APTA Expo 2002 - Las Vegas Convention
a photo diary by Kim Pedersen
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Welcome to the Las Vegas Convention Center. What a great place
for Expo 2002, the International Transportation Expo. This huge
gathering takes place only once every three years. In the past,
monorails have been hard to find at the American Public Transportation
Association (APTA) event. This year, right outside the convention
hall front windows monorail was prominent in the form of the Las
Vegas Monorail track, which is under construction for a 2004 opening.
Here's only a small portion of the hall. A huge assortment
of buses, light rail and supplier booths filled the building.
This is the Bombardier display. Hmmm, what's that new train there?
Although the convention was not an official gathering of Monorail
Society members, several were on hand to observe, learn and
network. From left to right are Karl W. Guenther of Sky Train,
Rodney Rutherford of Seattle's Monorail Campaign, John Crofts
of the soon-to-be-famous Ice House Bar (right on the Las Vegas
monorail alignment of course) and Gib Hilton, who is authoring
a book on transportation. Other members were manning their transportation
booths throughout the hall.
Let's look at some of the displays we visited. Max Boegl Construction
was on hand showing models of the new beam design they constructed
for the Shanghai Transrapid line.
Here's a cross-section model of the new Transrapid guideway
shape for Shanghai. The Max Boegl folks were very kind to Gib
and I when we visited. We also visited with Larry Blow and the
folks of Transrapid nearby.
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