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Lartigue Monorailway

The original Ballybunion station The new Listowel station


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Listowel, Co. Kerry

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In the southwest of Ireland, Listowel's Lartigue Monorail and Museum offers visitors the opportunity to experience a unique form of rail travel. The original nine-mile Lartigue Monorail was the brain-child of French engineer Charles Lartigue. It was the world's first passenger monorail (apart from exhibition lines). An object of world-wide interest (and some amusement) during its lifetime, it transported passengers, livestock and freight between Listowel and Ballybunion from 1886 to 1924.

Nowadays, visitors can take a short demonstration journey on a full-scale replica of the original monorail and view the unique switches etc. in operation. The station Museum displays models and memorabilia of the Lartigue and main-line railways. Here visitors can also view film footage of the original Lartigue.