I was reading the thread regarding the monorail incident in WDW and it brought up one safety design flaw on DL's Mark VII monorails. I started discussing it with a friend of mine (who is a DL monorail pilot) and they pointed out that the old Mark V trains had side windows in the nosecone. apparently in addition to the electronic anti-collision system on each train, the side windows allowed the pilot to visually check each station to ensure clearance upon approach. It seems when Scot Drake of WDI was asked by a CM why there are no side windows for the pilot, he simply said that the windows didn't look good with his design, essentially giving safety a lower priority. Anytime you give a train operator less visibility, you are decreasing safety. If WDI had consulted operations and facilities, many of the problems the monorails are having today would not be happening. Should Scot Drake and WDI be responsible for modifying each monorail to have nosecone side windows?
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Monorail Safety and WDI
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