Gold Coast Monorail is closing down

 
  Dazzagc Station Master

Monorail had been run between The Oasis and Jupiter Casino will be last run on this sunday night of 29th January 2017 after 27 years,  since opened on 8th September 1989,  it will be free ride on the weekend.

http://www.mygc.com.au/gold-coast-monorail-close-weekend/

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  MetroFemme Assistant Commissioner

Too expensive to run?
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
Too expensive to run?
MetroFemme

Probable lack of spare parts.

This problem affect "unique" design, where no similar lines exists to supply or even canabalise spare parts.

The Birmingham UK Airport people-mover had to close down when they ran out of spare parts.

Spare parts may be difficult to rebuild if they use electronic chips that are no longer made. Or 5" floppy disks?

The Sydney monorail had several trains when it closed down just a few years ago, but these trains were probably of a different "gauge", on of no help in keeping the Gold Coast Monorail going.

The plans of the spare parts may also be missing?
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Alot of Monorails that I have once ridden have now closed. I think this was a space age fad from 70's and 80's that was never able to fully achieve its potential.
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
Is this the last monorail in Australia?
  Clyde Goodwin Junior Train Controller

No great loss was just a low usage tourist gimmick
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Is this the last monorail in Australia?
don_dunstan

And no plans for any others.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Is this the last monorail in Australia?
don_dunstan
I think Sea World's monorail is still running
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Is this the last monorail in Australia?
I think Sea World's monorail is still running
Pressman
There doesn't seem to be any mention of it on the Sea World website.
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
I think it's simply that it didn't appeal to the modern mindset. The gondola at Seaworld closed down in 2015 and it was almost the last survivor of dozens of chairlifts and gondolas that used to run at theme parks and show grounds.* I reckon a monorail fits in roughly the same category and it just doesn't have much appeal these days.

* List of passenger ropeways in Australia (excluding ski resorts). (Queensland is at the end of this table.)
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Sad to hear about the Casino Monorail. I saw it a few times but I never got around to riding on it.

I think elevated rail did and possibly still does have potential eg in Kuala Lumpur.

Curiously society seems to have moved away from anything that is space age.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Sad to hear about the Casino Monorail. I saw it a few times but I never got around to riding on it.

I think elevated rail did and possibly still does have potential eg in Kuala Lumpur.

Curiously society seems to have moved away from anything that is space age.
GeoffreyHansen
Problem is they never lived up to the hype. The amusement parks bought them so their futurist look would attract the tourists, but the public transport operators avoided them because they were costly to build, slow, carried limited numbers and inflexible. "The Simpsons's" episode on Monorails wasn't that far off the mark.

In the 60's and 70's we were going to the Moon, then Mars and the stars and flying cars in sight. 40 years later we got to the moon, 6 times with only a dozen men ever walking on it. The replacement Skylab project was half arsed project. Flying cars and house hold robots have still not occurred. Cars still use an engine based on pistons burning petrol over 100 years after its invention and nothing to replace this highly practical energy source for decades to come.  

With regard to PT, we are going back to the future with bring trams under the guise of a new name, Light Rail, but ironically usually the opposite being built with heavy rails to defer costly replacement in future. We still move people on trains and they are growing in popularity unlike the 70's. the only thing space age is our mobile phones, TV's and internet.
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
Actually RTT, the newest big trend in public transport is gondolas. Not just one-offs like the one crossing the lower Thames east of London, or the new tourist gondola at Arthurs Seat near Melbourne, but gondola systems integrated into the public transport system. They have the benefit that a carriage arrives at stations every 30 seconds.

Gondolas have become especially popular in locations that are too steep or cluttered for new rail or road routes and some cities in South America have five or six lines with several stations on each line. All modern gondolas detach themselves from the fast moving cable at stations, so they're easy to get on and off.



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  tazzer96 Deputy Commissioner

I heard this thing was awfully loud.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Sad to hear about the Casino Monorail. I saw it a few times but I never got around to riding on it.

I think elevated rail did and possibly still does have potential eg in Kuala Lumpur.

Curiously society seems to have moved away from anything that is space age.
Problem is they never lived up to the hype. The amusement parks bought them so their futurist look would attract the tourists, but the public transport operators avoided them because they were costly to build, slow, carried limited numbers and inflexible. "The Simpsons's" episode on Monorails wasn't that far off the mark.

In the 60's and 70's we were going to the Moon, then Mars and the stars and flying cars in sight. 40 years later we got to the moon, 6 times with only a dozen men ever walking on it. The replacement Skylab project was half arsed project. Flying cars and house hold robots have still not occurred. Cars still use an engine based on pistons burning petrol over 100 years after its invention and nothing to replace this highly practical energy source for decades to come.  

With regard to PT, we are going back to the future with bring trams under the guise of a new name, Light Rail, but ironically usually the opposite being built with heavy rails to defer costly replacement in future. We still move people on trains and they are growing in popularity unlike the 70's. the only thing space age is our mobile phones, TV's and internet.
RTT_Rules
The world's perception of "Space Age" has changed a lot since the 60's.
Monorails where a new conception, like many other things. Hindsight has shown that whilst "space age" in appearance they have draw backs and their advantages are not so visible. Yes, slow, inflexible etc, but their footprint was an advantage, built above ground so disturbing minimal real estate. Maybe this is why the examples of the successful ones are in SE Asia's largest, most densely populated cities.
Yes we got to the moon and hence proved the concept it could be done, but it bore a massive cost (and still does).
Flying cars ......... well I'll leave that alone!
Household robots ..... many people do have "robot" vacuums these days.
Household electronics ....... Automatic lighting control, remote air con control, would have all been considered 'robotic' in the 60's
How many find it strange that all those "fuel efficient" engine projects of the 70's and 80's (like the sarich orbital engine) were quietly gobbled up by Ford and GM and consigned to the basement vaults? Well after all the energy crisis that inspired them didn't last long did it?
Today we see the Electric and Hybrid cars going gang busters

Probably the biggest mover has been electronics.
In my lifetime we have gone from having just a home radio to B&W TV, to Colour TV, to Satellite & cable TV
From landline rotary dial telephones to push button phones to pagers, to cordless phones to mobile phones (I remember the first one I saw -- the battery was the size of a car battery!)
From newsprint to the internet
Computers were something a multinational company had one of, to home computers for those who could afford it, to smart phones where near everyone has a instant, constant connection to the world.

All this in a mere 60 years!



Many of todays gadgets were not even thought of in the 60's
The 60's "space age" paled in comparison to todays 'space age' as did their concept of the 'future'
  Dazzagc Station Master

Seaworld still have monorail and still running.
  X Class Locomotive Driver

This monorail was so "iconic" that I never knew anything about it until I read this thread.
  Dazzagc Station Master

it's Officially ceased at 530pm today 1989-2017..
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
it's Officially ceased at 530pm today 1989-2017..
Dazzagc
Did you get your free ride?
  Heleno Beginner

Monorail is actually quite popular in Asia, and new lines are frequently being announced (some of which are even getting built!).  It's actually a good transport solution, taking up minimal surface space whilst not costing as much as tunneling underground, and easier to deploy on uneven surfaces than light rail.

One problem is that in the West, too many people think of it as an amusement ride, rather than as serious transportation, because it's so synonymous with the Disney theme parks.  The Simpsons episode really did not help with this.

(And for the record, I got my free ride yesterday on the last public train.  I was THE last member of the general public to make it through the queue.  The last 3 of us to board were railfans, which I thought was cool.)
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
I heard this thing was awfully loud.
tazzer96
It glides as softly as a cloud!
  Gaz170 Junior Train Controller

Location: Gold Coast
Missed the last day, but did travel on it with the family a year ago.
  Gayspie Assistant Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, SA
I am actually really hurt by the sudden closure of this important piece of transport infrastructure in australia! Sad
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
I am actually really hurt by the sudden closure of this important piece of transport infrastructure in australia! Sad
Heath Loxton
A monorail that runs less than a mile between a shopping centre and a casino is an important piece of transport infrastructure?
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
I heard this thing was awfully loud.
tazzer96
No loud at all. I have ridden on it since the start and stood under it and beside it within the shopping center and casino as well as out in the open. It was only a curiosity toy like type train that saved the passengers a walk across the busy multi-lane Gold Coast Highway and a small watercourse. Being fully enclosed, it would have been useful in stormy weather.

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