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It is well over 50 years since I first read Unusual Railways. Since then all forms of guided transport have been of interest, especially monorail. As yet I have to make a model but have plenty of ideas.

Talking recently to one of the original team that put together Milton Keynes I learnt that they proposed a monorail system but the car lobby stopped that. He got trips to France and the USA checking out their various trial systems at the time.

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Popped in a few years back and saw it. Interestingly on the way back from Cambridge where I think the track was. I beleive there is a line of radio telescopes along the track line.

 

The linear motor was made by English Electric. I remember seeing it the factory leaning against the wall. They invested in a large autoclave to get the insulation on it. I had only just started there so was never involved or knew any details.

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Monorails and non-rail systems that I've seen or travelled on:

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Wuppertal Schwebebahn or Suspension Railway - this German system dates from 1901 and recently acquired new rolling stock, This is the 1970s stock I remember.

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Singapore - Bukit Panjang LRT using Bombardier built cars similar to those at Gatwick and Stansted airports.

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Singapore Changi International Airport - Mitsubishi built 'Skytrain' system linking all three terminals with central area both airside and landside.

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   Singapore - Hitachi built 'Sentosa Express' monorail linking Sentosa Island entertainment resort with Singapore.

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UK - The Tracked Hovercraft Ltd Maglev test car RTV 31 in a sorry state at Railworld, Peterborough. in reality, everything there is in a sorry state.

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One of the original Birmingham Airport Maglev cars at NRM, York.

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The 'horizontal funicular' replacement for the Birmingham Airport - Birmingham International Link.

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Yes it is a form of monorail - A 'Walking Crane' preserved inside the former Swindon Works, now the Designer Centre.

It ran from a single rail at the top and a single rail on the ground.

 

On 5/13/2015 at 3:18 PM, wahiba said:

Popped in a few years back and saw it. Interestingly on the way back from Cambridge where I think the track was. I beleive there is a line of radio telescopes along the track line.

 

The linear motor was made by English Electric. I remember seeing it the factory leaning against the wall. They invested in a large autoclave to get the insulation on it. I had only just started there so was never involved or knew any details.

That is the Lords Bridge Observatory which uses the old Lords Bridge railway station on the Oxford-Cambridge line as their control centre and exhibition centre and the former railway route eastwards has 20ft gauge track with some radio telescopes moving along it when required. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mullard_Radio_Astronomy_Observatory

Dave

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The Listowel and Ballybunion Railway

I have already posted this elsewhere and I suspect I might be told that this is not really a mono-rail. The railway has fascinated me for some time .  I hope this post is of interest on this thread. 

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2018/12/31/the-listowel-and-ballybunion-railway

I have just purchased "Monorails of the 19th Century" by Adrian S. Garner, (Lightmoor Press) I am looking forward to reading it in the next few weeks.

 

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