Walt Disney World is to add a new train to its monorail system, bringing the total number of trains back up to 12 and adding much-needed capacity.
The monorail has been running with 11 trains since a collision in 2009 which resulted in the death of a driver. After the crash, Disney merged the two trains involved, resulting in the loss of one train from the system. The Orlando Sentinel reports that a replacement will finally be introduced this fall, with testing due to begin during the next few weeks.
The monorail's current Mark VI trains were introduced in 1989, and rumors have surfaced in recent months that the entire fleet could be replaced. The latest addition has been constructed using a mixture of new parts and parts from the two trains that collided two years ago.
Walt Disney World recently announced a reduction in operating hours for the monorail, claiming that this will enable maintenance crews to spend longer servicing the trains. The system now closes one hour after scheduled park closing times at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
The monorail system opened alongside the rest of Walt Disney World in 1971. It serves some of the resort's most expensive hotels, including Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Polynesian Resort and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.