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Google, the search engine, technology and media multinational whose products and enterprises have become ubiquitous in the conduct of modern life, finally has a redundant piece of Sydney transport infrastructure to call its own.
At 10.15am on Wednesday, a crane began the process of winching two carriages salvaged from Sydney's one-time transport system through a window in the building Google now shares with Fairfax Media.
It was a tight fit. It is understood the carriages had about 20 centimetres of room to spare as they were eased through the open window and onto rollers.
The cost of transporting and installing the carriages is estimated to be in the region of $250,000.
The carriages will be used for meeting rooms, and will have have air-conditioning and televisions installed.
The opportunity to purchase the carriages emerged after the O'Farrell government purchased and then de-commissioned Sydney's controversial monorail.
The monorail's tracks are being torn down, in part to make more room on city streets to accommodate traffic changes when a tram is introduced on George Street, and so that Darling Harbour and the Entertainment Centre can be re-developed.
Fairfax Media has sought comment from Google about its planned use of the monorail carriages. But the search engine giant has not responded.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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