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Saturday, June 9, 2007

Moscow Subways

This is the first of a number of posts about Moscow.

I had the opportunity to take the Moscow Metro. The Moscow Metro is a relic of the Soviet Socialist system. It was built in the 1920s or 1930s and the network is quite extensive. It covers the entire city with its 15 lines. In fact the transportation in Moscow is quite efficient. There is the Metro and on the surface, there is the electric trams as well as buses. It is quite cheap too.

The most interesting bit of information about the Moscow subway is that the stations look like art galleries. The following are photographs of one of the subways. This one is near our hotel. It is not even one of the more famous ones, so you can imagine what the famous stations would look like. This one has chandeliers and beautiful arts along the walls.

The only problem is that the subway has not been modernised. There is no aircondition. Before taking the ride, our guide was warning us how sweltering it will be. Luckily for us there was a bit of a breeze going through the subway. The trains are old and quite rickety. The electronic gates are well - not electronic anymore. I have a feeling there are some customers who slipped through without paying. The subways are deep inside. Unlike in UK where some subways are almost close to the surface, the one in Moscow is really deep. The subways served a dual purpose - remember, the cold war? The escalators going up too is really old.




1 comment:

Zaki said...

Is that really a subway or a museum? *hehe*