When many people hear the word MONORAIL, a theme park ride may come to mind, or even a silly cartoon. Despite those perceptions, each day monorails safely and efficiently carry hundreds of thousands of passengers in non-entertainment transit applications. ‘Monorails: Trains of the Future-Now Arriving’ delves into the topic, more than any other book has to date.
There are thousands of books dedicated to rail, mostly about so-called ‘conventional’ two-rail systems. Now there’s a comprehensive, encyclopedic-like book dedicated to monorails. Positive reviews are coming from the book’s first buyers. B. Leabow states “I can see all the time put into producing such a great book and history of Monorail transportation. The hard cover, quality of the pages, along with the expert layout is better than that of many railfan books.” After receiving his copy, long-time railfan J. Horecka said, “The author has produced something wonderful here. I totally dig the fantastic photographs throughout.”
‘Monorails: Trains of the Future-Now Arriving’ begins with a primer on what monorail is, along with some compelling advantages. Monorail’s rich and long history is next, along with a chapter of amazing monorails that were once proposed or planned, yet never built. The heart of the 248-page book follows with an eye-opening, two-chapter list of the world’s transit monorails. Gorgeous color photography captures monorail in a wide variety of environments, along with descriptions and data. The book ends with chapters on how monorail is constructed, the monorailists that promote them, and speculations on the future of monorail. ‘Monorails: Trains of the Future-Now Arriving’ is the first hardbound book of its kind and is a must-have for anyone interested in rail or rail transit, young or old. Author Pedersen believes libraries will adopt the book as the preferred reference book on the topic.
‘Monorails: Trains of the Future-Now Arriving’ by Kim A Pedersen is available for purchase through The Monorail Society Store, Amazon.com and eBay.com.