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Behind the scenes – A closer look at Blackpools Monorail

One of the most relaxing ways to ever see a park is by taking a Monorail, the raised track can give a great view of the park and the various attractions on offer, as well as some parts of the park you wouldn’t see during a park visit like maintenance areas, offices and the in Blackpools case the Casino building.

The Blackpool Pleasure Beach Monorail is no different to this and the 10 minute journey around the park gives the visitor a great view of the world.

Pleasure Beach Blackpool bought the monorail in 1964 from the Lausanne expo in Switzerland and it was opened

in Pleasure Beach in 1966. Some great photographs showing the opening can be seen on the park in the north booking office. The monorail was extended after opening with a loop around the first floor of the Casino building.

These behind the scenes photographs were taken during an organised visit by Club Pleasure beach during May 2008.

Monorail storage areas.

Monorail maintenance vehicle, I would love to see this moving around the track.

The Transfer track.

The transfer track for the monorail is located just outside the maintenance/storage area.

The teeth turn below and another piece of track moves into position to allow the train the enter the storage/maintenance area.

Some general track photographs.

Track heading towards Valhalla.

The opposite way towards north car park.

Into the first of the covered areas.

Monorail in action.

Id like to thank Club Pleasure Beach for arranging this trip and the Pleasure Beach management for the tour.

If you want to use any photographs on this blog please get in touch paul@ridemad.com im quite happy to share and have high resolution copies of everything used

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  1. I like the covered train, didn’t that used to be something like a Pepsi train? Can’t say I’ve seen it out before.

  2. I am sure that back in the 80′s this monorail used to stop at now called the Casino Biulding. I am sure that the first floor of this building used to have a restuarant and games. I have vivid memories of catching the monorail from the white building and getting off else where within the park. Am I correct? If anybody remembers the monorail from back then please reply.

    Tim

  3. Hi Tim. Yes, you’re correct, There used to be a station om the first floor of the White Tower. In later years (late 80s / early 90s), there was a very airy pool hall upstairs and much of the downstairs area was dedicated to arcade and fruit machines.

  4. the pepsi max is too scary but the monorail is perfet

  5. it was always “not opperating” when i was going to go on it :(

  6. I’m sure there used to be more than two trains too. I can remember a red open top train also?!

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