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anyway, the world is often hateful & profane, however recently I have taken some solace in these various cute photos of suspended monorails
I hope you can too
the aesthetic of Japanese suspended monorails particularly, which mostly seem to look like 1970s betamax players, is so So Fucking Choice
@amphetamine I think that particular one is on the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiba_Urban_Monorail 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 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.
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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