The exhibition in the Chamartín Metro Station adds a new classical train from 1943 called 'Salamanca'
Starting today, Chamartín Station boasts a new restored classical train. This addition is a ‘Salamanca’-type train, made up by two cars that began to operate in 1943, with a much more austere and subdued style than the earlier trains, due not only to the post-war period in which these trains were built, when supplies of spare parts were scarce, but also to the experience gained during those years, which showed that, in practice, more functional and durable materials were better than those used up to that time.
During that period, it was necessary to provide service to a higher passenger demand than before. This type of train was purchased in order to satisfy the need for providing greater transport capacity with an increase in the length of the body of the cars, which were the first to have 4 doors on each side to facilitate the exit and entry of passengers. The trains were capable of reaching a speed of 55 kilometres per hour.
These two cars are now a part of the Chamartín exhibition which features the first trains that operated in Metro one century ago. They are additional to the four ‘Cuatro Caminos’-model cars already on display, while, in the next few months, another six in the process of restoration will arrive: two cars of the Quevedo-Ventas type, two L-5 cars and two 1000 1st series models, which began to run in 1924-1928, 1955 and 1965, respectively.
With this exhibition, Metro offers a detailed look at the evolution of its rolling stock and, therefore, of the history of Metro and of the Community of Madrid.
The exhibition, which has already received more than 14,000 visits, is designed as a permanent display to enable all of Madrid’s citizens to enjoy these treasures of extraordinary historical value. The exhibition can be visited on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm. There is no entrance fee; however, visitors will need to purchase a transport ticket, since access to the exhibition is through the turnstiles.
In addition to the trains—the focal point of the exhibition—there are also exposed close to 100 typical elements of the underground which have gradually changed over time and have become pieces of history in the life of Metro.
This exhibition is only one of the many events organised by Metro de Madrid to celebrate its Centenary, such as the ‘Centenary Line’, an exhibition in the stations on the original route from Cuatro Caminos to Sol, on Line 1, which offers a journey through the history of Metro through oversized photos installed in vestibules, on platforms and in corridors. In addition, a vinyl-wrapped train with the appearance of the original trains runs continuously on the line. Another exhibition, in this case at the Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport, will enable visitors to learn about the present and the future of the underground through a series of photographs, up to 31 January.
In the month of November Metro launched its new website, together with a specific microsite for the Centenary. Likewise, Metro hosted the annual congress of the International Public Transport Union; and the period for the submission of entries for the children’s drawing contest ‘What does Metro mean for you?’, aimed at children between 6 and 12 years of age from schools in the Community of Madrid, is still open up to 1 March.
In addition, on 3 February, Madrid citizens are invited to participate in the Centenary Race, an historic 5-kilometre route on the surface between Cuatro Caminos and Sol, following the same route run by the underground when it was inaugurated in 1919.
And also in February, Metro de Madrid will inaugurate a photography exhibition, in which well-known faces from the world of Spanish culture and sport will promote the use of public transport.