I still, at least at some point, the bubble top was definitely apart of the design. The only Disneyland Monorail model without the bubble is the Mark V. Al said "the trains will reintroduce their signature 1950's bubble-dome noses". But he never stated that it was only the nose. How is the nose itself signature without the bubble?
I'm encouraged. I know there is a bit of the "concept car" in the look. The rendering is always more swoopy and the dimensions exagerated in the art than the actual vehicle will be, but I love how the color breaks are done and the headlights are retro great. I'll settle for this, but I still want a top bubble.
In the big version of the photo, it looks like there are skylights high on the roof. And what looks to be metallic ribbing (might be just graphics) is a nice nod to 1959.
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There is no spot for the driver in the front as the rendering suggests. There is only one place for the driver and that is the bubble top area. So there are 2 things that are going to happen.
1. They get rid of drivers completely and do a computerized system which would be REALLY innovative since I dont think they have such a thing on this big of a monorail.
2. They reintroduce the bubble top with the driver inside.
Other then that I have no idea how they would have a driver inside the monorail. There is just no way around that with the same design which is one awesome design if I might add. Just add the bubble tops and make me happy.
Well... why couldn't the driver be sitting where he does now?? Just because the "concept" illustration shows a group of people sitting in there doesn't mean thats not where the pilot sits. Thats just a drawing, folks. Undoubtedly lots will change between that and what finally rolls down the beamway.
And I, for one, certainly hope there's still a driver sitting in those things! Those trains are powerful... its not like the lightweight peoplemover cars.
how many trains do they run? might be difficult to have an automated system.. I don't know. I rode the monorail in july and it was jerky and uncomfortable to me but then I am used to WDW's. I hope this one has a smoother ride.
What do you mean by not as large? The M-VI in Las Vegas is physically larger than the DL monorails, they are about the same size as WDW's. The Las vegas route operates 7 stations over a much greater distance.
I haven't seen Disneyland run more than 2 trains in quite a few years.
That is because they only have three trains now and one is always in repair. When they did have four trains it was Pressler/Harriss policy of running rides until they die so two were probably in repair while the the other two sulked around the park.