Mud Island Monorail, Memphis
Saturday July 6th, Noelle Lori-Elizabeth Teel, Tony and I visited Mud Island River Park in Memphis Tn. For only $10 each, you take the tram across the Mississippi River to the middle of the river to the Park and tour the Museum and enjoy the outside park areas including Picnic areas and concert areas..a must see!!! — at Mud Island River Park.
One of the first things we saw when we came across the bridge to Memphis, was the monorail station near the visitor's center. Each time we went by, we tried to figure out how it would work. It did look like we could walk across above the monorail.
According to my tourist guide, the monorail would start running in March, so while we were driving in, I called the Mud Island people, and they didn't answer the phone, so I called the visitor's center. They said that the train was not running, and no one was sure whether it would open even in April.
So we never got to see how it would work, and we never were able to visit Mud Island either.
The website says: Don’t miss the opportunity to experience great views of downtown Memphis, the Mississippi River and Mud Island River Park. Step aboard a cabin and let our Swiss-made monorail whisk you across the harbor to Mud Island River Park. Traveling at an average speed of 7 miles per hour, each cabin can carry up to 180 passengers for the exciting 1/3 mile trip.
There are two ways to get to Mud Island. One is to take the monorail, or two, it is to take walkway. The first costs two dollars, the second is free. I wasn't too impressed with the monorail. there was no air conditioning, one set of doors didn't work, and the thing looked in general like it hadn't bee properly cared for since it was installed. It also shuddered to a lurching stop when the ride was over. Whatever you say about the vehicle itself, you really can't bea the views of the river. You get a really spectacular look at both the natural beauty and the city skyline. If you choose the walkway, you're looking at about a five minute walk at a leisurely pace and an elevator or escalator take you up there.
For the whopping sum of one dollar you can save yourself the ten block walk from the foot of Mud island to Beale or vice versa. The trolley runs down the main street and stops at almost every block, leaving you to walk just two blocks west to the Mud Island stop or one block east to the nightlife on Beale. The car we rode in was a true antique, as you can see in the photo, with a design probably around 1900. I don't know if they are preserving them or simply haven't bought new ones, but you can see the controls in the picture behind Miyuki and Nina.