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Was Area Monorail Pioneer Ahead of Time, or Off Track?
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TitleWas Area Monorail Pioneer Ahead of Time, or Off Track?
AbstractThe Mike Hendricks commentary column features the story of Louis Swinney and his backyard monorail he invented back in the 1960s. "The two-wheeled vehicle was 21-feet long and powered by a car engine. It ran atop a rail that was 4 feet off the ground and laid out in an 800-foot circle." It had a gyroscope which kept the car stable and erect while riding atop a rail. The local paper, in the August 21, 1962, edition, covered a test drive of the system at 46th Street and Stong Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas. Includes a picture of what the monorail system in Kansas City would look like.
AuthorMike Hendricks
DateAugust 20, 2007
SourceThe Kansas City Star
LocationVertical File: Street Railways
SubjectMass transit
Monorail railroads
Local SubjectStreet Railways
Swinney, Louis
Item TypeNewspaper Article
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Item ID217470
CONTENTdm number37090
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