Kim Pederson 248 pages hardcover
hen many people hear the word MONORAIL, a theme park ride may come to mind, or even a silly cartoon. Despite those perceptions, each day monorails safely and efficiently carry hundreds of thousands of passengers in non-entertainment transit applications. 'Monorails: Trains of the Future-Now Arriving' delves into the topic, more than any other book has to date. This book begins with a primer on what monorail is, along with some compelling advantages. Monorail's rich and long history is next, along with a chapter of amazing monorails that were once proposed or planned, yet never built. The heart of the book follows with an eye-opening, two-chapter list of the world's transit monorails. Gorgeous color photography captures monorail in a wide variety of environments, along with descriptions and data. The book ends with chapters on how monorail is constructed, the monorailists that promote them, and speculations on the future of monorail.