This Is Your Train on Drugs – Sydney and Minnesota Zoos Mothball Monorails
October 16, 2013 Leave a Comment
First, the pylons of Sydneyâ€™s monorail came tumbling down. Now, the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, MN has shuttered its aging monorail for good.
The troubled traincars took their last loop around the zoo campus on September 2, and now the zoo has announced the line wonâ€™t run ever again.
â€œIt was an outdated system that had reached the end of its useful life,â€ spokeswoman Kelly Lessard told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Back in 2011, the train stalled, leaving passengers stranded 18 feet above ground. Firefighters rescued them with ladders when they couldnâ€™t get the monorail running again.
Maintenance on a 34-year-old system was certainly an issue. But the biggest problem with the zoo monorail was that it didnâ€™t have any stops along its route. Instead, it looped around the zoo, and those on board could only catch glimpses of animals as it drove past.
That’s the problem with trains. They stop at a fixed number of places which are set in stone when the train is built.
Meanwhile, buses can stop at any number of places and their routes and stops can be changed as demands change. Buses good. Trains bad.