Amazing monorail system in Japan switches its rails very fast


A monorail is just like any usual railway – except for that it uses just one rail instead of a pair of rails. Monorail trains started to be produced in the beginning of the 20th century. The earliest monorail trains were stabilized by a gyroscope. The inventor wanted to establish a high speed rail system across all or Europe at that time with his new train invention.
Currently, most monorail system are in operation in Asia. Beginning with the 1980s, monorail systems for mass transit became more and more popular in Japan. Today, the monorail running in Tokio is one of the busiest in the world. It averages with 130,000 passengers every day. Since it started its operation in 1964, it is estimated to have transported over 1.5 billion of passengers. In other parts of the world, one can encounter monorails mostly in private entertainment parks or at airports.
Tokyo Monorail, a high capacity monorail
One of the major drawbacks of monorail systems used to be especially in their early days the inability to switch rails. Some of the early monorails like the suspended monorail of Wuppertal in Germany, have a design that makes it almost impossible to switch from one rail to another. The Wuppertal monorail dates back to the year 1901 and is still in operation.

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