AMF MONORAIL WORLD'S FAIR CONSTRUCTION
A. FOUNDATIONS (Station
and Track-Supporting Pylons)
- Pilings - 48,000 lineal feet
- Concrete - 1400 cubic yards
- Steel Reinforcing Rods - 85
- 3-inch Diameter Anchor Bolts
- Structural Steel -2000 tons
- High Strength Bolts - 15,000
- Weld - 110,000 lineal feet (21
- Structural Steel - 385 tons
- Concrete Flooring - 4100 square
- Roofing and Siding - 25,000
- Plastic Paneling - 11,500 square
The station is one hundred sixty-six
feet long, fifty-two feet wide and rises to a height of eighty
feet at its highest point. Escalators bring passengers to and
from the loading platform, over forty feet above the ground.
Trains are loaded and unloaded simultaneously.
- Width - 8' 3"
- Height - 9' 6"
- Length - 45' (over-all - coupled)
Fourteen red and white air-conditioned
cars will operate continuously over the highly automated system.
they will be coupled into seven two-car trains. Each car has
a capacity of forty passengers; eighty passengers per train.
Seating is on a center-aisle plan with all passengers facing
the sides of the car. Large fixed windows afford unobstructed
views in every direction and are especially formulated to permit
color photography from within the car without affecting the color
balance of any photo.
- Paint - 1200 gallons
- Power Railing - 48,000 lineal
feet (9 miles)
- Electric Wire - 350,000 lineal
feet (66 miles)
- 1-1/2 inch Diameter Power Cable
- 18000 lineal feet
- Power Consumption during Operation
- 750 KW
AMF MONORAIL, SET FOR NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR:
VISITORS TO TAKE RIDE 40 FEET IN AIR
More than 15,000,000
visitors to the New York World's Fair are expected to soar forty
feet above ground to enjoy the panoramic view of the Fair's exciting
Lake Amusement Area from a ride on the AMF Monorail being constructed
at a cost of $5,000,000. Marking the entry of American Machine
& Foundry Company into the revolutionary new field of monorail
transportation, the Fair project will combine the best features
of closed loop and scenic ride systems.
The monorail at the Fair is primarily designed
as a truly unique entertainment feature for sight-seers, one
that is bound to be a real conversation piece. Millions of riders
cannot help but appreciate the tremendous potential of the monorail
in helping to solve the ever-increasing problems in mass transportation
here and abroad. Monorail, running above existing traffic, is
one of the most practical and economical solutions to this problem.
AMF's Monorail at the Fair will have seven
two-car trains, each train ninety feet long, operating on two
parallel closed 4,000 foot loops. Three trains on one loop will
travel one way and four on the other loop will move in the opposite
direction. Trains will be automatically controlled. The AMF World's
Fair Monorail is this country's first air-conditioned monorail
installation. Capacity of each train will be 80 passengers. Each
car will have an attendant and points of interest will be described
during the ride.
Automatic controls will incorporate both electrical
and electronic principles in each train. This system will govern
train arrival and departure in the station and open doors for
passengers leaving and entering the monorail cars.
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Walter Dorwin Teague
Associates designed the AMF Monorail cars and coordinated the
industrial design of the World's Fair system.
The AMF Monorail station, of contemporary
design, will be located in the heart of the Fair's bustling Lake
Amusement Area, near the continental Circus and the Florida Pavilion.
Primarily of structural steel, sheathed in fiberglas panels,
the station will have three 100 foot long platforms. There will
be a center platform for passengers boarding trains on both tracks,
with an outside platform for debarking passengers, making possible
the safe and simultaneous loading and unloading of two trains.
Escalators will take monorail riders to and from station platforms.
The AMF Monorail circles the entire Lake Amusement
Area affording passengers a spectacular view of the Fair, including
a bird's-eye view of the elaborate Texas Pavilions and Music
Monorails similar to the AMF installation
at the Fair have been operated with notable success at Santa's
Village in Lake Arrowhead, California, and at the Los Angeles
County Fair. Since AMF's recent announcement of its emergence
in the monorail transportation field, the Company has sparked
the municipal interest of Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Chicago,
Sacramento, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Palm Springs and many other
cities. Atlantic City's Steel Pier and the Palisades (N.J.) Amusement
Park are among leading amusement areas in the nation where monorail
is being given consideration.
AMF, well known for its pioneering in the
field of automated equipment, ingenious tools and launching systems
for Titan and Atlas missiles, would seem to be the logical company
to build monorails anywhere they are needed, and it would appear
that they are needed everywhere.
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AMF to Market
SAFEGE Monorail System
In addition to designing
and building the World's Fair Monorail system, AMF has also been
licensed to market the suspended SAFEGE - Transport high speed
monorail system in the United States. SAFEGE - Transport (Societe
Anonyme Francaise de Gestion et d'Enterprises) is a consortium
of 18 leading French companies, including Renault, Michelin Rubber,
prominent French banks, construction companies and metal fabricating
Requiring a minimum of rights-of-way, the
AMF/SAFEGE suspended system consists of two tracks or treadways
enclosed within a box beam, supported on either or both sides
of pylons which can be erected alongside highways or on existing
thruway and turnpike divider strips.
Utilizing the "third dimension",
the airspace over congested areas, along super highways and expressways,
the monorail has many other advantages. It is safe, fast and
almost noiseless. It provides air-conditioning and little or
no vibration. Its high-strength support beams are narrow and
do not interfere with motor or pedestrian traffic, nor with general
visiblility. The running track is covered so there are no hazards
from the weather. Finally, the savings in initial construction
costs are considerable, since it is estimated that a monorail
costs $1.5 million per mile compared to $10 to $12 million a
mile for subways.
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