Article ID: CBB327063080

The monorail ‘revolution’ of the 1950s and 1960s and its legacy (December 2016)


Lawrence D. Taylor (Author)

The Journal of Transport History
Volume: 37
Issue: 2
Pages: 236-257

ISSN: 0022-5260

Publication Date: December 2016
Edition Details: Special Issue: ‘Life’ of modern roads (automobile infrastructure)
Language: English

The paper uses a variety of primary and secondary sources to analyse why monorail proposals initiated by Goodell, Alweg, Lockheed and other manufacturers during the 1950s and 1960s failed to gain preference among transport planning authorities over alternative modes of transport such as conventional rail, subways, buses and eventually light rail. The article examines the ways in which improved versions of the monorail models developed during these two decades. In time, these changes led to a more dynamic market in which monorails continued to be built not only for use in amusement parks and exhibitions but also as ‘intermediate-capacity’ transit, airport commuting and other special-purpose applications.

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Article Massimo Moraglio; Dhan Z. Singh (December 2016) Editorial: ‘The Life of Modern Roads’: Spill-overs of automobile infrastructure. The Journal of Transport History (pp. 123-128). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Jones, David W.
Pursell, Carroll W.
Thompson, Gregory L.
Hansen, Peter A.
Taylor, Lawrence Douglas
Jan Gympel
Technology and Culture
Railroad History
The Journal of Transport History
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Indiana University Press
Elsengold Verlag Berlin
The University of North Carolina Press
The MIT Press
Arcade Publishing
Local transit
urban transportation
Land transportation
Technology and society
Mundelein, George William
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
21st century
United States
New York City (New York, U.S.)
Chicago (Illinois, U.S.)
Nairobi (Kenya)
New Jersey (U.S.)
Ciudad Juárez
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Key System Transit Lines (Calif.)
Chicago Rapid Transit Company
Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad

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