Jump to content

Indian Monorail in the Early 20th Century

Rate this topic


Recommended Posts

Did you know India had a rather strange Monorail System in Patiala in the Punjab, pulled by mules?




It was a mad looking affair with a single ground rail, double flange ground rail wheels and an outrigger wheel to balance the thing. Designed like this to save on cost and time in laying track, primary set up to move concrete from the works to site, when the building was complete they took up the track and installed it at the new site. Steam locos were brought in later which were stronger than a team of mules pulling five coaches rather than two for the mules!


Thought I'd seen it all!.....


The modeller could save 50% on the cost of the track!!



Link to comment
Share on other sites



It's called 'NO Gauge'!!


Looking at the photos in the mag, they show a picture with the passenger frame removed from the running gear, the deck is slung very low on the ground rail wheels. These wheels would stick up between the seats- imagine getting the seat beside the wheel.... crunch!



Link to comment
Share on other sites

I saw the sole surviving engine in steam in Delhi Railway Museum nearly forty years ago, and it's still there, though not workable any more. There is a carriage too, and I had a ride in it round a circuit of track (rail!) they have there. It was indeed a MOST peculiar thing - naturally the ride was somewhat rough, and that was with a "road" which was smooth. Where it originally ran, the road was a dirt road, anything but smooth. It would have been an extremely uncomfortable, and very slow thing to travel in. I have colour pics of it somewhere, in fact I may have old cine film of it in operation...must look....


Having said that, I wonder if any other IRM folks have ever travelled in an 0.3.0 on a railway with no gauge? Anyone here ever travel behind it?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

At the St Albans show in January, there was a chap showing progress on his Lartigue layout. Unlike the French layout [which just goes round in a scenic circle], this will be part of one of the terminus stations, complete with turntable points and so one. A frames for the track were very nicely etched and the whole thing looked very promising. He brought a L&B wagon to compare with my Sligo ones & it was surprising how big the former were. No loco to show yet, but it is a bold project that deserves to do well.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use