50 years around Sydney

Discussion in 'Locomotives' started by Wolseley, Jan 29, 2019.

  1. Wolseley

    Wolseley Full Member

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    Here is Sydney's monorail, thankfully no longer with us. I can't remember when I took this one, but it was probably around 2010. The two sets of cars on the traverser covered in tarpaulins had, if I recall correctly, been involved in an accident a few weeks earlier - one monorail train rear ended another......

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    And this, I think, is the only other photo I took of Sydney's greatest public transport white elephant. A train entering Harbourside monorail station:

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    It was also a very ugly white elephant!

    Cheers

    and happy modelling
    (but never the monorail)

    Richard
     
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    And, if it had been raining, not something you would want to stand underneath while waiting to cross the road.

    I could be wrong, but I'm pretty certain that a model of it was on the market around the time it opened in 1988.
     
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    Your correct but like the prototype, it was a bit of white elephant. Think it was aimed at the tourist market.
     
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    Here's the steam tram in Parramatta Park, some time in the mid 1970s, before the disastrous fire that put an end to its residence there:

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  6. SMR CHRIS

    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    Great photos
    I wonder what would have become to this railway in the park, if the fire hadn’t occurred.
    A lot of history lost at the time.
    I saw a photo on FB today as well of 1022 in the dirt having split the track whilst running through the park.
    Unfortunately it in a closed group so I can’t share it.
     
  7. Gary

    Gary Wants more time for modelling.... Staff Member Administrator

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    The Monorail was great for tourists, but that was about it. They really should have built it as a connection between the city and the airport !

    The photo of the traverser reminds me of the day my girlfriend (at the time) and I went into town and decided to take a ride on it. Well, we got to the traverser and it simply stopped. The authorities could not get it moving again. Each and everyone of the passengers had to disembark via the front window, walk along the rail to the traverser end and then down to waiting cabs, to be taken to any destination we required. We decided to take the cab back home to Kingsgove and not pay a single cent for it ! ;)

    Here is a reasonably current pic of steam tram 103.


    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Didn't at one time the NSW Fire and Rescue have to use cherry pickers to rescue passengers after an electrical failure.

    Cheers
    Geoof
     
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    A bit of cab detail from a Standard Goods 2-8-0 that had reached the end of the road:

    Inside the cab of a Standard Goods awaiting scrapping at Enfield mid 1970s.JPG

    And an overhead view of engines awaiting scrapping (the roundhouse on the left was the home of the NSW Rail Transport Museum before its move to Thirlmere):

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  10. Gary

    Gary Wants more time for modelling.... Staff Member Administrator

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    Nice photos. :thumbs:

    Isn't it funny that the State Government want to build a Transport Heritage Hub not far from the photo of the round house... :whatever:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    A few photos taken at the old NSWRTM at Enfield:

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