Categories Melbourne Guess what these are Post date Thu 5 July 2007 23 Comments on Guess what these are Ten points to the first person to guess what these are. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInReddit 23 Comments on Guess what these are By Daniel Bowen Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek. Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia. Opinions on this blog are all mine. View Archive → ← The housing market → Interrelated 23 replies on “Guess what these are” Can you give us a clue? Microfiche readers? Are they lights from an old dot-matrix-style digital billboard of some sort? 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? Old cathode ray tube monitors in China creating toxic waste? Clue: I took the picture on my way to work the other day. Aaron may be onto something. 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. Is it those things from the top of the comeng trains that lets them see if the pento is up or down? 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? Tom NATHAN WINS THE POINTS! They’re periscopes that have been removed from Comeng trains at Brighton Beach, formerly used by guards to look on the roof, including for train surfers. (Guards don’t exist anymore.) Pic of an old train with its periscope still in place here. Can anyone find a photo showing us one of these in place? They look like parts of periscopes, but not whole periscopes. Ah. Found one! At vicsig. 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. I believe the wiring you can see goes to an inbuilt windscreen wiper. I can’t believe the periscope had a windscreen wiper. 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! Try these pictures, they show them a bit more clearly: http://vicsig.net/photo.php?filename=444m-371m-mixed.jpg http://vicsig.net/photo.php?filename=connex-fss-180900-4.jpg This picture shows the periscope from a completely different angle… http://vicsig.net/photo.php?filename=20030204-sss-394m-n463-2.jpg Those in my picture are all sitting upside down, so you’re seeing the inside of it. Speed Camera Boxes! The screen bits inside the old Space Invaders games! I never knew about them. The last pic shows one that is badly adjusted. http://vicsig.net/photo.php?filename=20030204-sss-394m-n463-2.jpg I also thought they were the screens from old acrade game machines – they were put facing up with a mirror to make them look like they were in front of you. Comments are closed.