The Sydney Monorail has been abandoned for years – here’s what it looks like inside
Inside Sydney’s abandoned monorail station after the popular attraction was permanently closed in 2013: ‘It’s frozen in time’
- Images of Sydney’s abandoned monorail stations have been shared online
- The iconic single-loop monorail was built in 1988 and retired in 2013
- Today, the old stations remain intact and trapped in time for nearly a decade
- Images posted online remind Australians of the old travel system
Eerie photos of Sydney’s abandoned monorail stations have surfaced on social media, inspiring nostalgic Australians to reminisce about the popular old travel system.
The single-loop monorail opened in 1988 linking central business districts including Darling Harbour, Pyrmont and Chinatown, but was removed in 2013.
The stations were once bustling with locals and travellers, but now stand intact and have been frozen in time for nearly a decade.
Stations can be seen from the ground and look like strange extensions of buildings.
Images shared online show abandoned monorail stations across Sydney (pictured)
The stations were once bustling with locals and travellers, but they remain intact and trapped in time since 2013 when the monorail closed
The single-loop monorail opened in 1988 and connects central business districts including Darling Harbour, Pyrmont and Chinatown.
Advertisements promoting city tours and a very early version of an Opal-style map can be seen on the walls
Sydney resident Simon posted images to the ‘Old Shops Australia’ Facebook group alongside the caption: “The station is closed but there are a few holes for some photos from the past (turning styles and wall advertising ).”
‘The next station along the pedestrian bridge is still there. Also embedded. Entrance blocking signs are often used for very nice hand-drawn advertisements for movie releases.
In the comments, many wished the government would keep the mode of transport convenient and suggested turning abandoned train stations into accessible cafes.
“I wish they had kept track. They could have put a platform on the existing track and used it as a walking circuit, used these stations as cafes, that could have been awesome,” one person wrote .
“The monorail was removed but could have been improved and maintained to be such a good travel system for the city,” another added.
The monorail was popular with locals and visitors alike as it was a convenient way to get around the city before it was phased out.
There were eight stations on the 3.6 kilometer loop, with up to six trains running simultaneously (pictured: Sydney Monorail map)
Others said they loved seeing “historic” monorail stations from afar because it reminded them of a certain time.
“Love these old monorail stations that still exist…they will eventually be torn down, but love to see them as an anachronism as we live our day in 2022,” one person wrote.
Another added: “I was there for the controversy of it being set up and even used it on occasion – good for out of town tourists with young kids like me later on and that’s it. is pretty much everything.”
“I really liked the monorail, I should have extended it to [Circular] Quay didn’t take it off!’
Sydney continues to have other means of public transport including trains, buses, light rail and ferries.
When did the Sydney Monorail close?
The Sydney Monorail was a single-loop monorail that linked Darling Harbour, Chinatown and Sydney’s central business and shopping districts.
It opened in July 1988 and closed in 2013
There were eight stations on the 3.6 kilometer loop, with up to six trains running simultaneously
Source: Sydney Metro