Sydney Monorail Came to an End after 25 Years of Service

Jul 1, 2013 15:50 IST

Sydney on 30 June 2013 bid adieu to the futuristic monorail, also known as white elephant. Monorail has remained the heart of Sydney for almost 25 years. It is important to note that the State Government of New South Wales in March 2013 had announced that it would bring down the rail link.

Monorail in Sydney connected the Darling Harbor to the central business district.

The government of Sydney, in turn encouraged the people to have a final ride on the monorail over the last weekend of June 2013. The proceeds of the ticket sales were meant to be given to charity.

The monorail would now have cost too heavily for the government if it would have been upgraded. Now, it would be replaced by the light rail service.

About the Sydney Monorail

• The Sydney Monorail was originally called TNT Harbourlink. It was later renamed Metro Monorail.
• It was a single-loop monorail of Sydney which connected Darling Harbour, Chinatown and the Sydney central business and shopping districts.
• It was initiated in July 1988 and was finally closed down on 30 June 2013.
• The 3.6 km loop had seen stations in all. Four trains operated simultaneously.
• It catered to the people on major attractions as well as facilities such as Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Aquarium.
• The Sydney Monorail was operated by Veolia.

Closure of the Sydney Monorail

• The Sydney Monorail as well as light rail service was bought by the Government of New South Wales from Metro Transport Sydney on 23 March 2012 so that it could extend the light rail service without negotiating with private owners as well as removing the monorail from Haymarket-nearby area which was required for expanded Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.
• Finally, the operations of monorail were ceased on 30 June 2013 and eventually, it would be dismantled.
• The parts of monorail rolling stock as well as the track would be displayed at the Powerhouse museum Pymont.

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