Monorails at Five Surprising Amusement Parks

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  1. James says:

    As someone who drives a real Monorail for a living, the -thing- at Little Amerricka… is *not* a Monorail. It’s clearly on 2 rails and is just an elevated train/car whatever you wanna call it…..but I still rode it.

    Real Monorails that could have been listed as a better choice would be The Skyway Sleigh at Santas Village (NH) or Sky Rider at Wonderland Amusement Park (TX)

  2. Tim says:

    I wouldn’t get too caught up in “strict” definitions of the term monorail. Looking at images of the Sky Rider in Texas there are three distinct rails. Most suspended monorails – except the Wupperthal and Dresden Schwebebahns – have two horizontal and two vertical running surfaces even though they are made from the interiors walls of the same slotted square tube.

    The Monorail Society’s definition is narrow singular guideway with trains wide than the guideway. That’s the least worst definition I think there is. I think we could add that railroads have conical railheads and conical wheels

  3. Tim says:

    I’ve found another one you should have: Flying Galleons at Morey’s Piers.
    As a suspended monorail it is particularly rare.

    There are also four versions of “Snoopy’s Rocket Express” around the US (Valley Fair, Worlds of Fun, Kings Dominion, Dorney Park) which are just as much monorails as the one at Little Amerrika.

    • Nick says:

      Thanks Tim! Yeah, the question is really becoming where is the line between what is considered a monorail versus an elevated railway. I also saw Morey’s has the Seagull Cycles ride – do you count that as a monorail? What about Disney’s Peter Pan Rides? According to Coasterpedia, Kings Island’s “Woodstock Whirlybirds is a Monorail built by Dutch manufacturer Caripro” but it’s more of an elevated scenic ride to me.

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