How to build your own monorail

Posted Thursday, April 25, 2002 4:50 AM | Contributed by Ptboy11

While not strictly amusement park related, check out the story of a man and his dream (not to mention understanding wife) of building a monorail through his back yard.

Take me there!

Thursday, April 25, 2002 5:52 AM
Definetely cheaper than the $150,000 Disney paid per pillar for their monorail.

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Thursday, April 25, 2002 8:38 AM

That's pretty cool! My family, being the Disney freaks we are, always loved the monorail. I used to dream about having one in my own backyard.

Four grand? Not too bad. I wonder how that compares to the backyard coaster. :)

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Thursday, April 25, 2002 11:04 AM
Many backyard rides are making the news. Wood coaster, steel looper, monorail, I've seen trains, etc. Does my heart good :)
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Thursday, April 25, 2002 11:06 AM
Kitchen View Station, haha.....that's pretty unique.
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Thursday, April 25, 2002 11:34 AM
When I first joined ACE more than a decade ago, there was an article in Roller Coaster magazine about Kim's second backyard woodie (the name escapes me right now), which dropped off of the roof of his house and did something of a u-turn at the end of his backyard. No chain lift or anything like that, but an interesting-looking contraption nonetheless. An even earlier issue illustrated his first backyard woodie, which featured an absolutely wicked-looking drop taken in the lying-down, face-first position!

I'm actually quite surprised that the website doesn't mention either of those other coasters, which should have been relocated to a certain place in Indiana that is already home to a steel corkscrew coaster that takes riders over a barn... *** This post was edited by Rob Ascough on 4/25/2002. ***

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Thursday, April 25, 2002 12:38 PM
Rob, that coaster was called The Termite.

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Thursday, April 25, 2002 12:55 PM
What is it with everyone and their backyard projects? All I can afford is the $50 Disney toy with Spaceship Earth model. I love the wheelchair drive tire!
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Thursday, April 25, 2002 1:39 PM

Doesn't it seem like using wood was the most difficult option? I'm no monorail-builder, myself - and I have no idea what this guy went through - but it seems that there would have been other viable options.

Maybe I'll try it myself! (Oh wait, I live in an apartment.)

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Thursday, April 25, 2002 1:39 PM

What is so great about Disney's monorail? I've never been to any of their parks, and I'm not really a fan of them either. So...I guess I wouldn't know...

I would be embarrassed to say that I had that piece of crap in my backyard.

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Thursday, April 25, 2002 3:14 PM
It's not a piece of crap to them.

I'm embarrassed for you that you wrote that !

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Thursday, April 25, 2002 3:47 PM

Thats really great. Ill have to put some modifications to my backyard skycoaster my nieghbors and i made.

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Thursday, April 25, 2002 5:32 PM

I just find all these projects really inspirational...

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Thursday, April 25, 2002 5:53 PM
There are probably many more projects like these coasters and rides we know about already that just haven't made it to press yet. :)

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Thursday, April 25, 2002 7:25 PM
Yes, I agree with Colin, this is very inspiring! I will defenently make an attempt to build a 'coaster' with a just a drop off the roof of the house I'll live in! I am only 15, so I think in my spare time I'll go to hardware stores and see what the track can be made of, I already have an idea for the train!

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Thursday, April 25, 2002 9:40 PM
That's pretty nifty. It looks like something i would have dreamed up when i was a kid. Congrats to that family for keeping their dreams alive!

(PS: Todd, you forgot "The Flying Coaster")

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Friday, April 26, 2002 9:44 AM
All I can say is "Too Cool!"

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Friday, April 26, 2002 3:04 PM
How can you not be a fan of Disney parks if you've never been to one?

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