Award Ceremony Number 2
Which "Metro" line would claim the golden envelope for being the oldest such in the world? Well, obviously the London underground; everyone knows that! Easy winner at 1863.
But that was steam powered. Electric trains down below started in 1890. That was the City and South London tube forerunner of the city branch of the Norther Line.
If you leave out the underground adjective, the Chicago "L" (for Levated) ...n a small way, in 1892.
Budapest's entry with the oldest electric underground railway in Europe has some claim to the golden envelope. But it started in 1896. That was the same year a Glasgow's Underground but the latter was rope worked.
... and hardly any depth below road level, so it was well equipped with posts holding the road up!
Despite its incorrect claim to be first electrified underground railway in Europe it only warrants a silver envelope for second prize.Vordsmarty ter ,,,Szevheny-furdo. The extension to Mexiko ut came later, much later, in 1973. Indeed 1973 saw the first new stock since opening in 1896.
The 1973 trains still run today.
But the northern extension brought a notable change. The original line appeared into fresh ait immediately after Hosak Tere.Allatkerk).RED section of line and its terminus no longer exist. The replacement BLUE line is fully underground.
The original stations are really quaint ...
(Very traditional Paris Metro!) There are some fine "traditional" station names at street level.
It is all VERY different from the "true" Metro lines 2, 3 and 4.
The entrances on the 1973 extension are spartan concrete ...
No doubt the roof is supported in another way!
Another result of the 1973 upgrade was that the station at Deak Ferenc ter was moved to provide interchange with Metro line 2 and 3.
There is loads of stuff there, including a pre 1973 train car.
But there might be a snag with the silver envelope award. We need to pop in to Istanbul.funicular line. It is a steep climb.
So Budapest's "Metro" line 1 keeps its second place.
And the Whiskers Man?
Tomorrow we meet a new proposal for a circular service called Superloop. Today is fbb's fourth eyeball stabbing of a proposed programme of three (fbb does not understand either!) so the Superloop blog may be minimalist or even postponed, depending on the effect of the injection.
Next Big Circle blog : Friday 31st March
The “little Underground” is more of a tram-in-a-tunnel than a true Metro and I think that its trains can (theoretically) run on Budapest’s tram tracks as they are based on a tram design. Its restricted dimensions and shallow depth are due to its position below the road surface but above the main sewer. Although I knew it had been extended at the northern end, I didn’t know about the abandoned section and footbridge! It is a very noisy ride!ReplyDelete