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Rohr built cars in the Bronx!

Posted by Caz on Fri Mar 30 19:56:52 2012

That's right! Did you guys ever know that the Bronx Zoo monorail cars were built by Rohr in 1977?

I know its a novelty ride and monorails are usually frowned upon in this site, but I think this system is very interesting, next to the Seattle Monorail and the Disneyland and World systems.

The Bronx Zoo system, known as the Wild Asia Monorail (formerly known Bengali Monorail), has six 9-car trains and one gas powered work car. The trains travel in a loop configuration on elevated, 1.6-mile steel beam guideway through the Wild Asia section of the zoo. The line has wayside signals,very similar to NYCT, in fact, the person who designed the signal system worked for the NYCTA signal dept. Each signal has the usual three aspects, green, yellow and red, that control a block. If a train runs a red signal, it automatically knocks of power to the entire block, stopping the train in emergency.

Line voltage for the monorail is 480VAC feed through bus bars along the guideway. Originally the AC power was transformed to DC to feed the SCR control system and the traction motors. Around 2007, the cars received a major overhaul, which replaced the DC equipment to a variable-frequency AC drives.

It is truly a nice underrated system in NYC.


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Re: Rohr built cars in the Bronx!

Posted by monorail on Fri Mar 30 20:39:04 2012, in response to Rohr built cars in the Bronx!, posted by Caz on Fri Mar 30 19:56:52 2012.

Great info, thanks!!!

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Re: Rohr built cars in the Bronx!

Posted by R36 #9346 on Sat Mar 31 00:08:56 2012, in response to Rohr built cars in the Bronx!, posted by Caz on Fri Mar 30 19:56:52 2012.

I thought it was funny that they were built by Rohr. In particular because they were located in an establishment where one could go see lions... lions that Rohr!

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Re: Rohr built cars in the Bronx!

Posted by chud1 on Sat Mar 31 03:21:38 2012, in response to Rohr built cars in the Bronx!, posted by Caz on Fri Mar 30 19:56:52 2012.

it is a great ride, i have been on it many a time.
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Re: Rohr built cars in the Bronx!

Posted by Dyre Dan on Sat Mar 31 10:15:37 2012, in response to Rohr built cars in the Bronx!, posted by Caz on Fri Mar 30 19:56:52 2012.

They are stored right next to the 180th St. yard, I think one fence separates the NYCT property from the Zoo property.

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Re: Rohr built cars in the Bronx!

Posted by Jersey Mike on Sat Mar 31 13:41:26 2012, in response to Rohr built cars in the Bronx!, posted by Caz on Fri Mar 30 19:56:52 2012.

I came within 1000 feet of the Rohr plant in Georgia while visiting an interlocking, but I didn't realize how close I was and failed to go check it out :-(

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Re: Rohr built cars in the Bronx!

Posted by Caz on Sat Mar 31 14:14:22 2012, in response to Re: Rohr built cars in the Bronx!, posted by Jersey Mike on Sat Mar 31 13:41:26 2012.

Thought the Rohr plant, where the manufactured transit equipment, was located in California?

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Re: Rohr built cars in the Bronx!

Posted by Concourse Express on Sat Mar 31 14:40:24 2012, in response to Rohr built cars in the Bronx!, posted by Caz on Fri Mar 30 19:56:52 2012.

I agree; the Wild Asia (Bengali Express!) monorail is indeed a nice system. I remember riding many times both before and after the overhaul.

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Re: Rohr built cars in the Bronx!

Posted by randyo on Sat Mar 31 15:41:26 2012, in response to Re: Rohr built cars in the Bronx!, posted by Dyre Dan on Sat Mar 31 10:15:37 2012.

I noticed that myself one day when I was going by there and thought it was rather appropriate.

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Re: Rohr built cars in the Bronx!

Posted by grand concourse on Sat Mar 31 20:22:49 2012, in response to Re: Rohr built cars in the Bronx!, posted by Concourse Express on Sat Mar 31 14:40:24 2012.

Agreed.

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Re: Rohr built cars in the Bronx!

Posted by Caz on Sun Apr 1 19:43:54 2012, in response to Re: Rohr built cars in the Bronx!, posted by randyo on Sat Mar 31 15:41:26 2012.

If I remember correctly, the monorail yard has five tracks/beams under a shed and one or two maintenance/shop tracks/beams.

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Re: Rohr built cars in the Bronx!

Posted by George Foelschow on Sun Apr 1 19:51:55 2012, in response to Re: Rohr built cars in the Bronx!, posted by Caz on Sat Mar 31 14:14:22 2012.

Yes, in Chula Vista, within walking distance of a San Diego Trolley station. (I interviewed for a job there some years ago, without the desired result.)

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Re: Rohr built cars in the Bronx!

Posted by DCmetrogreen on Sun Apr 1 21:31:22 2012, in response to Re: Rohr built cars in the Bronx!, posted by George Foelschow on Sun Apr 1 19:51:55 2012.

I know for certain that Rohr build the WMATA series 1000 cars in Winder, GA, but I don't know about the BART A cars.


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