John Rea Sr.

Owner of Peluso Machine and Iron Works

John Rea Sr.


John Rea owned and operated Peluso Machine and Iron Works in Coney Island. From 1947 until his retirement, he repaired or worked on nearly every famous ride in Coney Island. He was on call 24 hours a day and could build any part for any ride, an important skill that saved numerous operators who could not afford down time in Coney Island's short season.