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.
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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