England. Severn-Lamb will soon join the "big kids" of
monorail manufacturing with a deal to build a $451 million
monorail for Almaty, the capital city of Kazakhstan. If the
deal goes through, Severn-Lamb will spend the next five
years building 46 trains, each with six cars. The Almaty
Monorail will have 50 miles of track. Heinz Roosen,
managing director of Severn-Lamb, said "This is a massive
project and we will definitely be needing some help with it."
The system is being financed by a group of American
financiers, who will operate it for the first ten years.
Severn-Lamb has supplied peoplemover-scale monorails in
Italy and Malaysia, but the Almaty system will include new,
larger trains that feature walk-through capability. Roosen
said "It's like having a BMW Series 3 and now we've gone
straight to the Series 7." Almaty started building a subway
system ten years ago but abandoned the project because it
became too expensive.