The idea of incorporating a monorail into the National Motor Museum complex came to Lord Montagu during his visit to Expo’67 in Montreal where a minirail passed through the United States pavilion. The Beaulieu monorail system, which opened in July 1974, passes through the Museum at high level, giving visitors a fine aerial view of the historic vehicle collection.
The two electrically powered trains run on 110v DC and can carry up to 50 passengers each. They run on a circuit between a station near the Motor Museum to a station in the gardens of Palace House, close to the ruins of Beaulieu Abbey. The return route passes through the trees between the Museum and the Beaulieu River, giving high-level views of the grounds and gardens. Notable passengers have included HRH Prince of Wales, Terry Wogan, the Wombles who opened the monorail en masse!
The Beaulieu monorail shortly before entering the roof of the Motor Museum.