Monorail

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A monorail is a rail-based transportation seestem based on a single rail, which acts as its sole support an its guideway. The term is an aa uised variously tae describe the beam o the seestem, or the vehicles travelin on such a beam or track. The term originates frae jynin mono (ane) an rail (rail), frae as early as 1897,[1] possibly frae German engineer Eugen Langen who cried an elevated railway seestem wi wagons suspendit the Eugen Langen Ane-railed Suspension Tramway (Einschieniges Hängebahnsystem Eugen Langen). The transportation seestem is eften referred tae as a railway.[2]

Colloquially, the term "monorail" is eften uised erroneously tae describe ony furm o elevatit rail or fowk mover.[3] In fact, the term refers tae the style o track,[note 1] nae its elevation.

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  1. The term "track" is uised here for simplicity. Technically the monorail sits on or is suspendit frae a guideway containin a singular structur. Thare is an addeetional generally acceptit rule that the support for the car be narraeer than the caur."Monorail Society, What is a monorail?". Monorails.org. Retrieved 11 September 2010.

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  1. "Etymology Online entry for monorail". Etymonline.com. Retrieved 11 September 2010.
  2. "Dictionary.com definitions of monorail". Dictionary.reference.com. Retrieved 11 September 2010.
  3. "Quite often, some of our friends in the press and public make the assumption that any elevated rail or peoplemover is a monorail". Monorails.org. Retrieved 11 September 2010.