which we expect to take 4-6 weeks will see us completely......

Our new gigantic spraybooth

As part of our ongoing expansion and desire to offer more services to a higher standard, we are in the final stages of completing the build of our own jumbo spray booth at our UK HQ. When we say jumbo, we mean it, as it’s......

Deal 2016 review

We are just back from a great trip to Dubai for the Deal Show 2016. It’s our first time at the show and we took a small stand, which was very busy throughout the whole time the exhibition ran. The first visit of the trip was at Blooloop......

Garmendale – Always innovating

We have been involved in some amazing projects over the years (and some ridiculous ones too), but for us as engineers through and through, the ones we have had the most fun with are where we are presented with real technical challenges. Ideally ones that have......

Raising the standards in structural steelwork

This may not be the most exciting post we will ever write, but it’s certainly one of the most important. A new standard has been introduced for structural steel work which relates to the actual quality of how it’s made. It’s a CE mark for......