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Old May 13th, 2013, 01:45 PM   #341
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How are the sections joined? Welds, or?
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Nine News (13/5/2013): No buyer for the monorail but drivers will face months of disruptions as the monorail is pulled down.
That is expected from the start.
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Old May 14th, 2013, 01:36 AM   #343
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That is expected from the start.
The sooner it's started, the sooner the whole ugly mess is gone. And as for the disruption it's relatively minimal - cut, lift, secure, drive the truck away.....
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Old May 14th, 2013, 06:10 AM   #344
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Cut the supports while the structure is tied to a fleet of helicopters which are providing upward tension, dump it in the ocean.
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Old May 14th, 2013, 08:22 AM   #345
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I took my last ride on the monorail several weeks ago and to be honest it would cost a huge lot of money to upgrade the whole thing. It was fairly rundown and was certainly showing its age.

It would simply be a waste of money that could be better used elsewhere.

For my ride I hopped into the last car. While it was clean I noticed extensive structural rust around the rear windows inside the vehicle. There was water dripping in and numerous bad attempts to bog up the holes. The cabin also had a musty stink to it.

The other thing I noticed that the ride was no longer smooth. It was fairly rough with considerable bounce and wobble along the whole circuit.

To me it seemed that the whole fleet would have to be pulled out for a major overhaul and im certain many of the parts would no longer be available therefore requiring expensive custom made components.

Riding the loop twice only reinforced that the whole thing was never a serious component to Sydney's public transport needs. It was nothing more than a rundown and tired "mickey mouse" theme park ride that was long past its used-by date.

They made the right call and the best option is to pull it down and not waste a cent further on. Good riddance I say. Look forward to watching the demolition.

I cant believe they charged $5 for the trip. What a rip off.
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Old May 14th, 2013, 01:54 PM   #346
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How are the sections joined? Welds, or?
cursorily they appear to be bolted. I assume there's an expansion membrane between sections too to allow for movement in the heat (the thing is only tied to infrequent supports so it's going to expand a lot in the heat)
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Old May 16th, 2013, 09:57 AM   #347
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I took my last ride on the monorail several weeks ago and to be honest it would cost a huge lot of money to upgrade the whole thing. It was fairly rundown and was certainly showing its age.

It would simply be a waste of money that could be better used elsewhere.

For my ride I hopped into the last car. While it was clean I noticed extensive structural rust around the rear windows inside the vehicle. There was water dripping in and numerous bad attempts to bog up the holes. The cabin also had a musty stink to it.

The other thing I noticed that the ride was no longer smooth. It was fairly rough with considerable bounce and wobble along the whole circuit.

To me it seemed that the whole fleet would have to be pulled out for a major overhaul and im certain many of the parts would no longer be available therefore requiring expensive custom made components.

Riding the loop twice only reinforced that the whole thing was never a serious component to Sydney's public transport needs. It was nothing more than a rundown and tired "mickey mouse" theme park ride that was long past its used-by date.

They made the right call and the best option is to pull it down and not waste a cent further on. Good riddance I say. Look forward to watching the demolition.

I cant believe they charged $5 for the trip. What a rip off.
The thing I noticed most was the slowness of the monorail and even at street level you can see it.

The scratched windows do annoy me because they wreck the views.

I have to admit it has become quite neglected over the past few years. You see the 1988 footage at the start of the thread and you see how squeaky clean it looked. Even the employees were dressed up quite professionally.
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Old May 17th, 2013, 08:44 AM   #348
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To be honest you dont really see anything from the monorail as it does its circuit even if it had clean windows. The only thing you sort of get to appreciate is the short view you get crossing Darling Harbour on top of the Pyrmont Bridge. Otherwise the rest of it passes over back streets of Ultimo, Haymarket, glimpses above narrow Pitt Street, etc. It offers nothing that a tourist to Sydney could possibly appreciate. The whole concept of the futuristic monorail was nothing more than a gimmick back in the day and most Sydneysiders dont care for it. Id say most would like to see it pulled down and no longer a visual blight along a good part of Pitt Street. There's nothing more that can be done for it other than plonk one car into the Powerhouse museum so its preserved as a historical piece for future generations to appreciate.
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Old June 2nd, 2013, 11:30 PM   #349
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Nine News (13/5/2013): No buyer for the monorail but drivers will face months of disruptions as the monorail is pulled down.
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Old June 8th, 2013, 08:50 AM   #350
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Central Magazine (5/6/2013): Some Pyrmont locals have expressed their dismay that the monorail is coming down because it gives easy access to parts of the city.
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But thats the problem - is the convenience of a few dozen daily users in Pyrmont actually worth the money? Nope.

Good riddance, although I plan to take my final ride before the end of June.

SinCity is right, it offers nothing new, or vital to Sydney for tourists or locals alike. I'd even go as far to say its never been relevant. It's just there. And it costs money and its ugly.

I agree too that a single monorail train, sitting on a stretch of track, might be appropriate for the Powerhouse Museum - maybe they could even just keep a stretch of 100m of track near the Museum with one train sitting on it, stationary for eternity. PH would be appropriate too, as for many, visits to the PowerHouse Museum are often synonymous with taking the Monorail there.
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Old June 12th, 2013, 02:55 AM   #352
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I got a reply with regards to the question of preservation of the Monorail -

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Thank you for your email regarding the possible preservation of some of the Monorail infrastructure. Transport for NSW is currently investigating options, although at this stage, none of the rail museums have expressed any interest.
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Old June 12th, 2013, 06:42 AM   #353
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Central Magazine (5/6/2013): Some Pyrmont locals have expressed their dismay that the monorail is coming down because it gives easy access to parts of the city.
There are other types of transport that can provide this.
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Old June 12th, 2013, 01:42 PM   #354
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I got a reply with regards to the question of preservation of the Monorail -
Watch this happen: they give a complete train to the Powerhouse Museum. It sits in storage at Castle Hill for the next 50 years.


Edit: also of course the "rail museums" don't want it. No more than they want a bus or the Mona Lisa...
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How long did Sydney have the Monorail...When I first saw it I thought they got it from the Brisbane Expo 88 ?
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How long did Sydney have the Monorail...When I first saw it I thought they got it from the Brisbane Expo 88 ?
The Sydney one opened in mid-88, so it and Expo were contemporaries. At least they had the good sense to get rid of the Brisbane one.....
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Central Magazine (5/6/2013): Some Pyrmont locals have expressed their dismay that the monorail is coming down because it gives easy access to parts of the city.
All of the useful monorail destinations, are already duplicated by the existing Light Rail.
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How long did Sydney have the Monorail...When I first saw it I thought they got it from the Brisbane Expo 88 ?
I thought the Brisbane Expo 88 ones ended up at Broadbeach and/or Seaworld ?????
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Seaworld ended up with it and yes it still operates.
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Seaworld ended up with it and yes it still operates.
Without air conditioning. So even our theme park ride cannot be used to go round in circles.
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