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Operator Meier & Frank
System Type Monorail
Year Opened ?
# of Lines 1
# of Cars 1 train
Mileage
Gauge monorail
Stations 1
Power
Fare Media None
Website
Data Date 2004
1st Visit 2002
Last Visit 12/04
% Rode 0%

US Transit > PNW > Portland
Meier & Frank Monorail

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Santaland

The Santaland Monorail is an old Portland Christmas Tradition. Meier & Frank runs the sole remaining old time downtown department Store. Santaland is a crowd pleaser as is the monorail. The Monorail loops around Santaland. Only children may ride the train for height (and probably weight reasons. The Christmas of 2005 is scheduled to be the last Christmas for Santaland. Meier & Frank was owned by the May company, which was bought by Federated. The store is scheduled to be remodeled and be renamed as Macys, ending the M&F Portland tradition. The 10th floor will become part of a new hotel. No word on where (or if) Santaland will be moved to.

I obtained the following information about the Monorail from a Portland Tribune Article from December 24, 2002: Enterprising Santaland travelers under 51 inches tall can ride the Louden Supertrack monorail for a ceiling’s eye view of the festivities. It’s been whisking children above Santaland for 50 years and is thought to be the only survivor of 26 such conveyances built in Fairfield, Iowa.

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pdx-mr-santaland-122204-03.jpg (39595 bytes)Train coming out of the "tunnel" (12/22/04) pdx-mr-santaland-122204-04.jpg (55784 bytes)Train seen flying over Santaland, with kids screaming Hi Santa!! (12/22/04)
pdx-mr-santaland-122204-06.jpg (72681 bytes)Another view over Santaland. (!2/22/04) pdx-mr-santaland-122204-02.jpg (50847 bytes)Monorail pulling into the "station" (12/22/04)
 

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