Carousel at Pottstown gets its balance back

POTTSTOWN — The Carousel at Pottstown closed Sunday, April 24, for mechanical maintenance. After spinning for over five years and providing several hundred thousand rides, the carousel had lost its balance.

Volunteer Van Dey Scott and consultant Jim Jones, seated, take a breather during the long and strenuous modifications.(Submitted Photo)

Carousel Consultant Jim Jones, formerly of Carousel Works of Ohio, joined Carousel at Pottstown’s certified technicians, B. J. Peterman, Mark Saylor, Nick Buttaro, and Steve Petrelli in rebalancing the restored 1905 Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel.

Along with Carousel Marketing Director Chris Rowe and longtime volunteers Van Dey Scott and Alan MacBain, the crew painstakingly raised or lowered each of the eighteen individual sections that are suspended from a massive central pole which leveled the carousel’s deck and animals.

Lead Carousel technician B. J. Peterman, on ladder, sets the measure on The Carousel at Pottstown with an assist from Carousel Consultant Jim Jones.(Submitted Photo)

A weekend date, normally open to the public, was chosen only to allow as many of the crew as possible to assemble for the monumental task. The Carousel is now back in action, open to the public Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 4 p.m. at 30 West King St. in Pottstown.

“The ride now runs smoother and quieter than ever, and that’s on the level, ” quipped lead tech B. J. Peterman after completing the work.

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