The monorail railway - considered by many to be the chief answer to present-day road and rail congestion - had made its bow in Germany.
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Background: The monorail railway - considered by many to be the chief answer to present-day road and rail congestion - had made its bow in Germany.
Built by the Swedish industrialist, Dr. Axel Wenner-Gren, the railway ran for the first time with a normal size coach at Fuhlingen, near Cologne, on Tuesday, July 23.
The monorail runs overhead on pylons of steel or concrete which are about fifteen feet high. The rail is three feet chick and 4ft 9in high and weighted metal clamps are carried by the coach in order to clamp it to the monorail.
The pilot scheme coach is 37ft long and 10ft broad. It will carry 180 people and will seat 100 of these. This coach is powered by electricity but could equally well be run by a diesel engine.
The Alweg Company at present only envisages selling its invention to big towns of at least half a million inhabitants. For that reason the first coach has been given a maximum speed of only 50 miles per hour, but it has a formidable acceleration.
All sections of the line, including its steel and concrete supports, can be pre-fabricated. This means that the lines, after foundations have been established, can be set up the rate of 50 feet per hour.
Although many people are sceptical of the new invention, the city of Sao Paulo in Brazil has examined the scheme and decided to build a 60-mile stretch of the new line.
According to Dr. Wenner-Gren, the Alweg company has received a great many enquiries from German and American cities and hopes to construct its monorail in many parts of the world.
The costs of the new system have not been discussed, but the company's tender to Sao Paulo has been accepted, and it is believed that it will be cheaper to manufacture and set up than ordinary railway line and far cheaper to maintain and service.