Monorail Refurbishment

Discussion in 'Future Discussion' started by WallisDan, 13th Oct 2017.

  1. Kraken27

    Kraken27 TowersStreet Member

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    Put it like this - you'll never get a monorail at Towers with a concrete beam track (like Disney - so no flexing) and high-speed air conditioned Intamin monorail trains! The rickety old Von-Roll trains will have their lives extended out until they are all but running on Zimmer frames.
     
  2. Matt Creek

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    Although the monorail is hopefully not going anywhere soon, there is probably a better chance of Varney stepping down next year than Merlin extensively refurbishing or rebuilding the monorail in the next 5-10 years.
     
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  4. John

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    If you'd have asked me 5-10 years ago if the monorail would still be around today I'd have said "probably not".

    The size of the fleet coupled with the fact that it's all such dated tech means maintaining it must be an absolute nightmare. Whilst the drop in capacity due to the sluggish batching/boarding procedures means that I now hardly ever ride it, I've pretty much come to terms with idea that the monorail's seemingly inevitable medium-term closure means that any significant changes beyond those needed to keep it operating safely aren't likely to happen.

    On a separate issue, I was quite surprised that the Disneyland monorail track seemed to be in fairly poor condition, the ride quality is not great as a result. I'm not convinced a concrete track is any better in the long-term.
     
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  5. spinba11

    spinba11 TowersStreet Member

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    Have any doors open led mid ride on the towers monorail? looks at Disneyworld.
     
  6. TheBolt

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    They'll be tapping up Chester Zoo for their old units, now that has closed. ;-)

    (and yes I do realise how nothing about that idea would work)
     
  7. Bert2theSpark

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    Chester Zoo’s monorail is a completely different ride system to Towers monorail, no way they can buy their spare parts.

    Also I wasn’t aware the Chester Zoo monorail closed? And if so that’s another childhood ride gone...
     
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    If they replace the rolling stock. They will go with something that fit directly into the old track. Also i could see them going for an automatic system. So there is one controller instead of a driver for each train. Cutting operating costs.

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  9. skyscraper

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    Yeah it has unfortunately. :(
     
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    *if* they were to overhaul the monorail, it would make more sense to replace the whole thing IMO. Change the track layout - have off-site car parks and link them to the hotels and gate. Would be costly, but it would free up land for development, and they could charge even more premium prices for those wanting to park at the gate. It would also help keep the village on side.
     
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    Where would they put off site parking?

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    Rick TowersStreet Member

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    Why do they need more land for development?
     
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    Parking "off site" as in Uttoxeter / JCB P&R monorail? That would be nice; but it isn't realistic for many reasons.

    I think they were aiming to spend the money moving the main entrance by the hotels, so they can scrap the monorail as end of life. A Disney Village style area with a bit more to do year round, and another hotel etc.

    All bets are off now with the new owners. I would imagine they would be looking for a different plan to solo Merlins going forward. Hopefully that will be to address the backlog around things like the monorails aging infrastructure: but that isn't likely to be clear for a while yet.
     
  15. rob666

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    JCB park and ride.
    You do know how much Bamford loves the Towers don't you?
     
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    He'd be a bit more open if they offered him a way of making money I'm sure...

    Pay for the parking at JCB and then pay for the Monorail.
     
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    Off site parking sounds like a horror show in the making.
     
  18. rob666

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    I still vote for the cable cars from the M6 and M1 with park and ride.
     
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    Alton Towers airport?
     
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    Alton Towers Teleport?
     

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