17.8 kilometer monorail line between Hamamastucho and Haneda Airport
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Jaques, Is this the Magleff Monorail? I know that it runs to an airport but cannot remember which one. If so it is a fascinating piece of technology. John
John Southall 19:32, 18-03-2009
I don't think that this is a maglev (magnetic levitation) system, it is too old for that technology. From Wikipedia: This is a monorail system connecting Haneda Airport in ÅŒta, Tokyo, Japan to HamamatsuchÅ Station in Minato, Tokyo. The trains operate along an elevated line that follows the coast of Tokyo Bay. The trip from the airport to HamamatsuchÅ costs Â¥470 each way. The line opened in 1964 to coincide with the 1964 Summer Olympics. Built by Hitachi Monorail, the first cars were made in Japan from the German ALWEG design (also used in the Seattle and the original Disneyland Monorail), and were replaced by newer models in 1969, 1977, 1982, and 1989.
Peter Langsdale 07:45, 19-03-2009
Some years ago there was a 'maglev' unit which linked Birmingham (UK) International Airport with the International Rail station which is itself adjacent to the National Exhibition Centre. The link is now operated by a more conventional rail vehicle.
Richard Postill 17:31, 19-03-2009
Ooops wrong country and system. The Maglev runs in Shanghai to Pudong Airport. Anyone got any photos?
John Southall 19:43, 19-03-2009
Yes, there is a photo of the Shanghai Maglev that I took and posted sometime ago on the site - see under China.
Clive Simpson 18:26, 21-03-2009
Sorry for my late reply. It is not a maglev as Peter says the monorail was opened for the 1964 olympics. However Japan is experimenting a maglev train which might one day replace the shinkansen. Otherwise as Tokyo is bidding for the 2016 olympics, lets see what this will bring - Cheers Jacques (Tokyo)