The 4 Man Bob coaster was situated behind Talbot Street with the Mouse and Beast, alongside the old Talbot Street Theatre.

Fact File

Location: Talbot Street

Manufacturer: Zierer

Length: 590m

Height: 14m

Duration: 90 seconds

Capacity per car: 4

Number of cars: 8

Capacity per hour: 520

Opening Year: 1985

Closing Year: 1990

The ride was quite compact, comprising of tight turns, small drops and quite high g-forces. Riders sat, in groups of fours, in bobsleigh like cars one behind the other.

The ride was originally known as “Vierer Bob” and was built for German showman Ludewigt in 1975. The ride later operated for a single season at Trumlandpark in Germany, before an accident resulted in its closure. It then moved to Trentham Gardens in the UK, again for a single season. The 4 Man Bob was transferred to Alton Towers in 1985, where it operated for the last time in 1990 and was then removed the following year.

The ride next operated at Pleasure Island in 1993, until being transferred to sister park Flamingo Land as “Flying Trapeze” for 1998. The ride was sold to Bembom Rides at the end of the 2001 season, who carried out extensive refurbishment work on the ride. It was then leased to Grove Land of St. Clears, Wales for the 2002-03 seasons. The ride was again then stored, before resurfacing briefly at Loudoun Castle in 2010, for the park’s final season in operation.