My understanding is that Monorail Orange was the guinea pig. It seems the company that built the monorail trains went out of business several years ago and the blueprints went down with them. They had to take apart one monorail (Orange was volunteered!) and completely dismantle it and, as an earlier poster said, "re-engineer" it literally from the ground up. Piece by piece had to be measured and re-blueprinted.
If this is true, how could the imagineers have not kept a copy of the original blueprints?
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Originally Posted by ModHatter
So, they're fixing the guts but keeping the shell?
No, they were taking apart Monorail Orange to make complete and accurate blueprints of it's insides, because more than likely the construction documents they have filed away were incomplete. Or conflicting - nobody's sure which revisions are in place.
Since the dimensions of certain things are critical, accurate measurements are vital - Using a trained Mark I Eyeball to judge the dimensions certainly can work as a construction method, but it takes longer, and often takes several attempts till you get it right - DAMHIKT. (Day job...)
And when they take it all apart, they can do visual and mechanical tests to see where there are engineering goofs that have to be fixed when building the new trains. There's nothing quite like a 10-Million-Mile road test to show hidden cracks and fatigue failures of the chassis and panels, hidden rust-catching wet spots where the rain leaks in and collects, excessive wear points on the suspension or door mechanisms...
I don't remember the exact dates, but the Mark V trains they're using now are riding on the same chassis the Mark III was built on - they rebuilt the bodies on the old frames at Ride And Show Engineering one at a time. So between the Mark III and Mark V bodies, they've been around the beamway a good 1,000,000+ times each.
Gad, if Detroit could only build cars that good, where they could go 10 Million Miles and be ready for more...
I just wish they would run the monorail all through Anaheim. They do it in Vegas, but not in the city that they started in.
Some day... heck, now that the awful OCTA Centerline project has been shelved, the time is ripe for Monorails. Especially since this county needs some mass transit that can travel along diagonals, instead of the terrible Etch-a-sketch method they use now. Between the 5 and the 405, OC is all about the hypotenuse, not the sides.
They sort of do it in Vegas...the monorails there are extremely unreliable, constantly breaking down, and while they opened about a year ago, they have been closed for repairs for a majority of that time, months on end, due to tires flying off the monorails and other assorted problems. So I wouldn't say the monorail system exactly works in Vegas...
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