The secrets of Saint Petersburg’s Metro

The Saint Petersburg underground train system is the most northern, the most european and many say, the most beautiful in Russia….although, Moscow would beg to differ on the last point. I harbors loads of secrets and in this article we will ift the veil on some of them. 

1. The St. Petersburg Metro is not only the deepest in Russia, but also one of the deepest in the world. This is due to the fact that the city stands on boggy soil, so the constructors had to keep that in mind right from the beginning. The deepest station is the Admiralteiskaya, 86 m below ground.

 

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2. A whole lot of stations were planned, but never constructed, for soil reasons as well. For instance, the engineers came up with the idea to build the station under the Mars Field area. But it turned out that not only could they not dig there, more importantly, they had to draw the rails deeper under the ground. The train drivers call this part of the route «the rollercoaster», because of its rapid descent. The passengers don’t notice it, though – thanks to the awesome skills of the drivers!

 

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3. There were a couple mysterious unfinished «ghost stations» in the network. Although, one of them suddenly came to life – it’s Admiralteiskaya. It had been built years ago, but the authorities couldn’t find space to build the entrance pavilion in the historic center, until 2011.

 

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4. There’s a «goner station» too. Dachnaya was the first above-ground station. But remember the typical weather in St. Petersburg – open-air stations are not the best choice when it’s raining heavily.

 

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5. Many innovations appeared for the first time in the world in the Saint Petersburg Metro. Lomonosovskaya was the first station with platform screen doors or «Horizontal Lift» style station. It means that the platform itself is separated from the train, which is safer, but requires a great skill from the drivers. In Russia they (the drivers that is) even get a pay rise for this.

 

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6. The first cross-platform interchange was also build here, on Tekhnologichesky Institut station. Two different lines meet here: the first hall serves the southbound trains, while the second hall serves the northbound ones.

 

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7. Which historical figure would you say  is featured the most in the Metro interiors? At first, it was Stalin, of course. From the beginning, every station project was obliged to have a portrait of the leader. Now, only one image of Stalin is left, on the Ploshad Vosstaniya station. Actually, as Russians say, Pushkin (Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin, Russia’s greatest poet)  is «our everything»: he is set in stone on two stations – Pushkinskaya and Chernaya Rechka.

 

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