Close to 27,000 people have already visited the classic trains in Chamartín station and the exhibition ‘100 years of Metro’
Close to 27,000 people have already visited the classic train display in Chamartín station and the exhibition entitled ‘100 years of Metro’ in the Engine Shed at Pacífico. These initiatives are framed within the activities that the Madrid underground is carrying out on the occasion of it centenary.
The Metro de Madrid classic train exhibition was inaugurated by King Felipe VI on 17 October 2018. On display are 10 carriages from different periods of the company’s history. This is a standing display which seeks to ensure that all the people of Madrid can enjoy these jewels with their extraordinary historical value.
The display entitled ‘100 years of Metro’ was inaugurated, in turn, on 17 May and will remain open to the public until 15 July. Visitors can tour this exhibition divided into four sections that trace out different aspects of the company: ‘The origins’, ‘An underground city’, ‘Innovation’ and ‘The future’. The exhibition includes historical items and typical elements of the underground, and has extensive audio-visual content to highlight certain aspects of the company.
EXHIBITION OF CLASSIC TRAINS AT CHAMARTÍN STATION
This exhibition showcases four carriages of the ‘Cuatro Caminos’-type model, which was the first train to travel on the network and was in service for 70 years. Another of the restored carriages on display is the ‘Ventas’-type model, which came into operation in 1924, as well as a ‘Quevedo’-type model which dates back to 1927. The exhibition also has two ‘Salamanca’-type models, which began operating in 1943 and two ‘Legazpi’ L5-type models, which the company began running in 1955.
In the near future, two more first series 1,000-type carriages will be added to the exhibition, which are currently being restored and that came into service in 1965.
In addition to the trains – the main exhibits – close to 100 elements of the underground system that have changed over time and have become historical pieces in the history of Metro de Madrid are also on display.
The exhibition is open from Friday to Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00. Entry is free, but it is necessary to buy an underground ticket since the exhibition is on display after passing through the turnstiles.
100 YEARS OF METRO
This display is organised as a tour round different aspects of Metro de Madrid. The section given over to ‘The origins’ of Metro includes, through photographic panels and infographics, what the beginnings were like for the Alfonso XIII Metropolitan Company and the history of the founders and its leading figures, as well as a review of the construction processes used in its creation.
‘An underground city’ is a section that shows the history and development of Metro de Madrid, an underground system used by more than 2.3 million people daily. It shows different aspects of the company, from its relationship with the world of culture, the history of the Metro museums and the uniforms worn by employees, to the role played by the Madrid underground during the Spanish Civil War. Various historical objects, texts and audio-visual projections help understand the dimension attained by Metro de Madrid to become a key part of the history and the life of the city and the region.
The section entitled ‘Innovation’ is a trip down the most noteworthy milestones of Metro since the inauguration of the first eight stations in the system in 1919 to the present, through an audio-visual projection.
Lastly, Metro de Madrid seeks to draw visitors closer to the underground of the ‘Future’, with a projection that allows you to see what the stations will look like in the years to come thanks to ongoing improvements and the application of technology.
In addition, and for the first time since it was built, the underground gallery has been opened to the public below the Engine Shed. Old work tools and several videos allow visitors to connect with the history of this distinctive and unique space.
The general visit is free of charge. Opening hours to the public are from Monday to Friday, from 17:00 to 21:00 and on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 21:00
In order to visit the basements of the Engine Shed, you must make a prior reservation on the Metro webpage (www.metromadrid.es) to receive a guided tour. This can be taken from Monday to Friday at 17:30, 18:30, 19:30 or 20:30, while on Saturday and Sunday, the tours are held at 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30, 19:30 and 20:30. These tours of the basements may alter according to demand.
A YEAR OF CELEBRATIONS
The Engine Shed exhibition is just one of many activities being put on by Metro de Madrid on the occasion of its centenary. These events kicked off on 17 October with the inauguration by King Felipe VI of the classic train exhibition in Chamartín station.
The ‘Centenary Line’ was also opened at the stations on the original line from Cuatro Caminos to Sol (line 1), which offers a trip through the history of Metro with huge photos displayed in entrance halls, on platforms and in passages.
Another of the activities was the exhibition put on display until 31 January, in this case at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, comprising a series of photographs on the present and future of the underground system, and the display entitled ‘Underground portraits’, in which famous figures from the world of culture, communication and sport pay their own tributes to Metro.
Back in February, the Metro ‘Centenary Race’ was held and a cycle of live music sessions entitled ‘Metro Vibra’ [Metro rocks] was organised - a series of concerts being held once a month until August at seven different underground stations.