I finally found a useful monorail.

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    Tom ScottTom Scott

    The Doppelmayr Garaventa Monorack is a decades-old product. I've no idea how I missed it before. But for the third video in the Monorail Trilogy, this isn't an advert: I'm just happy to be proved wrong. ▪ More about the Monorack: www.doppelmayr.com/products/m...

    Previously, Wuppertal in 2016: www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4KZL... (I'm not proud of this video -- the Tim Traveller has done a much better video on the system here, and you should probably watch that instead: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IFh6... )

    And the Roadmachines monorail in 2020: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Irv3K...

    (Thanks also to Grotto de Peo in Ronco sopra Ascona. If you're ever in the area, their food is delicious.)

    Camera: Alicja Pahl
    Producer: Sebastian Capeda at Viven viven.ch

    I'm at tomscott.com

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Tom Scott
Tom Scott

I didn't realise, on the day, how strange the camera shots of under the rail would look! To be absolutely clear: the rail is static, the wheels are moving. But because the camera's also moving, you're getting the same effect that makes car wheels look like they're going backwards sometimes. Hopefully it's obvious what's going on!

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Björnkram
Björnkram

you should get forklift certified

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Allan Marsh
Allan Marsh

@Dan Craft Only if you're American

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Kevin Park
Kevin Park

Um, how about harvesting grapes in Italy? Monorails are used all the time for the steep rocky cliffs that make excellent grapes

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Bretton Ferguson
Bretton Ferguson

But Disney World said monorails were the future of transportation. 😀

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William Bowling
William Bowling

Similar monorails are used in Japan by wasabi farmers to reach the top of terraces on the mountainsides where the wasabi is grown.

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Henry Ambrose
Henry Ambrose

I like the reassurance that this isn't an ad, as if we'd find it difficult to believe Tom's enthusiasm for an unusual and obscure piece of infrastructure.

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Stuart Murdoch
Stuart Murdoch

@vitali get

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ᛋᛒᛖ‍ᚱᚫᛞᚻᛏ
ᛋᛒᛖ‍ᚱᚫᛞᚻᛏ

The guy was advertising his monorail company. I was thinking it sounded like an advertisement when Tom said it wasn't. This was barely interesting.

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tumblingartist
tumblingartist

It’s all about the obscurity

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Fusion Reactor
Fusion Reactor

Ahh yes, let me purchase the most niche piece of transport technology ever concieved

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Amal Adiguna
Amal Adiguna

The monorail lobby is a powerful force. I think Tom just doesn't want us to think he was bought out by Big Mono

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Alec Golas
Alec Golas

I love Tom's disclaimer that this isn't an ad for a monorail as if any of us are going to go out and buy one

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Hulafors
Hulafors

I'm friends with a Shepard who's farm is very very steep, he might have a use for this

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just something
just something

Uh

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Debbie Henri
Debbie Henri

You evidently don't have a garden like mine, a love for gardening that just won't go away, and joint problems! This looks great! All I need now - is the money to buy one.

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Audunn Olafsson
Audunn Olafsson

Speak for yourself

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caav56
caav56

@Miles Mojave DO IT

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Jovan
Jovan

As a monorail enthusiast enthusiast, I am really glad you mentioned monorail enthusiasts in this video.

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YTcensorhack
YTcensorhack

@IDon'tKnowAnymore i hear these things are awfully loud

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IDon'tKnowAnymore
IDon'tKnowAnymore

As an enthusiastic monorail, monorail enthusiasts can confirm me.

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YTcensorhack
YTcensorhack

Is there a chance the track could bend?

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Toastbrot _ Junkie
Toastbrot _ Junkie

How does one become a "monorail enthusiast"?

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YTcensorhack
YTcensorhack

Monorail, Monorail, monorail!

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Menachem Salomon
Menachem Salomon

Ah. So a cog railway normally required three rails, two for the wheels and one for the cog track. This one is elevated, and so building just the cog track, making it strong enough to support the carriage, is easiest. Cool, nifty, and fascinating. Thanks, Tom.

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Kr0noZ
Kr0noZ

Yes, also a cog railway (like the one up to the Zugspitze) needs a proper track to be built as it's wieder, has to accommodate larger (almost regular size) rail cars and it can't make super steep inclines or super sharp turns as a result - so a lot of groundwork is required. Now, the big ones can move many more passengers or cargo, but where that is not required a small one like in the video is actually perfect. The alternative would be a small cable car, but those need much more robust infrastructure (the pillars, cables, top and ground station), are harder to maintain and probably way too expensive for most applications.

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kilian so
kilian so

For anyone wondering: This is in “Ronco sopra Ascona” in the italian speaking part of Switzerland. The monorail is used by a restaurant called: “Osteria Grotto da Peo” - highly recommended!

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Metro
Metro

At 2:52 it looks like there is a passenger platform. Is this monorail used to get people up to the restaurant?

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Storytime
Storytime

I figured Switzerland but wasn't too sure because the accent threw me.

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jmi
jmi

Restaurant? Like, hauling patrons to a cooler place to sleep it off?

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dajanala
dajanala

@soundscape26 He mentiones it in the video description.

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Y V
Y V

And that was the actual Ad 🙂

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M Johnson
M Johnson

As an anti-monorail enthusiasts, I am outraged we lost such a valuable member

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KornLS
KornLS

@Lionel Rowe wat

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Bob Orson
Bob Orson

Cope and Seethe, Monorails for ever!

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M Johnson
M Johnson

@William Bonner you got me ;)

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William Bonner
William Bonner

How do you feel re. proofreading?

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just something
just something

Crazy

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Cody Mann
Cody Mann

I love the enthusiasm for being proven wrong on something, and so openly sharing it. It's a level of humility and honesty the world can never have enough of.

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Learning It Quietly
Learning It Quietly

The key is that being wrong shouldn't be taken as a hit to the ego or something painful, damaging or bad. It simple means one was ignorant of certain facts and no longer is- what's the problem?

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Andrei Yang
Andrei Yang

I love that even Tom Scott has plot arcs like "angering monorail enthusiasts" or like "Chris was never called Toast"

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Vocassen
Vocassen

You actually see these alot in japanese mountains as well, just, well rusted (most probably not used for decades). Used to get supplies up to temples/shrines in the mountains, and they are very steep as well.

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Vocassen
Vocassen

@Anakay Honestly not sure, either roads, or perhaps the temples/shrines themselves don't need as much resources anymore with fewer having people constantly living there. I also can't always correlate a rail I've seen to a specific temple

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Anakay
Anakay

What do they use now to get those supplies up there?

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Katherine Crawford
Katherine Crawford

The wider shots of Tom just crawling along at a snails pace are so funny

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Boneless Watermelon
Boneless Watermelon

Glad to hear you survived the wrath of **shudders** monorail enthusiasts

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Sclitch
Sclitch

The Andrew tates of transport

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Sclitch
Sclitch

LMAO

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joey padgett
joey padgett

How dare you! The monorail put Brockway, Ogdenville, and North Haverbrook on the map, by gum!

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Snow Mexican
Snow Mexican

@MetalSpuddy LMFAO

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Viking Teddy
Viking Teddy

@Stéphane Mignot Wait until you see the monorail at my local themepark. It was automated an ran on an Amiga. They've probably upgraded to a raspberrypie or something by now, but who knows, it was still on an Amiga some 12 years ago. I'm afraid to imagine what kinds of fans it has...

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Scitch87
Scitch87

In the rhine valley there are multiple castles which were built on quite some steep hills (obviously for protection) that are nowadays supplied by those small monorails. They are quite ingenious for that purpose. Even some vineyards use them.

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Asdalotl
Asdalotl

i have been on a vineyard monorail, they're a bit intimidating but oh so cool

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The Red Technician
The Red Technician

Monorail's are great, my town is getting one installed and we've been assured it will provide jobs and glide very smoothly.

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Dan Clarke
Dan Clarke

Does it come with a catchy song?

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Alex33
Alex33

I remember seeing monorails like these when I visited Cinque Terre, Italy over the summer. Definitely makes sense for climbing the steep terraced hills and moving supplies around.

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J  
J  

Yesss rack and pinion rail! So cool to see a climbing monorail, glad you distilled something interesting from what others would dismiss as negativity. Switch points on rack and pinion railways with a third rail are absolutely nuts to see in action, its like a huge flip or turntable, something a scoobydoo villain would have in their house, but with rails on it.

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SirisTheSalamander
SirisTheSalamander

Tom's just trying to find more rollercoasters to get on for free or cheap, let's be honest. His conquering of fear towards coasters has evolved into an addiction for them.

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KCJbomberFTW
KCJbomberFTW

The anti coaster e

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Emily Ross
Emily Ross

@JWQweqOPDH He lives in the UK. He follows UK tax laws, not US tax laws.

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NosceTeIpsum
NosceTeIpsum

😂 Love the new perspective on Tom's work! Cheers Tom!

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Nick
Nick

@23adam roller coaster nerd found :p

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nimoy007
nimoy007

@JWQweqOPDH Now you're thinking too hard about it. Obviously he does it for YouTube. He clearly wouldn't do it otherwise! Doesn't change the fact that it wasn't "free."

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JacobSk
JacobSk

"cog railways" also exist in some parts of the United States for niche historical roles. Not long ago, I rode a cog railway up to the top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Very trippy to see the heavy train go up such a steep incline!

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Jared Maddox
Jared Maddox

I don't know that any of them are monorails though.

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Metro
Metro

There is actually one of these operating at a pasture near my town in the german alps. It always looks funny to me when i see it slowly going up and down the hill.

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Jonistan
Jonistan

In this area near Lago Maggiore (Ticino, Switzerland) you will find a surprising amount of monorails due to the steep terrain. Some monorails are like the one in the video, others are cable hauled, like a lift but sort of diagonal with a cabine on the rail and a motor at the top. There are also a lot of rather simple cable cars, not suited for passenger transport, mostly for farmers to transport material. Sometimes people think it's a good idea to use them, but it has been deadly for some.

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CrazyRocketGuy
CrazyRocketGuy

I used to work at a ski resort and regularly worked with Garaventa/Doppelmayr's ski lifts. I never realized that they did more than that; it looks like they do all sorts of wacky transportation methods, this one being only one example.

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Gloweye
Gloweye

I'd say that in the alps, generally for this type of problem they have a skilift-type solution. This might be cheaper, though. Depending on reachability and/or frequency or use/expectations thereof.

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Glorious Radio
Glorious Radio

These are amazing machines, I've never really thought about them too much before but you see a lot of them in Southern Italy transporting - in particular - lemons from mountainside terraced orchards down to the nearest road. Really good idea, they'll go essentially anywhere you can walk to install the legs.

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Ice Fire
Ice Fire

If i had known that we could classify these as monorails i would have mentioned them befor. The region where i live is littered (relativly speaking) with them and they are used to to get grapes down from valley sides that have no room or road at the top for tractor with a winch.

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Brian Heise
Brian Heise

I've seen those kinds of monorails while hiking around Japan for years. I lot of them looked quite old, so I guess this technique has been around for a while.

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ZiranaCain
ZiranaCain

I like that Tom did not specify whether or not the company actually said yes to letting him ride it.

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Terrabalt
Terrabalt

@Addison1024 Who knows if he _didn't_ do it deliberately? ;) Jokes aside, I'm sure that it's a honest "mistake" (that word feels too strong but it's not wrong). We here are just taking that mistake as deliberate and running with it for a laugh.

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Addison1024
Addison1024

@Terrabalt Since he likely didn't do it deliberately with the intention of making a point, it probably was a violation and not a flout (assuming I know what I'm talking about, which might not be a given).

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Terrabalt
Terrabalt

@Addison1024 Is he violating it, or flouting it? After all, why would you explicitly admit to commiting a crime in front of millions?

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Addison1024
Addison1024

@Terrabalt Tbf, he violated two other parts by not giving enough information and allowing it to be slightly ambiguous

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Ucmh
Ucmh

If I imagine a Tom Scott joyride it would probably look something like this, actually...

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アサカスペン
アサカスペン

If you're a non-monorail enthusiast, the Pikes Peak Cog Railway uses the same rack and gear system on a standard track (and is also super cool)

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Martin Paulsen
Martin Paulsen

Mount Washington, in northern New Hampshire, also has a cog railway. The boilers, to stay close to level on the inclines, are built at a crazy angle to the frame of the locomotives.

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kbates666
kbates666

Absolutely, did a trip up there earlier this year. It was amazing

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E. 1981
E. 1981

You should visit one of the vineyards in the northern Italian region called Liguria. They use a similar system to farm stiff mountains that drop straight in to the sea with no other means of transportation. Quite stunning.

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QBEY
QBEY

Crazy how good invention this seems to be despite other monorails being such an awful concept.

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bikkiikun
bikkiikun

The Tokyo Monorail is rather practical. And unlike most Monorails, it's actually fast. As fast as any regular commuter train.

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Nelly
Nelly

Tom's newfound love of roller coasters has taken him to some odd places.

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THar Sul
THar Sul

What a fantastic little machine, makes me wonder if the Astroneer devs are aware of them, as they recently added railways to their game, using an almost identical mechanism, although their gears engage with the sides of the rail.

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JulienZ
JulienZ

We have tons of these specific monorails here in Valais, Switzerland. They're used to travel up and down the many steep vineyards, and transport grapes. They all look a bit sketchy though 😂

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JW Smythe
JW Smythe

That looks really neat. All proven tech, in an (apparently) novel configuration. I could see if one was carrying more heavy cargo, they could have it slung lower on each side for more stability. Well, depending on what their cargo is. Grain would be easy. Boulders, not so much. Even the wear shouldn't be bad, and it's all easy enough to access and repair. Even if the company disappeared tomorrow, a decent machine shop should have no problem building the replacement parts. I'm not a monorail enthusiast or anything. I just like tech. Especially tech that works well. There's no reason that wouldn't work well, unless misconfigured for the application. With the size teeth and rollers they're using, that could probably move literal tons up steep inclines. It looks like the drive gear is stronger than the poles supporting the rail, which is good. It gives them an easy to understand limit to the capacity.

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ArchJ_
ArchJ_

The second you hear 'I have a history with monorails' you know it's gonna be a weird video

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Bored General
Bored General

The second you realise you clicked on a Tom Scott video*

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pyropulse
pyropulse

It wasn't a weird video, though

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Peter Wood
Peter Wood

Things that could start a Tom Scott thing or a Conan O'Brien thing.

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NIDELLANEUM
NIDELLANEUM

I mean, you know you're in for a wild time as soon as Tom Scott shows up

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TacoThunderKing
TacoThunderKing

I've never heard of this guy or seen one of his videos, but for some reason it popped up in my feed and for some reason I clicked it and as soon as I heard the line "I have a history with monorails" I was hooked and had to know more.

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Adam Perdue
Adam Perdue

Very interesting. I live in a mountainous area and was thinking of starting an orchard, but I wasn't sure how to effectively get machinery into areas that needed it. Getting a monorail installed likely wouldn't work for my specific case but maybe something using the basic idea could work.

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Nick G
Nick G

"I just got actually properly enthusiastic about being proved wrong" This is a hard stance to take, we're almost hard wired to not accept being proved wrong but it usually results in learning something interesting

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Alèxia
Alèxia

I am so excited to be wrong. It's one of those examples of excellent engineering where you go "wait that's so obvious and simple"

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David Parkersteyn
David Parkersteyn

I feel like a funicular would be great for a straight path, but as soon as you put in some bends, the mono here is definitely the winner

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Max Lennon
Max Lennon

I'm glad you made this discovery, but I have to say, having beef with a specific type of transportation infrastructure is possibly the most Tom Scott thing I can imagine.

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Termitreter
Termitreter

@Lexi RQ Whats the problem with airport layouts?

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jama211
jama211

@ammo2222 I love all transport! Weeeeeeeee!

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jama211
jama211

@Erkle64 hahahaaa agreed

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Maxx B.
Maxx B.

@Daan Strik I have to apologize, I don't hate the Dutch I just hate them on bikes,

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Nathan Gamble
Nathan Gamble

@Caleb OKAY That's literally where bikes are supposed to be. They're wheeled vehicles. They're not supposed to go on the pavement/sidewalk unless there's a cycle lane on it.

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Francesco Imola
Francesco Imola

There's one just like this in Italy’s Cinque Terre coastline. It runs up and down the mountain between vineyards and overlooks stunning views of the Ligurian sea.

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CT Jaafar
CT Jaafar

Tom looks absolutely excited to ride that monorail, it's adorable to watch!

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August Mackensen
August Mackensen

Could we possibly get a video of a funicular? They're fascinating in their own right, even if they are unequivocally bland to some. I don't know why, but trains going up a 17° grade not only fascinates me, but even leaves me flummoxed.

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MrMonotone
MrMonotone

@Captain Quirk Indeed 110 degrees would be more than a little uncomfortable

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Captain Quirk
Captain Quirk

​@Kev _"This is the steepest funicular in the world at 47% or 110 deg"_ Actually, it's 47(.7) degrees and 110% grade. You had the figures reversed. 🙂

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HowDoIPickAName
HowDoIPickAName

Edmonton has one, and my dad and I can’t get enough of it!

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Kev
Kev

I'd love to see Tom do a video of a funicular - especially Stoos bahn. This is the steepest funicular in the world at 47% or 110deg, and is made by the same company that makes this monorack - Garaventa. Super cool as the round pods rotate to keep passengers level as it goes up hill.

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l-3176-l
l-3176-l

This is so neat. I would love to ride one of these through a canyon or similar terrain like along a cliffside.

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Nazarii Petelskyi
Nazarii Petelskyi

It's almost scary how enthusiastic Tom is about this monorail

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beefsack
beefsack

Lyle Lanley in disguise.

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Marvin De Bot
Marvin De Bot

@lujo218 Followed by Raid Shadow Legends.

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Lauren Rose
Lauren Rose

@JackRabbitSlim not on your life my Hindu friend

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JackRabbitSlim
JackRabbitSlim

Is there a chance the track could bend?

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Rajiv
Rajiv

I think he's mainly this enthusiastic because he was proven wrong. People like Tom love being wrong, because it means they learned something new.

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Dimitri Putin
Dimitri Putin

I really enjoyed the video. I learned something new myself and got appreciation for him, as in this day and age, listening to other opinions, testing it and going back on one's word in light of new information has sadly become a rare sight indeed.

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Ant-One
Ant-One

Oh yes Monorack! There is a lot of them in Valais in Switzerland. They are used to get around really steep vineyards. You can see them in Sion!

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Jesse Phillips
Jesse Phillips

Reminds me of the monorail system on Hallasan on Jeju island in South Korea. There are two that go about halfway up the mountain to rest stations. They are used both for cargo and in case people get injured on the hike.

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CuriousEchidna
CuriousEchidna

I remember having the rack and pinion system explained to tween me on a historical steam train in Tasmania. Simple and effective to make impossible railways functional.

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Rob M
Rob M

I love that Tom is one of those rare souls who doesn't just admit it, but gets excited about being proved wrong.

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ShyDiggy
ShyDiggy

@John WT you’re not ok lmao

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Villain in Glasses
Villain in Glasses

He has a scientific mind and all good science is built on proving things, right or wrong.

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Balthor
Balthor

@jeeB John WT is a hardcore radical anti-monorailist, his family, friends, and pet clown Dumpy all got massacred by monorails in the great monorail uprising of '09, he tries to hide his true intentions but we, the Monorail Apologist Multiconglomerate Association (or MAMA for short), know of him and his campaigning. Don't be fooled by the innocent picture of a generic brown-haired caucasian male, behind that screen there's a steaming engine of ruthless hatred, powered by the coals of revenge, segmented and malicious and which, worst of all... **shudders** ... rides on two rails...

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ndnprct3
ndnprct3

@John WT hey, are you good? like seriously, you're so damn hostile here, and for what? did something happen to you recently? because whatever it is, that's no reason to take it out on others. drink tea or something, i don't know, do whatever you need to do to chill out just a little bit.

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jeeB
jeeB

@John WT why are you being so damn hostile about this

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AydreaBlue
AydreaBlue

Reminds me of the inclinators (incline passenger lifts) that are used prolifically on steep residential properties in Sydney and elsewhere on the east coast of Australia (and probably in other places too - I’ve just not been there!). Except of course an inclinator only has a cabin for standing up and I’ve never see one go around corners!

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jliller
jliller

I'm pleased to see someone thought to combine a cog railroad with a monorail. A reminder that sometimes you can make good new technology simply by combining the best of two existing technologies.

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HookerHeels
HookerHeels

As a monorail enthusiast, I love this as much as I loved your other videos on them.

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Catsgirl32
Catsgirl32

I saw the monorail come into frame and it very much reminded me of the vineyards on the steep mountains/hills I saw around the Moselle river in Germany. There I kept seeing these rails too, with very similar carts on them. I kept thinking how crazy they are for making vineyards on the steep parts of the hills, and thought it would be terrifying to sit in one of those carts going crazy steeply up the mountains at some parts. But yes! Those probably are the same as this one, and besides the inconvenient choices made that caused the steepness issue I'll give them props for coming up with this solution.

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Louis Costa
Louis Costa

You're a genius. The quality and quantity in your videos is incredible. Especially considering you produce many that are under 5 minutes. Such a sweet spot for the average attention span.

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Jan Krusat
Jan Krusat

These monorails (though I don't know if they have been made by the same manufacturer) are quite common in the vinyards set up along the steep sides of the Moselle valley here in Germany. They are used by the vintners to carry stuff up and down the hillsides. The bottom stop is usually beside a road, which can be access by tractor or truck and they are mostly petrol powered.

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Steve W
Steve W

That looked like Ascona/Lago Maggiore in the background. Once you get off the beaten track that whole area is peppered with devices (usually suspended from wires) to solve the problem of how to get yourself and your groceries from the car to your house halfway up a mountain. A good number are home made and look about as well constructed as an orange box.

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SubZero
SubZero

This is such a great short video! Love your enthusiasm on being wrong. I hope one day I can express this same feeling to those close to me

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Charles Murray
Charles Murray

I wonder if the seating compartment was crafted from a mono-log.

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cameron benton
cameron benton

Tom always gives me something good to watch on my lunch break at work. I think I’ve leaned more from Tom than I did in all my History classes put together

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josh spure
josh spure

Hi Tom, I'd just like to say that your computer videos have benefitted me greatly, I'm actually looking at a cybersecurity career now at a quite important place in the UK, I'd just like to ask, would you be able to do more "how computers work" videos? I have quite a few quals in computing already but always seem to find out now things from your videos, thanks :)

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John Van Boolen
John Van Boolen

Hi Tom, I did ride on that Mono rail in Wuppertal Germany....What a feat of engineering that is, given it's age !! Thanks for the vids mate

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Max Duckwitz
Max Duckwitz

I live in Germany near the "Mittelrheintal", the valley of the Rhine river where very unique wines are made. The grapes have to grow on the steep slopes along the valley and this kind of monorail has been used there for many years to transport the grapes down the slopes which are too steep for any tractors. They are a regular sight here.

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Compaszer
Compaszer

Rack railways use the same principle to climb steep hills, but they do have support tracks, so they can be a bit larger and transport multiple persons at once

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pork chopp
pork chopp

You have to appreciate someone that will stand by their convictions, no matter how much hate it brings them. But once they're proven wrong, they never mind admitting it and even get enthusiastic about what they discover.

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C1Ansy
C1Ansy

Doppelmayr is a really great company. Their ropeways are awesome

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Canned Worms
Canned Worms

Well sir, there's nothing on Earth like a genuine, bona-fide, electrified, one-car monorail!

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Pierce Johnson
Pierce Johnson

I both love and am saddened to report that we're all making a twenty NINE year old reference here :)

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Left Joy-Con
Left Joy-Con

@tvdan1043 Now wait just a minute

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tvdan1043
tvdan1043

Ah, it's not for you. It's more of a... SHELBYVILLE idea!

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Beyond Batcoif
Beyond Batcoif

@jeeB you haven't lived.

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Chris Noone
Chris Noone

Sorry, Dave, the mob has spoken

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Jim Wisnor
Jim Wisnor

Great job on admitting when you are shown to be incorrect. Keep up the good work!

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deezynar
deezynar

I have seen videos taken in areas of Europe where they grow grapes on steep hills, and they use monorails like that to get to the plants. Thanks for showing how they work, I always wondered about that. I'm guessing that the "teeth" on the drive "gear" are made of rollers, so they have very little friction as they engage with the teeth on the track. You definitely don't want the teeth on the track to wear out because replacing all the track would get quite expensive.

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Nightthought
Nightthought

As a diverse infrastructure enthusiast, I am so glad that monorails can, in fact, be a good idea. I was so sad when I heard that they were generally bad, because lots of options is my jam. To be clear, I am not a monorail enthusiast. I just like niche infrastructure.

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Toepferle
Toepferle

I am happy you found this. Here in the Mosel region in Germany, a lot of these systems are being used in Vineyards. Those are very steep and made of slate, so there aren't many other solutions to work them efficiently. Machinery cannot work these places, so those monorails help in getting equipment to the plants and grapes down to the road where they can be loaded. :)

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TheFakeCanadian
TheFakeCanadian

Tom seems right that monorails only seem to be practical in edge cases. But if computer science has taught me anything it’s that edge cases appear more often than you think.

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Matheus Jahnke
Matheus Jahnke

I'm going to say that, depending on how you read your question, there's selection bias. Turns out you don't get a emergency call when everything works perfectly. You do when it doesn't. And software fails with edge cases frequently because people don't care as much as they should. In theory, they are much less frequent than non edge cases, in practice, you deal with them just due to the sheer amount of cases.

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Matheus Jahnke
Matheus Jahnke

​@Adrian Schell not every. Analog circuits do not have to be programmed, they aren't even digital. As application specific integrated circuits(ASICs), their "programming" is just plain old hardwiring. Also, computer engineering: "Am I a joke to you?". Software engineers don't design chips, at least that's not their function, they might program them. Other than these nitpicks(which sometimes sound more than they are), you're right.

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Extra stuff
Extra stuff

@Maden Smith Maybe things like vineyards, have seen them on fairly hilly/sloped terrain before? Other trees/shrubs that can stay there doing their thing without too much interference and don't need heavy equipment could work too.

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Tony Th
Tony Th

I love things that only work in edge cases, and then figuring out the edge cases they work in.

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Ian
Ian

I guess most things have edges.

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raydunakin
raydunakin

I want one! It looks like it could be a lot of fun in the right setting.

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🍅
🍅

I’ve seen in Japan where they use petrol powered monorails like this to move things on hillside terrains too

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MemeDaddy69
MemeDaddy69

I love monorails, they look awesome. One of the mayor factors in this is their rarity, therefore they gain their value as an oddity because of their inefficiency in comparison to their competition.

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gingergeordiejames
gingergeordiejames

If you go to Germany's Mosel Valley, there are a large number of these supplying the vineyards. I was lucky enough to ride one about a decade ago when I visited the area.

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Benji Sun *Moxie*
Benji Sun *Moxie*

Farming monorails are also not uncommon in rural Japan for farming along steep inclines, mainly for certain kinds of fruit orchards but also for mushroom farming below the canopy of trees to shade from direct sunlight. Nikkari, Koei-Sangyo, Masatomi are companies that produces farming monorails.

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Benji Sun *Moxie*
Benji Sun *Moxie*

@IreneWY They're very much also in China, Philippines, and Indonesia, i think they're in South Korea and Malaysia as well but i don't have info about those countries. He could have meant Japan but he could mean more than one country by saying Asia.

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Benji Sun *Moxie*
Benji Sun *Moxie*

@A Barratt also vineyards and tea farms in less flat areas like southern Fukuoka prefecture around Yame/Ukiha, or in really rural communities in the mountains of Gunma, Yamanashi, ...

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だいやJobalisk
だいやJobalisk

Lots of these on Sagi island in Hiroshimaken

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Ged Maybury
Ged Maybury

@Someone I love this concept! We just need to genetically re-engineer vines ... and: Bingo!

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RFC3514
RFC3514

@IreneWY - So you think they're not used anywhere else in Asia?

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Tommo
Tommo

I saw a very similar home made system out in the wild going up a mountain west of mount Fuji while hiking. Had never seen anything like it. Looked like it led up to a paragliding jumping platform.

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tobyoverthere
tobyoverthere

I saw this in Jeju, South Korea and wondered what it was! I wonder if it was made by this company. It was at Hallasan, and it was so steep in part I wondered how people clung on.

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Robert Rosen
Robert Rosen

One of the characteristica of Tom, which keeps me watching, is his honesty. If he made a mistake, he corrects it and he walks statements back if necessary. Tom is a rare gem in this era of misinformation!

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David Jashi
David Jashi

I went 80 km off-route just to have a ride on Wuppertal monorail. Never regretted a single moment of it.

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soggymoustache
soggymoustache

Tom Scott is the type of person who researches monorails in his free time

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bitbeak
bitbeak

and in job time too apparently

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Just Looking
Just Looking

And yet, here we are.

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John No
John No

Tom Scott is the kind of person who gets lost on Wikipedia and then makes a game show about it.

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Rafael Ripoll Gallardo
Rafael Ripoll Gallardo

And we are the type of person watching a monorail researcher do it and talk about it. XD I personally love it! He, and the people involved in his videos never cease to amaze me.

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134343
134343

You dont?

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Samuel Moore
Samuel Moore

Wow. I can see so many accessibility uses for this up here in Alaska at remote cabin sites.

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Bee Hay
Bee Hay

I love this! You were just in your own little world as you rode along.🤗 Thank you for sharing.💜

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TruSnake
TruSnake

A friend of mine uses a monorack system to get from their dock up to their cabin atop a cliff that's otherwise unreachable. Without this system the land would be largely unusable. (the cargo space also makes hauling luggage a breeze!)

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marylong17
marylong17

I'm from Switzerland (Valais, Vaud) and we have a ton of these, they are very common in steep vineyards to get the grape boxes up or down to the nearest road.

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Matthijs Schrijvers
Matthijs Schrijvers

i love how he gets enthusiastic when he gets proven wrong. I wish more of us had that. its such a good trait to have!

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Gills1776
Gills1776

@Joan Sparky Free markets only exist in theory. Our system of capitalism is based off of false premises instead of reality

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Gills1776
Gills1776

@Aiden Aune There’s no legitimate intellectually minded progressive that thinks either they, the solutions to problems, or the world is perfect. That’s a ridiculous and antagonistic strawman

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Aiden Aune
Aiden Aune

@Joan Sparky it is because they know their ideas are incorrect, yet they do not want to accept it, they would rather live believing a lie than accept that they are wrong. its party because admitting that they are wrong requires admitting that the world isnt perfect and they will always have struggles, and partly because it requires admitting they arent perfect.

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iWatchWithNoAds
iWatchWithNoAds

He wasn't proven wrong. His previous video doesn't say "all" monorails are bad. He specifically ranted about passenger transport in city. "proven wrong" is clickbait.

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Guy Clarke
Guy Clarke

Farms on the side of hills in Korea too. I confess Don't remember where or when but a TV doco showing the monorail taking workers up the hill and produce back down again.

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Piyush Gupta
Piyush Gupta

In India, in some very high altitude Himalayan borders, army equipments still has to be transferred using mules/by hand. Could be used there. Well be interesting to see upto which elevation angle (steepness) it can work. May be a pulley system (like a lift) can work on slopes that are too steep

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Roland Wolters
Roland Wolters

I've seen this before in German wine regions around the Moselle. You should take a look around Traben-Trarbach. The machines look a bit old so I think it is in use for a long time.

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BassBiest
BassBiest

There are monorails in mining operations here in Germany as well. Since the ceiling needs to be supported anyway, you can also suspend a rail, which can then be used to transport heavy equipment and personal in a narrow space where the ground also isn't suitable for rail construction.

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All Pinck
All Pinck

Tom Scott videos are so addictive, I just can't get enough. Always a pleasure to see you upload

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Maronicam
Maronicam

This video is not a commercial. It's just an action expected by the peace treaty between Tom and The Great Monorail Enthusiast Society.

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A Barratt
A Barratt

Tom has got to go to Japan, and whilst he's there, I hope he gets to do a video on the superconducting magneto hydro drive (ship in Kobe, drive unit in the museum of maritime technology in Tokyo!). Yes, there's a reason it's in a museum. Plus, his monorailphobia can be laid to rest.

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Alon Tsang
Alon Tsang

How does it break in case of mechanical failure? I mean, its entire balance is secured by a clamp. What if one of the gears breaks a few teeth? Will it start sliding back down the rail uncontrollably until it takes a turn while speeding and flying off of the damn rail completely?

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Hello Kitty Fan Man!
Hello Kitty Fan Man!

I definitely think it should have some kind of seat restraint, though -- obviously not because you'd crash into someone, but because there are some scary height areas where you might be able to fall off easily!

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Steve XL
Steve XL

I think they use monorail systems to get the equipment and large ammunition in, out, and around naval warships too.

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Not Applicable
Not Applicable

It's funny, I have regularly hiked the trails of the mountain near my house, and I was always so curious about this thin, uncared for rail that snaked through the mountain forest. Looks like I finally got my answer, just a shame the rail seems to no longer be in use.

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The Lunatic02
The Lunatic02

time to start investing you time and money! bring back the monorails! Make monorails great again!

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Baptiste Carron
Baptiste Carron

@Staffan Lundgren There's plenty of those in Switrzerland, mainly on the steep vineyards in the southerns Cantons

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Staffan Lundgren
Staffan Lundgren

Where is this rail ? Can you make a video of it ?

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Glaaki13
Glaaki13

cool!

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Solid Hog
Solid Hog

You know what I would like to see as a video? How you do a video. In detail! I mean how you get the idea for a video, the research, the planning, the journey, about the drone and all the rules, the editing. It would be nice to see exactly just how much work goes into it compared to what we believe.

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Richthofen80
Richthofen80

This type of gear in the track system is also possible with traditional rail. The Mount Washington Cog Railway is a good example.

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Chris D'Asaro
Chris D'Asaro

That should have been an addvert. They took their time to allow you to sample their product and show you that there is a competent way in which a single rail system could work well.

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