(Photo: Queensland Rail, State Library of Queensland & John Oxley Library; #17994)
Did you notice the railway signalman clearing the way for the train? He is specially equipped with a warning bell and a red flag to warn off the driver of any other vehicle. If you have never seen a trolley-bus, there is one in the picture, right behind the train. In this further image (below), you can see the signal box that contained the man who directed the trams through this intersection.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #4047)
The fiveways is still a busy intersection, but today it's only motor vehicles and buses, and the electrical infrastructure needed by the trams and trolley-buses has been removed. The railway signalman and the tram signal box have also gone, and traffic lights control the intersection.(Photo: © 2009 the foto fanatic)
In my recent photo (above - click on it to see a larger version), you can see a fairly clear fiveways, with one of the controversial chimneys for the Clem7 tunnel, not yet completed, in the background. It's been specially designed to look like a jacaranda tree so that it can merge into the landscape. I think it sticks out like a sore thumb - what do you think?
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