1 million people have now visited the Metro museums
The Ghost Station, the Engine Shed, the trains restored and on display at Chamartín station, the old entrance hall at Pacífico station, the Caños del Peral and the now terminated Centenary Exhibition of Metro have been visited by a total of more than one million visitors. All of these Metro exhibitions sites encompass the concept of Platform 0, and out of all of them, Chamberí station, also known as the Ghost Station, has received the lion’s share of visitors – more than half (528,872),since it was opened in March 2008. The old Chamberí station has now been restored to its original glory as designed by the emblematic architect, Antonio Palacios. Visiting this station is like a journey into the past.
Antonio Palacios also designed the Engine Shed in Pacífico. This was built between 1922 and 1923 and started to operate in the same year. Three impressive diesel engines are displayed inside, together with other machinery (alternators, transformers, etc.), which served in the past to generate and transform the energy that the trains ran on.
Close-by, in Pacífico station, the original entrance hall has been maintained, another original design by Antonio Palacios, built in 1923, the year in which this station on line 1 was inaugurated with its extension from Atocha to Puente de Vallecas.
Chamartín station – one of the most modern and largest in the underground system – displays one of the greatest treasures of Metro inside – the first carriages that ran on the system. Specifically, six classic trains have been restored to show what they were originally like. The people of Madrid can enjoy the last detail of these genuine relics, which have an extraordinary value because they are some of the first elements to be used by this means of transport in Madrid.
All of this is very different to what can be found at Ópera station, which hosts the largest archaeological museum in Madrid underground, a 200-square metre area where you can see archaeological remains from the 16th and 17th Centuries which belong to the Caños del Peral Fountain, Amaniel Aqueduct and the Arenal Sewer System.