Guess what these are

Ten points to the first person to guess what these are.

Guess what these are

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
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23 replies on “Guess what these are”

They look like those monitors at the end of train stations so the drivers can see the little old ladies getting stuck in closing doors. Why should the passengers be getting all of the fun?

My first inclination was that an ATM burial ground had been desecrated. Then I saw the handtruck in the background so scrap that idea. Are they Myki terminals?

They look too shallow to be CRT screens, but could they be autocue devices for TV cameras? The mirror there reflects an image upwards and a corresponding piece of transparent glass in front of the camera’s lens then bounces the image forwards to the person at whom the camera is pointed. Because of the two mirrors, the image appears the right way around for the newsreader. Because the glass in front of the camera lens is reflecting the image away from the camera, the camera only sees the newsreader (and any dirt on the glass).

I thought they’d use a CRT pointing a backwards image upwards and just use the piece of glass, instead of an extra mirror, but perhaps I was wrong and these could be what they use.

Why they’d be thrown out, I don’t know. Perhaps new cameras required new autocues.

They are the old moniors that tell that your non existent train is running late.

They are all being replaced with new LCD 42″ jobbies.

“Nice monitor- where’s my fricking train?”

What do I win for being right?


Can anyone find a photo showing us one of these in place? They look like parts of periscopes, but not whole periscopes.

Why thankyou people, thankyou, I’d like to thank my parents, my tin dog, and most importantly my inane trivial side for always thinking they were the coolest part of the comeng trains :)

Where do I collect my ten points?

With them new plasma screens, how come they don’t put a clock on ’em down the bottom? Why are there separate clocks, so I’ve got to look in two places – what’s the time, what’s the next train?

Because logical thought didn’t enter into it, Josh. If it had, there’d be a huge clock hanging over the whole place, with a face pointing in each of the four directions, just like a European station.

Ummmm, in post 11 Daniel says that the pic of the burnt out Comeng shows the periscope still in place. Is it just me that cant see it in that photo??

Good job, nathan!

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