Boynton Bicycle Railway Company – WV 1897

Boynton Bicycle Railway Company – WV 1897
Bicycle Railway

Train ran on a monorail track with a monorail above for guidance.

Boynton Bicycle Railway Company – WV 1897
Boynton’s idea was to adapt bicycle technology to railroading. Conventional trains required over a ton of equipment per passenger, and much of the energy that they expended was wasted due to factors such as wind resistance and side sway. But Boynton was convinced that a system incorporating a single rail on the ground, plus another on the top of the train for stability, would not only be more efficient, but could transport people at the then-unheard-of rate of over 60 miles per hour. Brimming with enthusiasm, he set up an experimental line approximately a mile long in the grasslands of Coney Island.
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