- For the monorail system currently serving Sentosa, see Sentosa Express.
|Transit type||Straddle-beam monorail|
|Number of lines||1|
|Number of stations||7|
|Daily ridership||about 80 passengers when fully occupied|
|Began operation||February 23, 1982|
|Ended operation||March 16, 2005|
|Operator(s)||Sentosa Development Corporation|
|System length||1.2 mi (1.6 km)|
The Sentosa Monorail (Chinese: 圣淘沙单轨列车) was a monorail system which served as the main means of transportation on the island of Sentosa in Singapore. The system was constructed at a cost of S$14 million by Von Roll of Switzerland, who also built the Singapore Cable Car.
Commencing operations on 23 February 1982, the line had initially only five stations. In 1987, Ferry Terminal Monorail Station began operations when the Sentosa Ferry Terminal opened that year, likewise, in 1991, Underwater World Monorail Station commenced operations when Underwater World opened that year. It operated several 16-car, non-air conditioned trains in a unidirectional counter-clockwise single loop through seven stations located around the western half of the island. The monorail rides were initially charged at S$3 for adults and S$1.50 for children. The trip was later made free for passengers, who could ride the system as often as they wished throughout their stay on the island. Four of the stations have two platforms; for such stations, the Spanish solution was employed, where passengers alight at one platform and board at the opposite platform.
There are no terminal stations for Sentosa Monorail.
- Station 1: Ferry Terminal – Opened in 1987; closed in 2005; demolished on March 2007
- Station 2: Underwater World – Opened in 1991; closed in 2005; subsequently repurposed
- Station 3: Fort Siloso (first station to be closed down) – Opened in 1982; closed in 2005; subsequently repurposed
- Station 4: Cable Car – Opened in 1982; closed in 2005; subsequently repurposed
- Station 5: Central Beach / Palawan Beach – Opened in 1982; closed in 2005; subsequently repurposed
- Station 6: SDC Office / Ficus – Opened in 1982; closed in 2005; subsequently repurposed
- Station 7: Gateway / Causeway / Visitor Arrival Centre – Opened in 1982; closed and demolished in 2005
Due to the rapid modernization of Sentosa island, maintenance problems, increasing costs, and declining popularity as visitors started complaining that the ride was slow and uncomfortable, the Sentosa Monorail ceased operations on 16 March 2005 to make way for the new four-station Sentosa Express monorail. Much of the track and all of the rolling stock were sold as scrap for S$350,000. Five of the monorail stations have been repurposed for other uses, such as the "Surrender Chamber" at Fort Siloso, a restaurant being developed at the Central Beach Monorail Station, and the SDC Office Monorail Station was rebuilt and now converted into a bar, although Gateway was demolished when the line closed and Ferry Terminal was demolished in 2007.
Although much of the track was subsequently dismantled, it is believed that the dismantling process was not completed due to an unknown reason, as a section of track near the Underwater World attraction was spotted heading into the adjacent forest, the track was left to the hands of nature, with vines and leaves taking over the remaining structure. On closer inspection, one would also noticed the spots where the electric guide-rail was once installed.
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