It is early days yet, but the Darling Harbour Monorail is simply too significant in the history of Sydney's transport to allow it to just disappear. Currently 11 carriages, from three of the six monorail trains, are being retained as permanent reminders of this Sydney Icon. Two others have been converted to other uses. These are:-
Two cars (1 & 3) from set 2 (second car still to be confirmed), the train that finished service in the Nova livery, are being retained by Inverell's volunteer National Transport Museum for an outdoor static (non-operational) display. The cars are currently in the process of being delivered to the museum. Set 2 was the last open public train operated around the loop and the second last passenger train to leave the Monorail Maintenance Facility.
Two cars (1 & 2) from set 3, the train that finished service in the SeaLife livery, are being retained by the Government's Powerhouse Museum for future static (non-operational) display. The cars wre transferred from the Monorail Maintenance Facility at Ultimo to the Museum's Castle Hill store on 22nd July 2013.
A further two cars (6 & 7) from set 3, have been installed in Google Australia Pty Ltd's offices at 1 Darling Island Road, Pyrmont, on the 9th October 2013. These cars had been previously removed from the Monorail Maintenance Facility on the 24th July. The cars were extensively prepared for their installation as office meeting rooms, by having their bogies removed and their lower body frames and skirts removed below the underside of the car floors, to reduce their height and weight.
The complete 7-car set 4, the train that finished service in the Farewell Sydney livery, is being retained by the volunteer rail-preservation group the Sydney Electric Train Society Incorporated (SETS), for at least a fully powered museum display, hopefully somewhere in greater Sydney.
Set 4 was the last Monorail train to pass over the opened Pyrmont Bridge and was the final Monorail passenger train to be operated around the system loop. "Set 4" currently consists of cars 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 3.4, 6.5, 6.6 and 1.7. The 7 cars were collected from the Monorail Maintenance Facility and moved to an interim storage location between Monday 29th July to Thursday 1 August. Set 4 was the final passenger train to leave the maintenance facility, with the last two cars, 1 and 7, being removed on the 31 July 2013. (The last rolling stock to leave the Monorail system were the four maintenance vehicles, which were all removed from the maintenance facility on 7th August 2013.) The special monorail maintenance track with columns and winch was dismantled and removed from the facility to interim storage on the 12th, 20th & 21st September 2013.
The SETS members' fundraising appeal for Monorail Set 4 continues. Donations from the public are also welcome and can be made at any branch of the Commonwealth Bank. Account name "SETS Fundraising" account no. 2136 1015 9114. If you are transferring from another financial institution, the BSB is 062-136 and Acc. No. is 1015 9114. If you wish to post a donation by cheque or postal order, the address is Sydney Electric Train Society Inc., P.O. Box R868, Royal Exchange, NSW, 1225. You can call SETS for more information on 0435 407 257.
Where is the retention of the complete preserved train up to?
28/5 Most of the equipment has now been collected and moved to interim storage. Options for housing the Monorail train to place it on public display are being explored. This includes investigations as part of a prefeasibility study to build a short new line.