Early Alweg Track Shows Beginnings Of Modern Monorail!
Alweg, Founded by Dr. Axel Lennart Wenner-Gren developed and tested some of the first monorail trains in production! The doctor set up his company in a suburb of Cologne, Germany, which offered him the amount of land needed for testing facilites for the Alweg Research Corporation’s (Alweg-Forschung, Gmbh) projects!
The track located in Fulinghen, Cologne saw the first runs of what Alweg had designed to be an intercity high speed rail system. The track proved the monorails success on highly banked curves, demonstrating the systems viability within the constraints of more difficult terrain!
Trains still run on the Disneyland Monorail system, though they are no longer of the Alweg design!
Alweg never really saw their monorail succeed as an intercity express system, but still had a few successful projects here and there. Their most well known project was actually the role they played in designing and developing the original monorail system implemented at Disneyland, which saw its opening in 1959!
The worlds two busiest monorail lines based off of Alweg technology are in Tokyo, Japan, and Chongqing, China!
Over the years Alweg ran into financial troubles, but in 1960 Hitachi Monorail licensed the rights to the system, and continues to construct monorails based on Alweg technologies around the world. To this day you can find some original Alweg cars in Seattle, Washington, where the Alweg trains have traveled over one million miles!
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