Photo credit: J. Whelan, Montreal, 2008

Le Galopant carousel at La Ronde

Click on the "on air" image for merry-go-round audio of the carousel

"Le Galopant consists of a steam engine and a chimney that acts as a rotation axis and supports the carousel roof. Originally, the steam engine drove the roof spokes via ball bearings and the cars were guided on rails thanks to the rotation effect and pull rods. Axles under each car transferred the movement to the horses and gondolas. Although the steam engine is still visibly in place, the carousel now operates on an electric engine." -- source: "Enter the world of Galopant," La Ronde website.