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Society: ASMEMain Category: Mechanical, MechanicalSub Category: Rail Transportation, EntertainmentEra: 1950-1959DateCreated: 1959DisneylandAnaheimState: CAZip: 92803Country: USAWebsite: Wenner-Gren, Axel, ALWEG
Disney engineers designed this monorail system based on the system developed by Axel Wenner-Gren of the Alweg Company in Cologne, West Germany. Wenner-Gren ran his experimental monorail in 1952 on a level track, and when adopted by Disney in 1959, it was designed to simulate the terrain typical of urban transit. Opening in 1959, the system has been in continuous operation as a passenger service carrying an average of 340,000 passengers a year and logging 10,000 miles. The original trains were replaced in 1969 and a new fleet introduced in 1987 to upgrade the existing chassis.
Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/prayitno (CC BY 2.0)Image Caption: Disneyland Monorail SystemEra_date_from: 1959
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