The towering monorail elevator was built before the Great War as part of the Appalachian monorail system, connecting RobCo Research Center, Watoga, Spruce Knob, and Bramwell. As the Allegheny Mountains present a sheer cliff separating the latter two locations from the former two, the elevator was constructed to circumvent the natural landscape. The structure works by taking on two monorail trains, one at the top which connects to the western half of the line and one at the bottom which connects to the eastern half, and then rotating horizontally on its central axle by 180 degrees until the two trains have exchanged places and can proceed.
When the Great War occurred, the elevator ceased to function, and the passengers of the two monorail trains aboard the elevator at the time became trapped and perished. Later, an unknown party adapted the monorail elevator into a base, making plank bridges to the train on the upper level and setting up camps overlooking Cranberry Bog at the top and bottom of the eastern tower.
The monorail consists of two main towers holding the elevator mechanism between them, and a third, smaller tower to the west which holds the mechanism that makes the elevator function. The western tower, nearest the cliffs, has an elevator that can be used to access ground level, the middle level, and the top level. There is a logo of AMT on the upper reaches of the structure. The eastern tower, towards Fort Defiance, has an elevator that accesses only ground level and the top level. At the ground level are the massive foundations, with the surrounding support buildings.
The base of the eastern tower has a fusion generator with a Fusion Core. The middle level, accessible through the western elevator, leads to a catwalk which leads to the smaller tower to the west, which has the control and maintenance area for the elevator's mechanisms. It contains mostly crafting materials to scavenge. There is a large crater to the north, just off the road, where feral ghouls and the Scorched can be found.
Two monorail trains are partially aboard both the top and the bottom of the elevator, indicating that the onset of the Great War caused the elevator to cease functioning. The monorail cars are full of the skeletons of trapped passengers and randomized loot. The lower train can be accessed from the ground level of the western tower by climbing in through the broken window of the lead car. The upper train can be accessed by taking either elevator to the highest level and following the catwalks to a narrow plank bridge. The entirety of the upper train can be crossed to reach the opposite tower.
- Postcard to parents - Note, inside the lower monorail train, the one that has crashed near the western elevator.
- Research note - Note, to the north, on a cliffside rock at an unmarked crater.
- Fusion Core - In a generator near the eastern elevator.
- Gym weights and Bags of Cement - Holding the walkway in place for the upper train on the eastern end. Yields roughly 80 lead scrap and 70 concrete scrap.
The monorail elevator appears only in Fallout 76.
Behind the scenes
- Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p.445: "83. MONORAIL ELEVATOR
This gigantic vertical structure is arguably the tallest building in all of Appalachia. It used to serve as a monorail access point and maintenance dock. Now it’s a precarious vista where the foolhardy can seek spectacular views and vertigo-inducing maneuvers. The lower (east) tower contains an elevator, while the upper (west) superstructure has a maintenance hut, a fallen monorail, and another elevator. Take the upper elevator to a mid-level gantry and maintenance hut, and take the sky-level stepped gantry up to a stranded monorail with some very precarious planks to traverse! This links to a second gantry and the sky level of the lower elevator, which you can take back down to earth."
(Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide/Atlas of Appalachia)
- Nate Purkeypile on Twitter: "If you have seen the Monorail Elevator near Watoga in 76, now you know that's not quite as crazy as it might look. :)"