Sydney’s monorail, which was decommissioned in 2013, was nothing short of an icon. Many Sydneysiders have fond memories it whizzing overhead, mostly carrying tourists to visit the sites like the Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour and the Powerhouse museum. Unfortunately, after over twenty years of service, Sydney sadly said goodbye to its iconic monorail.
Here at Gumtree, we love nothing more than recycling goods; repurposing them and making them new again. That’s why we were so excited to learn that 22 carriages of Sydney’s famous monorail were being sold on Gumtree with the hopes of saving them from the scrapyard. And thankfully, all 22 carriages were snapped up in no time! So, where did those carriages go and how have they been repurposed?
The always innovative Google purchased two of the monorail’s carriages in 2013 to be used as meeting rooms in its Sydney office. What a creative idea and such a fantastic way to honour Sydney’s cherished icon.
Ten of the monorail’s carriages are being shipped to Taiwan by Aussie expat Hung-Tien. He’s not quite sure yet where they are going to go, but using them in an amusement park is one of the options he’s considering.
2Day FM breakfast radio hosts Dan and Maz bought one of the carriages, using their haggling skills to get one for half price! What to do with the carriage is now the question – they have been asking listeners if they can store it at someone’s home, with one listener offering to turn it into a B&B! Suggestions of what to do with their monorail carriage can be sent to 2Day FM via twitter using the hashtag #BoughtAMonorail
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Other lucky punters who’ve picked up a carriage have decided to turn it into a garden feature. What an amazing way renovate your garden or outdoor area! You could create a futuristic looking gazebo, set up an outdoor dining area or even design an incredibly unique water feature.
Other buyers have said they’ll be using their carriages as portable espresso vans. Now, that’s a cool idea – maybe they should have turned the entire monorail into a café before they took it down!
Sydney’s infamous monorail enthusiast, Helen O’Boyle, who had previously hoped to purchase the old Paddy’s Market monorail station and convert it into a house, has bought four of the monorail’s carriages. We can’t wait to find out what she will do with them!
What would you have done with a monorail carriage if you’d had the chance?