The exhibition on 100 years of Metro de Madrid received 15,000 visitors

Basement of the Metro de Madrid Engine Shed
The underground galleries at the Engine Shed were opened to the public for the first time for this display, with more visits to be organised
‘100 years of Metro’ is one of the many exhibitions organised by the Regional Government of Madrid on the occasion of the underground’s centenary

More than 15,000 people visited the exhibition entitled ‘100 years of Metro’, which ended this week, to learn more about the history of the Madrid underground system, see its present reality and discover where it is heading in the future.

The Engine Shed in Pacífico hosted this display, open for the last two months – from 17 May to 15 July – framed within the activities organised by the Regional Government of Madrid on the occasion of the underground’s centenary.

Various historical objects, texts and audio-visual projections have supported this display to help understand the dimensions achieved by Metro de Madrid in becoming a key part in the history and the life of Madrid.

Furthermore, for those who reserved a place, the possibility was offered to go on a guided tour of the underground galleries below the Engine Shed. These had never before been opened to the public.

This visit proved highly popular and the entry tickets were sold out on two occasions, after the timetable for visits was extended. Accordingly, more than 4,000 people have had the chance to venture down into the labyrinth of passages on this site, which lead to the location where the impressive ship engines that supplied energy to Metro de Madrid was operated.

Given the success of this initiative, Metro de Madrid will periodically organise, on a prior reservation basis, new visits to the underground galleries beneath the Engine Shed.

‘100 years of Metro’ is one of the many exhibitions organised by the Madrid underground on the occasion of its centenary, with the aim of bringing the underground up to the streets and ensuring that the people of Madrid could enjoy this historical milestone.

EXHIBITIONS ON DISPLAY

Accordingly, the display of restored classic trains remains open to the public in Chamartín station. This permanent exhibition, inaugurated by King Felipe VI on 17 October 2018, has already received more than 29,000 visitors.

12 restored carriages from different eras are on display, which show the evolution of Metro de Madrid rolling stock from its origins to the 1960s. This extraordinary display of restored railway jewels is complemented by a collection of 100 typical objects found in the underground, from elements found in stations and trains to employee uniforms.

Chamartín station also hosts the exhibition entitled ‘Underground Portraits’, in which well-known personalities from the worlds of culture, literature and sport, such as Joaquín Sabina, Lorenzo Silva and Chema Martínez, among others, pay their own tribute to Metro de Madrid through their own portraits painted in their favourite stations.

Historical and documentary photos are the stars of the ‘Centenary Line’, on display in the passageways, entrance halls and platforms of the stations from Cuatro Caminos to Sol (the first Metro line), which show the evolution of the underground since 1919. The platforms of Airport T1-T2-T3 station also host a photo display that shows part of the history of the Company.

THEME STATIONS

The theming of several stations is another of the actions with which the Madrid underground has managed to surprise its users. Rubén Darío station pays tribute to Antonio Mingote, on the occasion of 100 years since his birth, with his best illustrations and cartoons of the underground. Plaza de España underground station has been decorated with the complete text of Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

Metro also themed La Latina underground station with historical and contemporary photos of El Rastro – the emblematic open air market that has been held in the capital on Sundays since 1740. In addition, Arroyofresno station is completely decorated with images and illustrations of the Guadarrama mountain range, due to its proximity to the station. In turn, Portazgo station is decorated with themes relating to Rayo Vallecano football club and the San Silvestre road race in Vallecas, held close to the station.

All of these stations are focused on bringing Metro de Madrid to the streets, turning different underground sites into displays for users in an attempt to involve the people of Madrid and visitors in all the activities that the company has prepared for the celebration of its centenary.