Regional Government of Madrid opens the most emblematic underground centres to the public during Science Week
The Regional Government of Madrid opens the most emblematic and technological underground centres to the public during the 21st edition of Science and Innovation Week. From 3 to 14 November, the Central Repair Shops, the Laboratory, the Fire-fighting Training Facility and the Canillejas Station Simulator are open to visitors, along with such historical locations as Chamberí station, the Engine Shed, the Caños del Peral Museum and the classic train exhibition at Chamartín station.
Through its participation in this initiative, organised by the Regional Government of Madrid under the slogan ‘Science addressing the main challenges facing mankind’, Metro de Madrid showcases its science, technology and innovation achievements to visitors.
The Madrid underground is just one of some 500 institutions taking part in Science Week, which seeks to showcase developments in this area to the public and foster public participation in the development of scientific activity, sharing its work, motivations and efforts with professionals.
The visits to the Fire-fighting Training Facility, the Laboratory and the Central Repair Shops will be held on 11 November at 10:30 am. To gain access to these different spaces, you need to register through the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phoning: 91 3791088.
In addition, the Metro museums can be visited on 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 November, at varying timetables. As well as on the regional government’s website, a specific email address has been enabled to make reservations: email@example.com, or by phoning: 91 3920693.
You can see all the activities for Science and Innovation Week 2021 on the website: semanacienciamadrid.org/actividades.
THE CANILLEJAS INSTALLATIONS
The Metro de Madrid Central Repair Shops, located at the Canillejas site, which has an extension of 40,000 square metres, will be open to visitors. These include an electronic workshop, changing rooms and offices. The surface area given over to train services and repairs accounts for some 36,000 square metres. Long-cycle services are carried out at this facility, which involve total dismantling the train, and revising and repairing all its equipment. The laboratory is also located here, used to experiment, test and work with different materials and elements that can help improve the functioning of trains and installations.
As regards the Fire-fighting Training Facility, also located on this site, this is where Metro staff perform different tests to try out detection, protection and fire suppression systems. The Station Simulation Facility is also located there – one of the sites where those who will work in these installations are trained.
HISTORICAL HERITAGE OF METRO DE MADRID
The historical heritage of Metro de Madrid can be observed, and the evolution of the underground and of the city of Madrid seen and appreciated from a different perspective, to which end the different spaces that make up Andén 0 have been enabled.
Chamberí station offers passengers the possibility of returning to Madrid of the 1950s by just going down a few stairs. It was designed by the architect Antonio Palacios, formed part of Line 1 and was inaugurated in Madrid in 1919. At the start of the 1960s, the Metropolitan Company decided to increase the length of the trains, but given the impossibility of extending this station it was closed down in May 1966. In March 2008, it was completely overhauled and opened its doors again as a museum.
The Engine Shed was built between 1922 and 1924 and conserves its original appearance. Three huge diesel engines are located at this site, along with other machinery (alternators, transformers, etc.) which served to generate and transform the energy in the past to operate the trains. The building stands out for the clarity of its conception, the attention to detail and the good execution that characterises all the work of one of the great architects of the city’s image in the first half of the 20th Century, Antonio Palacios.
In addition, Chamartín station displays the first trains and carriages that ran on Line 1 a century ago. 12 carriages are currently on display, restored between 1924 and 1965. Aside from the machines, the exhibition also displays close to 100 other historical elements of the underground.
Lastly, Los Caños del Peral – the largest underground museum in Madrid – is located in Ópera station, a space that houses archaeological remains from the 16th and 17th Centuries in an area of 200 square metres, belonging to the Caños del Peral Fountain, the Amaniel Aqueduct and the Arenal Sewers.