City Centre Station
City Centre is located near Town Hall. It's surprising to see how dilapidated it's become inside. I only saw one or two shops open, and they didn't look like they had much business!
|Abandoned City Centre Monorail Station exit hole|
|A small hole in the hoardings lets us see the turnstiles|
|What Sydney City Centre looks like now|
|Abandoned City Centre Monorail Station entry hole|
Chinatown Monorail Station is located in Number One Dixon
shopping centre. There's not a lot going on in this shopping centre anymore. I saw a small space up for rent right next to the abandoned station at about $250 per week.
|Abandoned Chinatown Monorail Station (Number One Dixon Shopping Centre)|
|Inside the abandoned Chinatown Monorail Station|
|Looking through the auto-doors at the abandoned Chinatown Station|
|Cabling and pipes at the abandoned Chinatown Monorail Station|
|Inside Number One Dixon, outside the monorail station entrance|
|I put my head through that small gap to the left and I could still smell the monorail! :D|
Harbourside Station is attached to Darling Harbour's Harbourside Shopping Centre
. I think Harbourside is still awesome and it's managed to keep its charm. There are plans for its renovation
, though I am anticipating a bright future for the centre (or at least I'm hoping for it!). Of course, they'll be taking the monorail station down with the centre when it's demolished, so I tried my best to get as many shots as I could of the station while it still stands. Fortunately, there are plenty of good vantage points for this station.
|Abandoned Harborside Monorail Station - eastward view|
|A close-up of the exit hole of the abandoned Harbourside Monorail Station|
|Extreme close-up of whatever this is; lol. Also, is that a neon tube?|
|Through the window of the abandoned Harbourside Monorail Station|
|Greeted with a couple of decently sized peep holes!|
|Abandoned Sydney Monorail turnstiles at Harbourside Station|
|Abandoned Harbourside Monorail Station interior|
|Out-of-order monorail turnstile at Harbourside Monorail Station|
|The ticket office?|
|Pretty cool how this is still an entry to the shopping centre from the bridge on the west side|
|See, there's the footbridge. Down the stairs (to the right) is that small food court you probably remember!|
|This food court! (doubles as the north entrance to the centre)|
|Westward view of the abandoned Harbourside Monorail Station|
|Entry hole of the abandoned Harbourside Monorail Station|
Darling Park Station
Darling Park station is located at the east end of Pyrmont Bridge. Unfortunately, this station was securely boarded up (I'm talking a fence, hoardings, closed shutters and another wall of hoardings!). Also, it smelled like someone had gone potty in there...
|Abandoned Darling Park Monorail Station|
|Eastward view of the abandoned Darling Park Monorail Station|
|You can almost see a turnstile and what looks like a ticket booth (maybe?)|
Monorail Memorial Plaque on Pyrmont Bridge
I thought it was cute to see this kind 'nod-of-the-head' to the brief life of the Sydney Monorail at the articulating section of the Pyrmont Bridge. I haven't seen anything else around that acknowledges that the monorail ever existed (bar the abandoned stations). Let me know if you know of any other examples of this type of thing around the CBD.
The plaque reads that the monorail infrastructure was removed and that the bridge was restored to its former state due to its heritage listing... Why couldn't the monorail be heritage listed!!?? :'(
I hear that the Powerhouse Museum purchased a monorail cabin and a section of track, but they don't have it on display - it's in storage.
|Sydney Monorail stone plate / plaque on Pyrmont Bridge|
Thank you for taking these photos! I've always been super fascinated in the paradox of the monorail being considered so irrelevant that the powers that be haven't even bothered removing the whole thing. . . while at the same time meaning that stations continue to hang off buildings and signage remains even though the monorail has been long decommissioned.ReplyDelete
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