REVIEWS: Monorails of the Early 20th Century


By Adrian S Garner
Published by Lightmoor Press
208 pages, black & white, 283 x 220mm, hardback. £25.00

THIS amazing piece of work is a follow-up to the author’s 2011 book that covered monorails in the 1800s, moving on to detail those built from 1900 to the end of the Second World War – when development was put on hold until a boom period began in the 1950s (thereby producing too many to catalogue).

The author says his research began 50 years ago, something that can easily be believed from the quality of the finished work. Seven chapters cover the different systems and technologies, such as the almost unbelievable Brennan Gyroscopic Monorail, the Kearney-Thom bicycle, and the Bernie Railplane. Alternatives to these are also explored, along with some more conventional types.

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There is an excellent level of detail throughout, all backed up with a good selection of photographs and diagrams of these transport systems that manage to look both old fashioned and futuristic at the same time. It is a bargain for anyone with even a remote interest in monorails.

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