ᵗᵒᵒᵗ ᵗᵒᵒᵗ ᵃˡˡ ᵃᵇᵒᵃʳᵈ ᵗʰᵉ ᵐᶦⁿᶦʳᵃᶦˡ

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

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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

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@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 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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