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Re: Old UK slot machine located Picadilly Circus

Postby malcymal » Fri Nov 28, 2008 2:20 pm

Ah yes, I was supposed to be doing this wasn't I??? Doh..... I will get down to Pagham amusements as soon as I can with camera.
There are two classics in there, the Streets Wheel Em In and another machine called Colorama which is a big roulette wheel with a large rubber ball. Bet on red and blue for 2, green for 4, yellow for 6 and white for 10. I have a memory like a Swiss cheese, full of holes...
I will try asking the owner if he can undo the back of machine... will wait and see. Malc

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Re: Old UK slot machine located Picadilly Circus

Postby pennymachines » Fri Nov 28, 2008 2:26 pm

That would be fantastic Malc - we all wanna see the Wheel-Em-In's innards!

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Re: Old UK slot machine located Picadilly Circus

Postby slotalot » Fri Nov 28, 2008 2:47 pm

Yes, I second that :D , always wondered how it worked :!?!: ...

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Re: Old UK slot machine located Picadilly Circus

Postby malcymal » Sat Nov 29, 2008 4:16 pm

You might have to give the guy honorary membership, he's been there for at least 30 years at the arcade. Last time I heard he wasn't well and his wife and son were running it. My next free evening is Wednesday, I will try and pop by there on the way home from work. Malc

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Streets Wheel Em In and Streets Colourama

Postby malcymal » Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:02 pm

At long last,
Streets Wheel Em In from Pagham Amusements, Bognor Regis:



Streets Wheel Em In:



Very rare now, Streets Colorama, one of only four machines left that are in working operation in the UK, see the Brenco Ring Vender top left of pic??



A gaggle of Bally's still in operation:




I had a pleasant day in the amusements, playing the Colorama and the Wheel Em In. The Wheel Em In was given to the owner 25 years ago from Havant Amusements, Hant. I also played their selection of Bally's. The owner told me they make a lot of income from these old machines as the local holiday campers just love the old equipment more than the new stuff. We are giving a Bally to him which will become a fully working machine for all and sundry to have fun with. Enjoy...any questions, fire away. Malc

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Re: Wheel Em In identified at Picadilly Circus

Postby cleantex » Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:38 pm

Thanks to have given me information about the running auction on ebay :
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/220950164261? ... 1438.l2649

I asked the owner about some photos from the inner mechanics, but the machine is closed and too heavy for him to move.
I will continue to look after this, there is already a bid and I will try to contact the new happy owner in some times,
I really wish that after all this time finally we will see the inner construction of this machine. !!COOEE!!

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Re: Wheel Em In identified at Picadilly Circus

Postby slotalot » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:40 am

I see the Streets Wheel-Em-In went for a respectable price. If I had the room I might have given it a go. I hope that if the winner is a forum member, he will put us all out of our misery and post some photos of the mechanics... !WORSHIPFULL!
And good luck with the restoration, I am sure we all would like to see it working. !!THUMBSX2!!
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Re: Wheel Em In identified at Picadilly Circus

Postby cleantex » Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:14 pm

!!THUMBSX2!! !!THUMBSX2!!
Anyway the seller promised me to provide contact to the new owner.

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Re: Wheel Em In identified at Picadilly Circus

Postby pennymachines » Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:49 pm

That's good to know, Armand. Keep us informed. I'm as keen as you to see what's inside.
I didn't dare bid. It was a battle of the inner \|\/|/ !!DIABLO!! \|\/|/ (demons). I'm afraid the ones I share a house with won!

Clearly it's earlier than the one in the Pagham arcade, so must have been converted from old pennies to new. This couldn't be very easy. Presumably the belt would need narrower stripes too.

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Re: Wheel Em In identified

Postby badpenny » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:05 pm

I've always guessed it's as simple as three micro switches wired in series.
1st normally closed on first black line edge
2nd normally open in middle of white line
3rd same as 1st but on second black line edge.

So a coin in the white but not touching either black line will trigger the payout solenoid. If however the coin is out of the white, although it still trips the middle switch it will open one of the others thus isolating the payout switch in the middle..... no payout.

The ones that threw the coins at you down the glass top could have had some sort of belt or Archimedes screw that powered up when the coins in the payout got low and tripped a switch?

Alternatively it's smoke, mirrors, Crackerjack pencils and bacon rind. !!RAYOF!!


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