Ueno Zoo Monorail

Coordinates: 35°42′51.95″N 139°46′14.5″E / 35.7144306°N 139.770694°E / 35.7144306; 139.770694
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Ueno Zoo Monorail Line
LocaleUeno Zoo
Transit typeSuspended monorail
Number of lines1
Number of stations2
Began operationDecember 17, 1957
Ended operationOctober 31, 2019 (suspended)
December 27, 2023 (decommissioned)
Operator(s)Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation
Number of vehicles1
System length0.3 km (0.19 mi)
Electrification600 V DC

The Ueno Zoo Monorail Line (東京都交通局上野懸垂線, Tōkyō-to Kōtsū-kyoku Ueno Kensui-sen) was a 0.3 km (0.19 mi) long suspended railway operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation (Toei). It lies within the Ueno Zoo in Taitō, Tokyo, Japan. The monorail is similar to the Wuppertal Schwebebahn, but has rubber tires rather than steel wheels. Many of the parts manufactured for the monorail were off-the-shelf.[1] The first monorail in the nation (and the first zoo monorail in the world[2]), it had two stations, single track, and operated at 600 V DC. The line began operating on December 17, 1957, was suspended during 2001–2002, and has been suspended since October 31, 2019, with the operator citing the high costs of replacing the aging trains.[3][4][5] It was officially closed on December 27, 2023.[6] Being located inside the zoo, it only operated on days when the zoo was open, and between 9:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., with departures scheduled every seven minutes. The fare for the 90-second trip was 150 yen.

The Ueno Zoo Monorail carried passengers within the Ueno Zoo.

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  1. ^ "Ueno Zoo". Retrieved March 30, 2007.
  2. ^ "Philadelphia Zoo". Archived from the original on January 4, 2006. Retrieved March 30, 2007.
  3. ^ "Fate of Japan's oldest monorail line up in the air". Japan Times. January 24, 2019. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  4. ^ NISHIMURA, NAOMI (January 24, 2019). "Japan's oldest monorail in Ueno Zoo bound for suspension". The Asahi Shimbun.
  5. ^ "「 上野動物園モノレール40形車両引退イベント』 開催" (in Japanese). railf.jp. October 15, 2019. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  6. ^ "東京都懸垂電車上野懸垂線における鉄道事業廃止日の繰上について" (PDF) (in Japanese). November 13, 2023.

35°42′51.95″N 139°46′14.5″E / 35.7144306°N 139.770694°E / 35.7144306; 139.770694