Century-Old Spins: Final Assembly Underway For Salisbury Beach Carousel

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SALISBURY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Salisbury is wrapping up the installation of a 1910 carousel with even a crew member flying in to oversee the operation.

Considered one of the nation's foremost authorities on carousel restoration, Todd Goings of Ohio says he's working with the Salisbury Beach Partnership to put the final pieces in place for the Mangles flying horse ride, identical to the one that stood there until the 1970's.

"Working on something that's this old and asking it to do what it did when it came out of the factory originally— that's the challenge. It's got a push-to-go button and it goes around and around, and then not only the lights light up, peoples' faces light up at the same time," Goings said.

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The ride is expected to open on the summer solstice, in late June.

"Kudos to the folks that designed this, put it together, and fulfilled the dream of getting it here. They are not many of them left, truly saving a carousel is amazing," Goings said.

WBZ's Kendall Buhl reports.

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