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Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New England

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  by b&m 1566
 
No, it has nothing to do with the MBTA, this forum is perfect for it.
Thank you for sharing, I've never stumbled a crossing anything like this before. I looked thought a few of them, some of these railroads were built (N. Brookfield and Provincetown are two examples).
  by jamoldover
 
A lot of them were, but there are some interesting "might-have-been" ones in there, too, like the proposed monorail system from East Boston to Lynn...
  by caduceus
 
jamoldover wrote: Wed Jul 21, 2021 6:55 pm A lot of them were, but there are some interesting "might-have-been" ones in there, too, like the proposed monorail system from East Boston to Lynn...
The what now?!?

So, piquing my curiosity, I did some searches. The only references to Lynn and a monorail I could find of substance was a Mass Senate bill introduced in 1964 (S.535) to study a monorail between Lynn and Revere, which did result in a Senate resolution to allow the MBTA to study it, but that's about it.

I can find a number of bills introduced (and reintroduced, and reintroduced...) to study implementation of a monorail system in general, primarily for the South Shore or to Worcester/Springfield. A few in the mid-80s mention specifically "MARK IV" technology, which was the system built specifically for Walt Disney World when it opened until they were replaced between 89-91. I couldn't find dispositions on them easily. But most of them seemed like wishful thinking more than actual plans, when everyone was in love with the idea of the "futuristic" technology. Even Disney today is reluctant to spend the money it takes to replace the current aging system because it never really took off as a practical system.
  by BandA
 
I think they Disney is unwilling to replace the US monorails because they used Bombardier. In Japan they apparently replaced the monorail trains, which were newer, with new cars from Hitachi, which also supplies other monorail lines. Unfortunately the Japanese & US systems are incompatible.