POTTSTOWN – The carousel in Potstown is closed on Sunday, April 24 for mechanical maintenance. After the carousel spun for more than five years and provided several hundred thousand trips, the carousel lost its balance.
Carousel consultant Jim Jones, formerly of Carousel Works of Ohio, joined Carousel at Pottstown Certified Technicians, BJ Peterman, Mark Saylor, Nick Buttaro and Steve Petrelli, in rebalancing the restored 1905 Philadelphia Carousel Toboggan Company. Together with Carousel Marketing Director Chris Rowe and long-time volunteers Van Day Scott and Alan McBain, the crew carefully raised or lowered each of the eighteen individual sections that hung from a massive central pillar that lined the deck of the carousel and animals.
The day off, usually open to the public, was chosen only to get as many crew members as possible to perform the monumental task. The carousel is back in action, open on Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 4pm at 30 West King Street Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
“Now the trip is smoother and quieter than ever, and it’s on par,” – said the leading technician B.J. Peterman after work.