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Monorail Red Updated

creathir

Monorail and PeopleMover Fanatic
Premium Member
I don't understand the hesitation to replace the fleet (yes, I know, money...). Would make perfect sense to have it updated for the 50th.
Here's a super-rough timeline for DLR vs WDW monorail fleet:

DLR:
1959-1960: Mark I (2 yrs)
1961-1967: Mark II (6 yrs)
1968-1987: Mark III (19 yrs)
1988-2007: Mark V (19 yrs)
2008-Current: Mark VII (13 yrs)

WDW:
1971-1988: Mark IV (17 yrs)
1989-Current: Mark VI (32 yrs)


Anything jump out at you?
I personally think the station replacement going on at Poly and potentially Contemporary might include some necessary station reconfiguration for née trains.

But just pure speculation on my part.
 

monothingie

I once was a ferret for a day.
Premium Member
I personally think the station replacement going on at Poly and potentially Contemporary might include some necessary station reconfiguration for née trains.

But just pure speculation on my part.
A major fault with the current trains is the door design which precludes a no-step entry, which is awful for wheelchair and ECVs. We've seen the ability for the automation system to deliver precise and exact stopping points for trains in the station, so it would be interesting to see if they can leverage it with any type of automated load ramp in a new station.
 

JoeCamel

Well-Known Member
A major fault with the current trains is the door design which precludes a no-step entry, which is awful for wheelchair and ECVs. We've seen the ability for the automation system to deliver precise and exact stopping points for trains in the station, so it would be interesting to see if they can leverage it with any type of automated load ramp in a new station.
Truck loading ramps?
 

creathir

Monorail and PeopleMover Fanatic
Premium Member
A major fault with the current trains is the door design which precludes a no-step entry, which is awful for wheelchair and ECVs. We've seen the ability for the automation system to deliver precise and exact stopping points for trains in the station, so it would be interesting to see if they can leverage it with any type of automated load ramp in a new station.
For sure, or possibly an intermediary system to allow the current trains to operate with new trains which would allow a fully level loading.
 
Oh absolutely. But the poor - often maligned - supervisor was local and on call, not required to be on site, and not to blame. It was a tragic chain of events where any single link in the chain breaking would have prevented the incident.
OK, so I just spent 3 hours reading NTSB reports and interviews. I blame you. ;)

Edit: It was interesting reading. Tragic, but fascinating insight on a slice of operations - https://data.ntsb.gov/Docket?NTSBNumber=DCA09FR008
 
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flutas

Well-Known Member
As if on schedule...

 

Disone

Well-Known Member
As if on schedule...

Despite the picture, could not have been monorail orange. Monorail orange is literally partially disassembled in the shop.

The night time lighting plus headlight pointing towards the camera must throwing off the color.
 

flutas

Well-Known Member
Despite the picture, could not have been monorail orange. Monorail orange is literally partially disassembled in the shop.

The night time lighting plus headlight pointing towards the camera must throwing off the color.
Most likely Red(?) but I was just making a general comment about reliability after the discussions.

Granted we don't know the cause.
 

wdwmagic

Administrator
Moderator
Some shots of Monorail Red


Monorail_Full_40926.jpg


Monorail_Full_40918.jpg
 

wdwmagic

Administrator
Moderator
I’ve actually been impressed with how compliant the cast has been in areas where it would be easy not to be, as you said, very good show

also the paint job looks amazing!
Think it is very simple. Many of the CM's feel lucky they still have a jobs and they aren't going to blow it by not following the rules of wearing a mask.
 

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