Monorails of the World: A History of Passenger Monorails 
by David Voice
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ISBN Number: 9781874422815
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 96
Publication Date: June 2010
Publisher: Adam Gordon

A 96-page book chronicling the history of monorails.

In this book monorails are classified into one of two main categories: the supported monorail and the suspended monorail.

The history of monorails has four branches:

  • Industrial
  • Novelty
  • Urban public transport
  • Inter-city public transport.

This book covers all four categories in great detail, and is packed full of colour and black & white pictures.

For Joyland readers, the most interesting category is probably novelty, where the book traces the history of novelty monorails from 1830 when the first novelty monorail opened in the London Panarmonium Gardens to entertain visitors. The book states: "Novelty monorails are usually found in amusement parks and zoos. They give a slow journey at a height usually unavailable to the public, and in zoos are able to travel across animal enclosures allowing unparalleled views of the animals. Frequently the route is a loop, ending up at the start and the purpose is purely pleasure."

The book includes monorails at Butlin's, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Shipley Glen, Tibidabo, Riverside Amusement Park, Busch Gardens, Carowinds, Phantasialand, Slagharen and many more, with numerous stunning and little-seen photographs.

Click here to download the front and back covers in high resolution PDF format.

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