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Google uses defunct monorail in office

Posted By Tina Grady Barbaccia On December 9, 2013 @ 4:11 pm In The Roadologist | No Comments

(Photo: Paul Cowan / Google+) [1]

(Photo: Paul Cowan / Google+)

Google has always been on the cutting edge and encouraging innovations. I’ve been to the Chicago office of Google and there is a coffee bar, giant bean bag chairs and other funky concepts that make it seem more like a modern, hip hangout than a place of business.

Don’t get me wrong. It looks awesome – just different.

(Photo: Paul Cowan / Google+) [2]

(Photo: Paul Cowan / Google+)

Now Google has really outdone itself. It has purchased Sydney’s recently-defunct monorail [3] to use in its Pyrmont, Australia, office as meeting rooms.

After the monorail shut down in June because of low ridership, Google Australia employee Paul Cowan jokingly sent a suggestion to the company’s facilities team suggesting that Google should buy the retired monorail to help its employees get around, according to a report in The Atlantic Cities [4].

Cowan had no idea his joke suggestion would be taken seriously.

Now, Google has two monorail cars in its office.

The cost of transporting and installing the carriages was about $250,000, The Sydney Morning Herald reports [5].

The carriages are being used for meeting rooms and have air-conditioning and televisions installed, according to the report.

To read all about the process on Cowan’s Google+ page, click here [6].


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[1] Image: http://www.equipmentworld.com/files/2013/12/BLOG_Sydney-Monorail_Paul-Cowan-Google.jpg

[2] Image: http://www.equipmentworld.com/files/2013/12/BLOG_Sydney-Monorail_being-lifted-into-air-_Paul-Cowan-Google_IMG_20131009_102833.jpg

[3] Sydney’s recently-defunct monorail: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Monorail

[4] according to a report in The Atlantic Cities: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2013/10/google-just-installed-sydney-monorail-its-australian-offices/7210/

[5] The Sydney Morning Herald reports: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/google-installs-monorail-carriages-in-its-office-20131009-2v7fl.html#ixzz2mcJJ6Jpm

[6] click here: https://plus.google.com/+PaulCowan/posts/Sfm9SpV4eCE

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