Sydney Monorail - a Photo Essay
photos and commentary by Kim Pedersen
Another fine view of the Market/Clarence Street crossover, this time as seen from the rear car of a seven-car, automated Von Roll MkIII train.
The first station we stop at is Darling Park, a one-of-a-kind station built parallel to a pedestrian bridge.
Darling Park Station once again proves that monorail stations can be placed above just about anything, including expressways.
In case you haven't noticed, the folks that run Sydney Monorail (now referred to as Metro Monorail), add to their income with sales of advertising space on the sides of trains. Some are more attractive than others! The advertising has been controversial. Monorail is again held to a higher standard, as thousands of buses throughout Sydney have advertising as well...with nary a peep of complaints. As we leave Darling Park Station, the monorail begins a straight run over the historic 1902 Pyrmont Bridge.
Pyrmont Bridge is used strictly for pedestrians and monorails. Note the little tower on the bridge? That is where the swing bridge section is operated.
A Von Roll train heads towards Harbourside Station. The swing bridge section is visible at the right side of the photo.
Another nice photo spot! Sydney Monorail was the first in the world to use Mk III trains. The last was Newark International Airport, before the company was acquired, first by AEG, then Bombardier. Since Bombardier already had its own peoplemover scale monorail technology on hand, the purchased Von Roll monorail technology ended up on a shelf.
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