Walt Disney World will add a new monorail train this fall, restoring its fleet to the full complement of 12 trains for the first time since a two-train collision killed a monorail driver more than two years ago.
Disney said the new train will begin testing during the next few weeks, though it will initially lack the colored stripe that is used to identify each of the resort's trains. It will eventually be painted with a peach-colored stripe.
Disney hasn't had 12 monorail trains in service since July 5, 2009, when two of its trains collided in a 2 a.m. crash that killed 21-year-old Austin Wuennenberg, a monorail driver and part-time Disney employee from Kissimmee.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration Disney said the new train is made with a combination of new parts and components recycled from the two trains that collided.
The fallout from the 2009 tragedy still hasn't completely settled. The National Transportation Safety Board, one of two federal agencies to investigate the accident, has yet to issue its findings. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration already fined Disney $35,200 for safety lapses. Wuennenberg's family also sued, and Disney settled earlier this year.
Disney's monorail system could use the added help. This summer, Disney announced it would cut its monorail operating hours, no longer running the trains during extended hours at night when hotel guests are allowed to stay extra late in its theme parks. Disney said the reduced schedule was needed to allow maintenance crews more time to work on the trains and the rail system, though some outside the company think operational cost savings were a factor.