News Archive - 2011

September 2011

Blackpool Dungeons

Delve into Blackpool's most horrible history at The Blackpool Tower Dungeon - experience live actors, thrilling rides and exciting special effects. UK Loco Ltd were asked to produce all of the outside frontage whcih included the 3mtr high Grim Reaper along with gargoyles, executioners and fire effects.

May 2011

Nickleodeon Land Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach have just opened the first Nickleodeon-themed area in the UK. Covering 6 acres on the former Beaver Creek are: it features more than 14 rides and shows themed around popular Nickleodeon shows and characters.
The principle ride SpongeBob Splash Bash featuring SpongeBob, Squidwood, Patrick and Sandy Cheeks were all produced and installed by UK Loco Ltd along with the coral walls and the ride car paneling.

March 2011

The Tower of London

UK Loco Ltd were recently approached by Picsolve the world's leading ride photography company to commission a photographic opportunity within the Tower of London. Based on the client's vision UK Loco Ltd created and scenically painted a miniature Tower of London that is now located within the gift shop, giving guest a unique opportunity to have their photograph taken against a choice of digital backdrops at this historic site.

Febraury 2011

Evesham Observer - Pupils make the trip to UK Loco Limited

Abbey Park First School with part of the new SpongeBob ride for Nickleodeon Land Blackpool Pleasure Beach, photographed at UK Loco Ltd with Chief Operating Officer Alec McAndrew and Office Manager Lindsey Humphrey.

Youngters from a Pershore school spent a day out of the classroom and checked in for a behind the scenes look at a local business.
Year four pupils from Abbey Park First School on Abbey Road had a treat of a day on Wednesday(February 9th) by making the short trip to engineering firm UK Loco Ltd based on Main Road in Cropthorne.
The company, who make and provide attractions for the theme park and leisure industry, invited pupils to take a look around and to gain an insight into the work they do. The children we also shown demonstrations and got a chance to meet and speak to skilled workers.
David Johnson, head teacher at Abbey Park First School said: " the trip proved to be a very educational one for the children who learnt all about the materials the company use and it taught them about what kinds of jobs are available for them in the future. It was really good and we thank all the staff for donating their time to us".

January 2011

Babcock International Group, Marine and Technology Division

Babcock's Marine division is the major support partner to the Royal Navy. The division also provides services to customers in the civil marine markets and has one of the largest naval design capabilities in the UK. Babcock's future aircraft carrier project team is a member of the UK's Aircraft Carrier Alliance. It has responsibility for delivering a signifcant element of the Royal Navy's two new 65,000 tonne aircraft carriers, a task that requires strongly developed partnering skills and considerable engineering innovation.

UK Loco Ltd  were asked by Babcock Marine and Technology Division to design and build two bespoke material handling bogies, each capable of carrying 25 tons and to be battery powered that would last for an 8 hour shift, running on standard gauge rail. UK Loco Ltd used their vast knowledge in this field and came up with the design that would give Babcock’s that exact package. Pictured below are the two heavy duty bogies that are electrically powered utilising a 48 volt DC system driving two electrical motors through high reduction gearboxes. The material handling bogies are operated remotely using a wireless controller and an onboard charging system provides a fully regulated overnight charge