1952 German Monorail Test


In 1952, Dutch television reported on a monorail test conducted near Cologne, Germany by the company Alweg.

Funded by a Swedish industrialist, Alweg’s bullet-shaped train reached reached a velocity of 135 kilometers per hour. According to the newsreel, the final train was meant to reach a speed of 350 kilometers per hour.

This particular train was never built, but Alweg did help construct Disneyland’s Monorail System, which opened in California in 1959, as well as the Seattle Center Monorail, which opened three years later. Both remain operational.

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