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ᵗᵒᵒᵗ ᵗᵒᵒᵗ ᵃˡˡ ᵃᵇᵒᵃʳᵈ ᵗʰᵉ ᵐᶦⁿᶦʳᵃᶦˡ

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the aesthetic of Japanese suspended monorails particularly, which mostly seem to look like 1970s betamax players, is so So Fucking Choice

img source:
tokyorailwaylabyrinth.blogspot

update! in happy news, the oldest suspended monorail in the world (Wuppertaler Schwebebahn, 1901) and the first suspended monorail in Japan (Shonan Monorail, 1970) are friends

source of this scoop:
twitter.com/dalbam26/status/10

@paralithode they remind me of caterpillars scoot scooting around :3

@paralithode hmm is this the one that goes over like, really corporate downtown Tokyo? i think i've ridden it

there's another one in tachikawa west of Tokyo too, i forget if it's suspended or not

@amphetamine I think that particular one is on the en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiba_Ur I remember reading that Tokyo at least has a lot of successful regular-way-up monorails, and a small suspended monorail at Ueno zoo :>

@paralithode my first reaction was, “that looks like it’s upside down!”

I mean, obviously it’s not, but it’s something about the shape...

@Satsuma I think so, I suppose it's probably a simple way to make them slightly more aerodynamic? :'>

@paralithode yeah probably. Definitely adds to the ‘its upside down’ effect though

@Satsuma yepp :'3 you know I kept thinking about it & I bet it's also to lessen the pendulum effect of turning corners

@paralithode do u know why they build monorails like this, the train in the bottom not on top of the rail

@celeste I think the main reason they're useful in specific contexts is that, because the suspended monorail is hanging down like a pendulum weight from its track, it can easily sway out to the sides when taking a relatively sharp bend without coming off the rail. That means its easier for suspended monorail than either light rail or conventional monorail to follow e.g the course of a road or a river, as seen here, & add transport infrastructure w/o heavy disruption to existing urban areas.

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