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Monorails of the 19th Century

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Monorails of the 19th Century


Adrian S. Garner

288 pages. 275x215mm. Printed on gloss art paper, casebound with printed board covers.

ISBN13 : 9781899889570

£24.99


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CONTENTS

Acknowledgements page 8
Notes page 9
Introduction page 11

Chapter 1 : Henry Robinson Palmer: Inventor of the first recorded monorail page 13
Royal Navy Victualling Yard Railway, Deptford, England page 13
Promotion in London, England page 13
Mr Gibb's Brickworks Railway, Cheshunt, England page 13
Proposed Tunbridge Wells, Snodland and Edenbridge Suspension Railway, England page 16
Wuppertal proposal, Germany page 17
Proposed line joining the City of New Orleans and Washington D.C., USA page 17
Hanging gates at the London Docks, England page 17

Chapter 2 : The forty year gap page 19
  • Sargeant's monorails, Boston, Massachusetts, USA page 19
  • Andraud's pneumatic monorail, Paris, France page 19
  • Parkhouse Haematite Ore Mine Railway, England page 20

    Chapter 3 : Rails at ground level page 23
  • The Larmanjat System page 23
    Raincy to Montfermeil Railway, France page 23
    Place du Roi de Rome demonstration, Paris, France page 24
    Buckhurst Hill trial, England and the Lisbon Steam Tramways debacle, Portugal page 26
  • The Addis System page 31
    Demonstration at Mr Addis's ironworks at Tannah, India page 32
    Callian Bunder to Callian and Mhyjee Fair Railways, India page 32

    Chapter 4 : The return of the 'A' frame page 35
  • Duchamp's monorail at the Exposition de Lyon, France page 35
  • Enter Mr Haddan page 35
    Alexandretta to Alleppo Railway, Syria page 37
    Whitehall Place, Westminster and the Crystal Palace, near Croydon demonstrations, England page 37

    Chapter 5 : Emmor Crew's prismoidal railways page 39
    Locomotive & test track, Gloucester City, New Jersey & Chestnut Street Rink, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA page 39
    Sonoma Valley Railroad, California, USA page 40

    Chapter 6 : The monorails of General Roy Stone page 43
    Phoenixville demonstration, Pennsylvania, USA page 43
    Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition monorail page 44
    Bradford & Foster Brook Railway, Pennsylvania, USA page 49
    + The route and track page 51
    + Locomotives and rolling stock page 53

    Chapter 7 : A line up Mount Vesuvius page 59
  • Obleight's monorail page 59
  • Rebuild by Thomas Mason Cook page 62

    Chapter 8 : The Lartigue monorails (1) page 67
    Agricultural lines in South Oran, Algeria & Tunisia page 67
    Exhibition lines page 68
    Ria Copper Mines Railway, Pyrenees Orientales, near Perpignan, France page 71
    Tothill Fields demonstration, England page 72
    + The portable line - The steam hauled line page 72
    + The track work page 74
    + The locomotive page 75
    + The carriages - Proposals page 76
    Listowel & Ballybunion Railway, Ireland page 81
    + Description of the line page 84
    + Operation page 85
    + Track, crossing points and signalling page 89
    + Locomotives page 95
    + Rolling stock - Vehicle construction, central frame and wheels page 100
    + Passenger carriages page 101
    + Guards vans - Platform carriages with steps - Horse box - Wagons page 106
    + Sand wagons page 109

  • Appendix 8.1 Lartigue monorail system patents page 113
  • Appendix 8.2 Listowel and Ballybunion Railway films page 114

    Chapter 9 : The Lartigue monorails (2) page 117
    W Feurs to Panissières Railway, France page 117
    + Description of the line page 123
    + Track and signalling page 125
    + Locomotives page 126
    + Rolling stock page 128
    Chilecito to Famatina Railway, Argentina page 132
    Proposals for the French colonies, including Guadaloupe, and the Kalka to Simla line in India page 132
    Brussels Exhibition monorail page 132
    + The site and track page 138
    + The carriage page 139
    Liverpool to Manchester proposal, England page 148
    + The technical design page 150
    Other Proposals
    + London to Brighton proposal, England page 154
    + Edinburgh to Glasgow proposal, Scotland page 154
    + Coney Island proposal, New York, USA page 154

  • Final comments on the Lartigue monorails page 155
  • Appendix 9.1 Lartigue Railway Companies' structure page 156
  • Appendix 9.2 Behr Railway Companies' structure page 156
  • Appendix 9.3 Lartigue monorails constructed and proposed page 157

    Chapter 10 : Captain Meigs elevated monorail page 159
    Meigs' proposals for Boston, Massachusetts, USA page 159
    Cambridge demonstration line page 160
    Revised Boston proposals page 162
    Meigs' last attempt at an elevated monorail for Boston page 165
    Proposals for London, England, Paris, France and Chicago, USA page 167
    + Technical details – Track page 168
    + Trucks or 'bogies' page 169
    + Locomotives page 170
    + Carriage page 171

    Chapter 11 : The Enos railways: The first suspended electric monorails page 175
    New England, USA, proposals page 175
    Trial line at Greenville, New Jersey, USA page 176
    South St. Paul Rapid Transit Railway, Minnesota, USA page 177
    + The St. Paul track and carriage page 178

    Chapter 12 : The Boynton bicycle railroads page 185
    Sea Beach and Brighton Railroad, Coney Island, New York, USA page 187
    + The track page 189
    + Locomotives page 190
    + Carriages page 193
    Long Island Boynton Bicycle Railroad, New York, USA page 195
    + The track page 200
    + The electric carriage page 201
    Eben Moody Boynton's subsequent proposals page 203

  • Appendix 12.1 Boynton monorail system patents page 204

    Chapter 13 : Zipernowski's balancing tram page 207
    + The track page 208
    + The tramcar page 209

    Chapter 14 : More systems of the 1890s page 213
    National Unicycle Elevated Railway Company, St. Louis, Missouri, USA page 213
    Cienega Lime and Marble Quarry Railroad, California, USA page 214
    * Captain Lina Beecher's monorails page 217
    Waterport Electric Power & Railway, New York, State, USA page 218
    Ontario Southern Railway, Ontario, Canada page 219
    Centrifugal Cycle Railway, Coney Island, USA page 220
    Flangless Railway Corporation, Florida, USA page 221
    * Caillet' system page 222
    Sanitary Station at Moise Wells, Suez, Egypt page 224
    Canvey Island tramway, Essex, UK page 224
    Loxton Farm, Renmark, South Australia page 226
    * Ewing's system page 226
    Monorail tramway in Madras (now Chennai) page 227
    Sirhind to Morinda monorail page 229
    Patiala to Sunam monorail page 230
    Patiala State monorails: Locomotives and vehicles page 231
    Morinoa to Karar monorail page 232
    Luzira to Kampala monorail, Uganda page 232
    * Hotchkiss bicycle railways page 234
    Mount Holly to Smithville, New Jersey, USA page 234
    US pleasure lines page 236
    British pleasure lines page 236
    + Track and vehicle design page 238
    * Volderauer & Brackebusch's mountain monorail, Germany page 238
    * Kottgen's canal barge towing railway, Finlow Canal, Germany page 239

    Chapter 15 : Langen's 'Schwebebahn' or swinging railway page 243
    Trial lines at Deutz, Germany page 243
    Wuppertal Schwebebahn, Germany page 244
    + Operation page 250
    + The monorail track structure page 251
    + Stations page 254
    + Signalling page 255
    + Power Supply page 255
    + Carriages page 256
    Light monorail trials, Deutz, Germany page 261
    Paris Exposition demonstration, Vincennes, France page 262
    Loschwitz Schwebebahn, Germany page 263
    Proposals for Hamburg and Berlin, Germany page 264

    Chapter 16 : Proposals plain and exotic page 267

    Appendices

  • 1 Monorail steam locomotives built prior to 1900 page 286
  • 2 Monorail electric vehicles built prior to 1900 page 28
  • Index of Inventors and Designers page 288