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Merry Hill Monorail


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It was a good idea but never seemed to be used very heavily - maybe should have been free as part of the "retail experience". I enjoyed riding on it as we would often park at the Waterfront because the main parking areas got very congested when the centre first opened. You can still see the central station from inside one of the newer multi-storey car parks.

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I remember doing some performance simulation modelling of the Von Roll monorail system as a part of an assessment of all proprietary systems for a proposed airport people mover system, over twenty years ago now. I remember that the rolling resistance on (Von Roll's figures) was so high that if one cut the traction power the train did a 0.3 g stop!

 

The Merry Hill Monorail had some issues with HMRI, as it was built without their approval, as the UK concessionaire for the system did not consider that it came within HMRI's remit, and they had to become involved via another Government H&S agency (the precise details of which now excape me). HMRI then had the thing shut down for a while, whilst things like unsafe platform gaps and emergency carriage-to-carriage access were sorted out. The lack of an emergency escape walkway alongside the tracks was always a bit of a problem, but not really solvable as the system was not built with one and the HMRI was left in the impossible position of having to choose between enforcing a permanent closure (which would have its risks as they only managed to get involved via the back door), and letting it go...

 

Now the Darling Harbour Monorail in Sydney has gone as well.

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I managed to travel on it when I was a child. I remember that there were not too many stops on the line and you could talk to the driver at the front. It is a shame it was closed because I can imagine if it had survived then there might have been the possibility of extending it.

 

I seem to remember hearing that it was sold to Queensland in Australia.

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From wikipedia -

"The Oasis Shopping Centre is located on the Broadbeach Mall in Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland,Australia.

The Oasis

Monorail connects the beach, shopping, Sofitel Gold Coast resort and Conrad Jupiters Casino. It has two stations on level 2 of The Oasis and a station at Conrad Jupiters Casino. Parts of the Monorail, including the majority of the track and the cars were used originally at the Merry Hill Shopping Centre in Brierley Hill, United Kingdom before it was decided the monorail service should stop, in 1996."

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