This picture was taken last Sunday at the NCLUG meeting at the Cameron Village library. The spirals were a quick hack job to demonstrate what we had done previously at NCLTC train shows.� All of the monorail track in the picture belongs to Carin Proctor, I just brough the train. This was the first time it had run in several years and it ran great.
The question I get most often (besides “you really have an Airport Shuttle?”) is how they are connected together. For the most part, the design of the additonal cars follows the orginal plan of the Airport Shuttle but the battery unit needs to be near the monorail motor and the cars need to connect together. Since the monorail chasis plate only connects to the monorail motor, I had to find a different solution. I tried a number of different techniques before I tried the ball and socket elements. These two parts work great, they can handle the curves and elevation changes without any problems.
The other question or concern people tend to have is about the load on the motor. The motor is pretty strong and I have not had any problems with it not being to push the train along. As long as it has a good 9v battery, it seems to run for a long time. Because the motor is geared with the track, there isn’t even a noticable speed difference between the standard two car monorail and my six car version.
One of these I’ll document it correctly and publish the instructions.