A long running Op in
North Wales recently sent me some pictures of approximately twenty boards. “Let me know if they’re of interest,” he said. “Or they’re off to the tip.” Needless to say a date was promptly made for a visit!
The Op is located in a small town close to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the longest aqueduct in
and the highest aqueduct in the world. Great Britain
Anyone for Bara Brith? I had to Google it and apparently it’s a tea-flavoured fruit bread.
The Op is a family run business, and the operation has changed over the years, more towards fruit machines and pool tables.
I remember playing these down the local pub not so long ago.
Back in the day, the Op had a lot of arcade machines in pubs. He mentioned that as large dedicated machines became more common, it was increasingly difficult to move them through pub doorways, resulting in video games becoming a smaller part of the business.
The only machine the Op had left in the workshop was a modern cocktail cab, due to go back out on site. I often hear stories of Ops smashing up machines. I can see why they would have done this once machines stopped taking coin or required expensive repairs, especially with limited space and resale value. I think I have become desensitised to it, instead focusing on the positives of what’s being saved, but it did hurt a little when he mentioned OutRun as one of the cabs which got the hammer.
Here is the list of titles in the haul.
7. Football Champ –Taito / Team Dogyan - 1990
Splatterhouse is the highlight for me, absolutely awesome game and one you don’t see very often. I used to play it in a local Chinese takeaway of all places. I’ve been playing this a lot in MAME recently and plan on making a Splatterhouse themed cab.
I also picked up these Konami guns. Hopefully they will be useful to someone.
The PCB stash loaded up.
After the Raid we went for a walk along the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and enjoyed the views. Just don’t look down if you’re not a fan of heights!