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The icon of Butlins - Monorail Train

Take a moment to look at the photo of this beautiful ride known as the Monorail Train. When you look at this wonderful train, you are witnessing a moment in history that helped Butlins and its customers create new memories. Personally, I remember them well at Butlin's Somerwest World as they continued to share their amazing stories of joy, happiness, and a story of a legacy.

Sir William Butlin created another historic moment in May of 1965 when the Skegness camp was the very first location to have a monorail train in the United Kingdom. The track was a mile long and would loop around the Skegness Camp to show its beauty. With two stations, you could get on or off at the indoor pool and at the chairlift station (north side). Starting with the idea of being an attraction and alternative ride for the campers, it would later change into a form of transport for staff and customers to get around the camp.

In May of 1967, Sir William Butlin would announce that a second Monorail train system was coming to Butlin's. The second camp to receive this wonderful ride was Minehead with a track in the shape of figure eight. Unlike the one in Skegness, the Monorail train in Minehead would have a moment where the train would be either above or under each other in the middle, where the outside swimming pool was (today, it's the pavilion stage and seating area).

The trains would travel at a maximum speed of 15mph and be designed to look similar to a rocket. However, in the '90s, the Monorail train in Skegness was replaced with another new design, as shown in the postcard photos below. Sadly, the Monorail train in Minehead was completely removed in 1998 for the planned updates to introduce the Skyline Pavilion. Skegness continued to offer the Monorail train until the year 2002.

It was a sad day in 2003 when the iconic ride was no longer in Butlin's and it became a memory at this moment.

Click on a photo below to see more about these important historic areas
Rundle Restoring the Monorail Train
Personal Photos of the Monorail train
Photos of the Monorail using postcards
Butlin's Monorail Train Videos
The Butlin's Monorail Train with Paul Hibbert

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Mark Banks owns and created this website to show his collection of Butlin's memorabilia items. It was created during my spare time at work and is a hobby of mine and has since grown into a site that offers a chance for others to smile. This website is NOT the official website for Butlin's and is NOT the official archive of Butlin's at any stage. The website has expanded to show stories, with permission from that person, of a moment in Butlin's from people who are either a customer or former staff. This website is in loving memory of all that had come to this amazing company and to Sir William Butlin, the founder.  This website also has information about research regarding Butlin's history with information obtained from the research I made, which is not official. 

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