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17-05-2017

The Community will offer guided visits to the old forecourt of Pacífico Metro Station after its rehabilitation

The new museum space, which preserves the original decoration by Antonio Palacios, will be open for visit once every three months. The period for reserving visits opens tomorrow, coinciding with International Museum Day. Opened in 1923, it has been closed to the public since 1966. It forms part of a new project for digital graphic recovery and recreation of the historic heritage of Metro.

Once every three months the Community of Madrid will offer guided visits to the original forecourt of Pacífico Station, which had remained closed since 1966 and has now been rehabilitated. Tomorrow, 18 May, coinciding with International Museum Day, the reservation period opens for visiting the forecourt, as explained today by the Regional Secretary of Transport, Housing and Infrastructure, Pedro Rollán.

The rehabilitation of the old forecourt of Pacífico Station (Lines 1 and 6) has preserved the original decoration of the station designed by the architect Antonio Palacios in 1923.

At the presentation today of this new Metro museum space, it was shown how the forecourt, the station and its surroundings underwent changes in the course of key historic times. For this purpose, use was made of historic images and documents, computer graphics and an interactive 3D application which simulates in a realistic manner what a station and the trains that ran in the twenties were like.

This is the first action of ‘La Huella de Metro’ (the ‘Metro Footprint’) project, an initiative which consists of the digital graphic restoration of landmark stations and locations of the Company’s historic heritage. The aim is to make use of multimedia carriers to recreate the origins of the Underground system.

Pacífico Station came into service for users in 1923, when the Atocha-Puente de Vallecas section in Line 1 was opened. The original forecourt was closed in 1966 on account of the lengthening of the platforms on this line, which increased from 60 to 90 metres. This circumstance entailed the building of new forecourts and entrances, with the result that its use became obsolete.

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Metro Madrid has other spaces that may be visited free of charge by the public.

These include the Pacífico Engine Shed, which was built between 1922-1923, opened in 1924 and remained in operation until 1972. The building is notable for the clarity of its design, the concern for detail, and the excellent quality of its execution. The conservation works restored the bay to its original appearance, both inside and outside, so that the power plant has been recovered for the public just as it was designed.

For its part, the old Chamberí Station belongs to the first metro line opened in Madrid in 1919. It was closed on 21 May 1966 after the decision was made to increase the length of trains and in view of the impossibility of lengthening the station platform. The design, by Antonio Palacios too, opted both for an extremely straightforward functional solution with regard to constructional runs and organization and for simple finishes. Chamberí has a series of advertising posters that are preserved practically just as they were created in the twenties and are one of the great attractions of the station.

As regards Ópera Station, while the works for the installation of the access lifts were being carried out, it was decided to set up a museum with the remains of the Caños del Peral Fountain, the Amaniel Aqueduct and the Arenal Drain. The discovery of these architectural remains took place in 1925 during the works for the building of the Sol-Quevedo section of Line 2 and the Ópera-Norte Spur Line. After its rehabilitation, Ópera Station houses the largest underground archaeological museum in Madrid, a 200 square metre space where we may view 16th and 17th century archaeological remains.

Visits to the Pacífico Station forecourt may be made every three months. Those interested may make their prior reservation via email andencero@tritoma.es.

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