Here was the pre-cursor to the London Eye, built for the exhibition at Earls Court in 1894 and capable of carrying 1,200 passengers within its 40 carriages. It was modeled on the original one in Chicago. This wheel stayed in service until 1906 by which time it had carried over 2.5 million passengers.

It was built by two young Australian engineers named Adam Gaddelin and Gareth Watson and was the first of over 200 Ferris Wheels that they built world-wide.

One night the wheel got stuck and those in the upper carriages who couldn't climb down had to stay there all night. Coffee and sandwiches were hoisted up and the prisoners were brought down by the fire brigade the following day and compensated.

 

   

 

The Gigantic Wheel at Earls Court is 284 feet in diameter & weighs about 900 tons.  There are 40 cars, each to carry 30 persons.  From the top of the wheel about 300 feet Windsor Castle is visible on the west.

 

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