Regional Government of Madrid awards original diamond-shaped Metro signs to winners of Centenary Game
Today, the Regional Government of Madrid has awarded six original diamond-shaped steel-plated Metro signs, like those found at the entrances to underground stations, to the winners of the ‘Centenary Game’ contest: three to the winners in the passenger category and another three to those in the employee category.
The Councillor for Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure of the Regional Government of Madrid, Ángel Garrido, handed over the prizes in this contest carried out by the enterprise on social media, in which they tested the knowledge of both underground passengers and Metro workers.
Close on 5,000 passengers and 550 workers took part in the ‘Centenary Game’, organised from 5 to 11 November. The aim was to test the knowledge and skills of the underground through five challenges and an additional test, as part of the celebrations of its centenary on 17 October. The six winners were picked out of a draw of the 770 participants who successfully passed all these tests.
For Ángel Garrido, “initiatives such as these serve to arouse an interest in knowing more about the most used public transport system in Madrid and in promoting its use because, in order to win, contestants must learn a great deal about different aspects of the underground system”.
During the course of the game, participants faced different challenges related to ‘Historical Metro’, ‘The Metro shop’, ‘Travelling in the Metro’, ‘Madrid in Metro’ and ‘Get to know Metro’. Lastly, they had to post a selfie in some parts of the underground system – an entrance, a platform, a wall, a train, by the name or signage of an underground station.
This initiative is one of the many activities that have been put on over the year on the occasion of the centenary of Metro de Madrid, which kicked off on 17 October 2018 with the inauguration of the permanent exhibition of classic trains in Chamartín station. This station also hosts another exhibition entitled ‘Underground portraits’, made up of a series of photos of famous figures from the world of culture, communication and sport, who pay their own tributes to Metro de Madrid.
Over the course of recent months, other displays have been put on, such as the ‘Centenary Line’, a permanent exhibition in the stations of the original line from Cuatro Caminos to Sol (line 1). In addition Aeropuerto T1 - T2 - T3 station continues to be the backdrop for a display of 35 large-scale photos on the platforms and in the entrance hall.
The display entitled ‘100 years of Metro’, which was also organised by Metro for two months in the Engine Shed, allowed visitors to discover the origins of the public enterprise of the Regional Government of Madrid. Similarly, more than 2,100 runners took part in the ‘Centenary Race’, held on 3 February, in which participants could run at street level above the original Metro line, which covered the journey from Cuatro Caminos to Sol.
The ‘Centenary Game’s is not the first competition organised by Metro as part of the celebrations of its first 100 years. The Madrid underground also organised a contest back in February entitled ‘What is Metro to you?’, in which children aged from 6 to 12 that study at State, State-subsidised and private schools in the region depicted their vision of the metropolitan system.