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Abandoned Monorail Finds A New Home In Google’s Office [Pics]

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Google turns joke into reality, installing old Sydney monorail cars in its office, repurposing them as meeting rooms.

Daniela Walker
  • 14 october 2013

The Sydney monorail was decommissioned in June of this year after 25 years of use. The lack of passengers meant the unpopular transportation mode was destined for the junkyard, except for two rail cars that have now been installed in Google’s Syndey office – all thanks to a joke request by a Google employee.

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Using the internal ticketing system to contact the Facilities Office (usually used for building operations issues) Paul Cowan submitted a request for the monorail to be bought by Google and installed in its ever-expanding office as a means of lazy employees getting around. It was an obvious joke, but months down the line Cowan received a response from a member of the Facilities team, telling him to come along for a quick road trip to none other than the junkyard where the disbanded monorail had been stored. He and the team then picked out two rail cars to be installed in the office, at an estimated cost of $250,000 AUD.

While Cowan isn’t getting the monorail service he requested, he and all the Google employees, are getting two brand new meeting rooms using the hollowed out rmonorail carriages.

Cowan wrote about the whole experience in a Google+ post:

Next time I tell you (as I regularly do) that working at Google is like working at Wonka’s Chocolate Factory: remember, I once made a stupid joke about buying a monorail, and MY COMPANY DID IT FOR ME

See a video of the crane-lifted carriage going into the Google building below:

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