108-year-old rubber-tyred monorail system re-opened in India

Photo: India's Ministry of Railways.
Photo: India's Ministry of Railways.

A 108-year-old rubber-tyred monorail system has been launched for journeys in India.

According to the country’s Ministry of Railways, the monorail, which is hauled by steam locomotives, was originally used by Bhupinder Singh, who was the ruling Maharaja of the princely state of Patiala at the start of the 20th century.

The National Railway Museum (NRM), in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, recently began to operate the monorail system for visitors. NRM explores India’s railway history and depicts the contributions it has made to the country’s economic development.

It has described the system as “one of a kind” and an important heritage attraction.


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Peter Stanton undertook, between 1968 and 1972, a ‘thin sandwich’ degree course at City University, London, sponsored by British Railways Midlands Region and with practical training at Crewe and Willesden.

In 1980, following a spell as Area Maintenance Engineer at King’s Cross, Peter took on the interesting and challenging role of being the Personal Assistant to the British Railways Board Member for Engineering. As such, he was project manager for several major inter-regional inter-functional schemes.

Under Railtrack, Peter became Engineering Manager for Infrastructure Contracts, based in Birmingham, and then Electrification and Plant specialist for the West Coast Route Modernisation under Network Rail.

Since 2007, as an independent consultant, he has worked on the national electrification programme, Dubai Metro Red Line, Network Rail Crossrail, and Great Western Electrification. He sits on the Railway Technical Advisory panel of the IET and the Conference and Seminars Committee of the Railway Division of the IMechE.

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