Sydney Monorail - a Photo Essay
photos and commentary by Kim Pedersen
After crusing down the canyons of the downtown skyscrapers, riders are then treated to open vistas from the bridge. We're right over the swing bridge at this point.
The Pyrmont Bridge swings open for a ship that's a little too big to fit under. Surprisingly, if a real tall ship needs to get through, the monorail track also is capable of swinging open with the bridge. The process doesn't delay the operation of the monorail by much time. This feature does make the Sydney Monorail the only one in the world that occasionally has to stop for cross traffic!
Harbourside Station is located in a busy tourist area, featuring hotels, the Australian National Maritime Museum, Star City Casino, shops and restaurants.
Several of the monorail stations feature unique 'tubes' surrounding the trains. They include curved glass so that passengers awaiting a ride have a nice view of the surrounding area.
The monorail makes a graceful s-curve as it leaves Harbourside and heads southwest along the backside of Darling Harbour attractions.
At this point the monorail parallels the Metro Light Rail, which opened in 1997. Metro Monorail and Metro Light Rail are both operated by Metro Transport Sydney by Veolia. Originally the monorail was named Darling Harbour Monorail and operated by TNT.
Leaving Convention Station, the monorail cruises below a major expressway as it follows Darling Drive. Note how little space the monorail alignment structure takes up compared to the road and conventional rail tracks.
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