Monorail Red Lives

Written by George Taylor. Posted in Disney, Disney History, Disney Parks, Features, Imaginerding, Walt Disney World

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Published on January 20, 2014 at 1:00 am with 8 Comments

After my trip to Walt Disney World in early December, I stopped in Atlanta on the way home to spend the evening with my nephew and his family. My nephew had been telling me for a few years about a Disney monorail that was close to his house. After breakfast, I followed them the short drive to Tyrone, GA.

When I drove down Senoia Rd, I saw a very familiar site on the side of the road.

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It’s Monorail Red!

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Monorail Red is located at Tyrone Depot, an event center in Tyrone, GA. It’s on the side of the main building on top of a flatbed trailer. You can easily walk around the monorail and you get some great perspective on how the monorail trains work and the history of the monorail.

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This is Monorail Red, a Mark IV monorail that operated at Walt Disney World from 1971 to 1989. It was auctioned off on eBay in 2002. It’s been on display at Tyrone Depot since then.

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I loved seeing the large D with the Mickey World logo.

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I love the font and color!

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The Backside of the Monorail!

One of the great things about seeing Monorail Red was the opportunity to get up close and see some details that guests never get to see.

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There was also an interesting painting on the back side of the property. It looked dimensional and I assumed it was a plywood sign. Anyone recognize it from the parks?

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It was pretty darn exciting to see a piece of Walt Disney World history located in a tiny town in Georgia. I do wish that there had been a way to look inside the monorail to see if the seats were still there. Still, it was great to see how the monorail rides along the beam.

You can visit the Tyrone Depot website for more information about the center (sadly, there’s nothing about the monorail on the site).

Have you ever run into a slice of Walt Disney World history outside of the parks?

If you’re looking for a great book about the development of the monorails (and so many other cool things), check out Bob Gurr’s great book Design: Just for Fun


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  1. Wow, wish they would put a roof over it to protect it from the elements.

    Very cool, thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh what nostalgia…seeing photos of the most complex engineering job I ever did. Virtually 100% of every detail of every part of the WDW MkIV Monorail came off my pencil in hand drawn layouts handed to our draftsmen for production parts. I never entrusted any detail to our guys. I even did all the rivet patterns in every part. Dave Gengenbach, our project manager referred to my detail layouts as “the dead sea scrolls” because they were various sized rolled vellum drawings. How neat to see at least one of my babies still existing down on Georgia.

    • Hi Bob, I just had to reply to your comment. The Mark IV monorail was so cool! I remember being a little boy in 1972 and visiting WDW for the first time. We were leaving the parking tram at the TTC and heading toward the Magic Kingdom and I was hoisted on my dad’s shoulders as a monorail was gliding directly overheard (monorail gold). I was never so awe-truck and happy in my life!

      The sleek design of the trains, the contemporary brown interior and even the cool smelling air conditioning entranced me!!! Your design efforts on the monorail and other Disney things you’ve influenced have brought immense joy to millions over the years. I just wanted to extend my heart-felt thanks!

    • Bob, what a work of art! Not only was this WDW Monorail functional but it both uplifted the spirits with its interior and exterior. Perhaps as much as the castle of the Magic Kingdom, the Monorail is an icon of the whole Walt Disney World experience. You did a great job!

    • I love the apparent simplicity of the design.

      I never really understood the way the drive wheels were set up until I saw a photo of another(?) Mark IV at MouseSurplus several years ago. It made perfect sense once I saw it.

      Beyond that, the design still looks futuristic to this day. It’s an irreplacable symbol of WDW…even if it does get “updated” with new trains eventually.

  3. I remember our Vegas trips in the ’90s and getting to ride Coral and Lime between MGM and Bally’s! Of course, they had their new MGM and Bally’s paint jobs. Even though I didn’t realize at the time I was riding retired WDW monorails, the design and compartment seating always made me thing of Disney monorails after many years of riding the monorails at Disneyland. The roundhouse for these two trains still stands behind Bally’s, just north of the Bally’s station.

  4. That tire appears to have good tread on it. I’m surprised a local hasn’t stolen it and mounted it on his pickup truck.

  5. Wow I now see how it sits on the rail, I always wonder way we couldn’t have a connection from car to car, now I know why. It is sad it just sitting out in the open and not in a over hang.