Located in Listowel, County Kerry, the Lartigue Monorail offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience a unique form of rail travel. The original steam-powered monorail (designed by Frenchman Charles Lartigue) ran for nine miles between Listowel and the seaside resort of Ballybunion. Operating from 1888 to 1924, it carried passengers, livestock and freight along a rail supported on A-shaped trestles. It occupies a special place in railway history as the only monorail of its type to operate successfully on a commercial basis. During its lifetime, the original Lartigue Monorail was an object of much interest, curiosity and amusement.
Lartigue Monorail's operating schedule for 2014 is from May 3rd to September 13th daily.
Nowadays, it's possible to take a short demonstration journey on a full-scale diesel-powered replica of the original monorail. You can experience the unique features of the monorail, and observe its ingenious switching system. The Lartigue Museum is also well worth a visit. here, you can watch a film of the original Lartigue and see models, displays and memorabilia of the Lartigue and main-line railways. The museum is run by a crew of friendly and knowledgeable staff, consisting mainly of volunteers, who can provide answers to any questions you may have.