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The Man Who Bought an Out of Service Monorail Train

It only cost him $1,000 to buy the whole train.
June 28, 2019, 2pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The Minnesota Zoo's monorail in action.
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"In 2015, Gabe Emerson called up the Minnesota Zoo and asked to buy their monorail. It had been decommissioned two years prior and the zoo, apparently, didn’t know what to do with it," write Aaron Gordon.

"Emerson, a 36-year-old Alaska native who is COO of a small property management company, moved to the Twin Cities for graduate school and wanted the monorail because he was tired of pitching a tent every time he visited his friend’s rural property. He wanted something sturdier and permanent, yet more unique than an RV or camper. At first, he wanted to buy a plane fuselage, but could only find them in airplane junkyards in the southwest desert."

The story that follows goes into a lot of detail about the process of acquiring, moving, and readying the habitation, with an interlude from the raccoons, and more than enough references to The Simpsons.

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Published on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 in Jalopnik
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