Are you a Disney fan with $200k burning a hole in your pocket? Then why not buy this authentic Walt Disney World monorail car, which was in operation from 1971 until 1989. The eBay seller is asking for $189,000 or best offer.
Getting people to the airport via train is a natural priority for cities around the country. When Minneapolis built its first light-rail line back in 2004 it had two major stops: the airport and downtown. But despite over two decades of modern Los Angeles embracing subways, there's still no train to LAX. And even if…
This 1960 painting of a never-built monorail station is so beautiful, such an amazing example of sleek, midcentury design, that I really wish I could just step inside it and live there. Or, at the very least, blow it up as a giant photomural for my apartment like in Stardust Memories.
Do you ever joke around with your coworkers about how cool it would be to build desks out of old cars or have meetings on a houseboat? Maybe not, but if you work at Google, you might want to start—because they might actually make your weird office dreams a reality.
Today, monorails may be fodder for The Simpsons, but well into the 20th century, the monorail was a glittering symbol of the future of transit. From the 1800s through the 1980s, these are monorail concepts artists and engineers dreamed up.
"Who needs a car in L.A.? We got the best public transportation system in the world!" says private detective Eddie Valiant in the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Set in 1947, Eddie is a car-less Angeleno and the movie tells the tale of a an evil corporation buying up the city’s streetcars in its greedy quest to…
Oh, olden times—you so crazy. The modern subway might be a perfectly functional way to get around a big city, but you can't help but feel a little disappointed that inventor George Bennie's hanging Railplane didn't catch on as a more exciting alternative.
In 1950, a three-year-old elephant named Tuffi was forced to ride a public monorail in Wuppertal, Germany. The animal was loaded aboard as a promotion for the Althoff Circus. This ride was supposed to be a lighthearted affair, but the world quickly learned that pachyderms and monorails simply do not mix.
The city of Burbank, California was incorporated in 1911 with a population of just 500. Today the population is just over 100,000 and the city is best known as the home of big name movie studios (and the closest Ikea to my apartment). Leading up to the incorporation of Burbank there was a lot of discussion about…
Fifty years ago today construction began on the Space Needle in Seattle. Just a year later, the 605 foot (185 meter) tower, which featured a revolving restaurant and observation deck, would be the crown jewel of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Dubbed the Century 21 Exposition, the Fair planners were eager to showcase…
Remember when the term "factory farm" was synonymous with a positive way to produce food? Neither do I.
This image appears in the 1982 book Walt Disney's Epcot Center: Creating the New World of Tomorrow. One thing I find curious about the illustration is that it appears to be of a toroidal (or circular) space station, but you can see what looks like sailboats in the water. My simplistic (child-like, really)…
1912 Senate Monorail (Library of Congress)
The August, 1918 cover of Hugo Gernsback’s Electrical Experimenter magazine featured the “aerial mono-flyer of the future.”
This ad in the December 14, 1962 Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM) shows the X-20 Monorail toy, selling for $5.97.