Inuyama Monorail - a Photo Essay
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Fast forward to the 2000s. One of the attractions of the area is Inuyama Castle, which is often claimed to be the oldest castle in Japan (original construction in 1440). This image, and many others to follow, was taken by yours truly on my most recent visit to the area in 2003.
The view from the castle shows the Kiso River on the left, and the hills surrounding the town of Inuyama.
Activating the zoom lens on my camera brings the monorail line closer into view. Notice the grade!
In the early years of The Monorail Society I did a brief story on the line in the now defunct Monorail Newsletter (replaced by this website). This sketch shows the alignment of the monorail, which includes several unique features. Let's have a look at the line, starting at the connection with conventional rail lines at Inuyama-Yuen Station.
The monorail platform is right above the conventional rail station, and both the monorail and rail line are operated by the Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu). Those two young men on the platform happen to be my sons, who have been forced to ride monorails with the old man in Australia, Japan, Europe and across America.
TMS member Kevin Barbee took this image in the mid-2000s from the other side of the platform. The train at this point featured the latest rage in transit, wrap-around image advertising.
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