Spotting a disused monorail line in Blackpool.
In amongst the many many many different things I like to spot are monorails. On our recent trip to Blackpool I actually walked under one without realising. It was only when Emily mentioned that it looked like it wasn't used any more and pointed it out that I saw it.
The Blackpool Pleasure Beach Monorail was decommissioned in 2012 by which time there was only one station left on the loop. The ride ended its time as a sightseeing tour of the Pleasure Beach rather than an actual transportation system as it was when it first opened in 1966.
There is a claim that the Blackpool Pleasure Beach Monorail was the UK's first commercial monorail system. A claim also held by Butlin's - whose own monorail opened at the Skegness Holiday Camp in 1965.
Unfortunately I couldn't find any photos of us on the Monorail - or the ride in action - in our archives from trips to Blackpool in 2008 and and 2009. But I did find some other great photos that I'd forgotten all about!
Luckily there is still a monorail to ride in Blackpool - the indoor Pirate Flyer at Coral Island.
In the meantime check out this blog post about the monorail we got to ride at Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach this summer.
Related blog posts:
- Blackpool Pleasure Beach
What started as an exploration of the minigolf courses in the UK and around the world has exploded into all areas of the weird, wonderful and especially the unique. Sharing the great (and not so great) things we find, learn about and appreciate as we go!
Sunday, October 30, 2016
The Blackpool Pleasure Beach Monorail
Posted by Richard Gottfried at Sunday, October 30, 2016
Labels: Blackpool, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, defunct, Emily Gottfried, monorail, Richard Gottfried, Seaside
Location: Blackpool, UK
I’m a Champion Miniature Golfer on a tour of the UK’s minigolf and crazy golf courses. Coeliac living a gluten free life. Train nerd. Retro gamer. Urban explorer.
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