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Keith Taylor

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Steam Monorail
« on: September 14, 2009, 11:12:04 AM »
Here is a web site showing a very ambitious project! Doing track maintenance must be a real nightmare on this line!
http://www.lartiguemonorail.com/

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Re: Steam Monorail
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2009, 08:58:45 PM »
Keith, that is one unusual engine. What an odd setup but obviously it worked for them. How fortunate that folks came forward to save the train.  Hmmm.  Sounds a bit like us at the WW&F.
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Re: Steam Monorail
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2009, 10:35:09 PM »
I believe that the locomotive and cars are replicas. In fact, the locomotive is a "steam outline" - and employs a different method for propulsion.
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Re: Steam Monorail
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2009, 10:36:35 AM »
It says the engine is a replica, but is now deisel fired.

How do you measure the gauge on that?  It is a few inches or do you measure between the lower (guide?) rails?

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Re: Steam Monorail
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2009, 10:29:31 PM »
The USofA had two [2] monorail that I have heard of 1 in New York City that ran to an amuesment park. The second was in Califorina around Trona not too far from Death Valley. Anyone know of any others in the USofA? I have also heard that there is one [1] in India Someplace that is abandoin but still in place. Anybody know anything about it?

Glenn Christensen

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Re: Steam Monorail
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2009, 01:57:23 PM »
Hi,

My recollection is that the US had 2 steam monorail lines.  Neither of these were based upon the Lartigue patent.  One of these I don't remember at the moment, but the other was the Bradford & Foster Brook (aka the "Peg Leg" RR) which ran from Bradford to Gilmour, PA.  For more information check this URL: http://www.monorails.org/tMspages/History.html

The steam monorail line in India you mention was the Patalia Monorail system that ran in India's Punjab region.  The monorail trains used a steel wagon wheel that ran on the road to keep the train balanced.  Its 5 (4 steam) locos were all 0-3-0s.  Two of these trains were rescued, one is on display in Punjab and the other operates at the Rail Transport Museum in New Delhi.

For more on the Listowel & Balbunnion check out this URL: http://www.monorails.org/tMspages/Listowel.html


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Glenn

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Re: Steam Monorail
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2009, 06:15:38 PM »
Glann,

Are you perhaps thinking of the Meigs monorail, here in Massachusetts?

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meigs_Elevated_Railway

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Re: Steam Monorail
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2009, 07:02:46 PM »
Hey there, John,

Good to hear from you!!!!!  I hope you're doing well!

No, I had never heard of the Meigs Elevated Railway until you sent me your post!  So you've just introduced me to a THIRD steam monorail line that operated in the US!!!! 

But your response DID get me thinking.  The second US steam monorail line was an experimental line built by none other than the Portland Company to the design of a fellow named Moody Boynton in 1889.  It was called the "Boynton Bi-cycle Railway."  Words cannot to justice to the photograph of the locomotive!  It featured a single 8-foot drive wheel slung between two parallel boilers with a cab and tender, following Forney-style on a two wheel truck, making the locomotive a 0-1-2!  The test was termed a "success".  There is a nice write-up on Mr, Boynton's invention in the book "Yankees Under Steam" published in 1970 by "Yankee" magazine.


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Keith Taylor

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Re: Steam Monorail
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2009, 10:16:19 AM »
Here is a link to another steam monorail, this one a YouTube Video of a Welsh set up.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o30FDVe92fY
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Re: Steam Monorail
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2009, 02:15:51 PM »
Hi Keith,

It was good chatting you at the WW&F a few weeks ago!  Nice to finally meet you in person!

Nice link, good alternate links to the other monorails we've talked about too.

Please stay in touch!


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Glenn