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Encyclopedia > Toronto Zoo Domain Ride

In 1976, the Metro Toronto Zoo, in Toronto, Canada, began operating an automated guideway transit (AGT) system, a monorail-type vehicle to carry visitors from one 'domain' to another. 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ... The Toronto Zoo is a zoo located in the northeastern part of Toronto, Ontario. ...


The "Domain Train" operated in a ring route with three stations;

 - Main Entrance - Canadian Domain - Americas 

The vehicle was a rubber-wheeled AGT prototype developed by American firm Bendix-Dashaveyor. A single vehicle carried forty passengers, and trains normally ran (3 or 4) vehicles. It operated in a concrete guideway with electricity supplied by rails located above one side of the guideway. Passengers entered and left via doors located at each double row of facing seats. The operator also provided comentary on the animals visible from the train. A secondary set of controls was available in the last car of the train to allow it to be reversed into the strorage/service area located towards the north end of the zoo property.


The ride provided the only way to view several animals. In remote areas of the zoo, Moose, White Tailed Deer and several other exhibits are not accessible from walking paths.


The ride was popular, but an accident in 1994 injured 20 passengers and led the zoo to halt operations. A train climbing the hill from the Canadian Domain lost power and brakes, and rolled backwards down the hill striking a following train which was stationary in the Canadian Domain Station. Plans to scrap the vehicle and tracks dragged well past 1999, and it was ultimately replaced with the tractor-pulled Zoomobile. 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


AGT was sold as the new means of personal transport in 1970s, but the monorail systems were only popular in use at airports and amusement parks in the United States. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ...


Data

  • Builder: Bendix-Dashaveyor
  • Fleet: N/A
  • Capacity: N/A
  • Train capacity: 40 per vehicle
  • Stations: 3
  • Length: N/A

See also

The Toronto Zoo is a zoo located in the northeastern part of Toronto, Ontario. ...

References

  • Automated Guideway Transit
  • Disposition of Domain Ride Equipment - Policy and Fiance Committee Agenda - Thursday, February 17, 2000 - City of Toronto Council Meetings and Committees
  • Canadian Domain Ride Accident

  Results from FactBites:
 
Toronto Zoo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (696 words)
It opened in 1974 as the Metropolitan Toronto Zoo and is owned by the City of Toronto; the word 'Metropolitan' was dropped from its name when the cities of the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto were merged to form the present-day City of Toronto.
The zoo is accessible from Highway 401 located two km to the south, or by TTC buses from Scarborough Centre station.
In 1998, with the amalgamation of the Metro Municipalities, the Zoo was officially renamed the Toronto Zoo.
Toronto Zoo Domain Ride - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (386 words)
In 1976, the Metro Toronto Zoo, in Toronto, Canada, began operating an automated guideway transit (AGT) system, a monorail-type vehicle to carry visitors from one 'domain' to another.
The ride was popular, but an accident in 1994 injured 20 passengers and led the zoo to halt operations.
AGT was sold as the new means of personal transport in 1970s, but the monorail systems were only popular in use at airports and amusement parks in the United States.
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