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The article doesn't say much about the history of the wheel itself.
It is clearly designed to be able to be broken down and transported by road. It is also remarkably similar (down to the presence of a single VIP car with a glass floor) to an observation wheel temporarily erected in Birmingham a few years ago. If I'm not mistaken, that wheel came to Birmingham second-hand from Paris after the Millenium (if London has a Millenium Wheel, so must Paris :-)).
So is this a brand-new wheel, perhaps to the same design as the Birmingham one. Or is it the same wheel, re-erected on a new site. Anybody know?. -- Chris j wood 13:06, 4 October 2007 (UTC)
Ok, I think I've partially answered my own question here, by reference to the WP articles Roue de Paris and Wheel of Birmingham. It looks like the owners, World Tourist Attractions Ltd. have owned at least three portable wheels of similar design. The first started in Paris, then visited Birmingham, Amsterdam and Manchester, and is now in Bangkok. The second replaced the first in Birmingham, but has now moved to Australia. The third is the one currently in York.
However the articles are not entirely consistent, and there is no positive information that the current York wheel was new there. So more information is still needed to update the WP articles. -- Chris j wood 13:41, 4 October 2007 (UTC)
FWIW - the one that was in Bangkok has now moved elsewhere (I witnessed its removal, but I don't know where it's gone). 184.108.40.206 (talk) 07:12, 26 March 2008 (UTC)