The Leningrad (Petersburg) Metro celebrated its 65th anniversary on November 15, 2020!
The Saint Petersburg Metro (Russian: Петербургский метрополитен) is a rapid transit system in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Construction began in early 1941, but was put on hold due to World War II and the subsequent Siege of Leningrad, during which the constructed stations were used as bomb shelters. It was finally opened on 15 November 1955.
Formerly known as the Order of Lenin Leningrad Metro named after V. I. Lenin (Ленинградский Ордена Ленина Метрополитен имени В. И. Ленина), the system exhibits many typical Soviet designs and features exquisite decorations and artwork making it one of the most attractive and elegant metros in the world. Due to the city’s unique geology, the Saint Petersburg Metro is also one of the deepest metro systems in the world and the deepest by the average depth of all the stations. The system’s deepest station, Admiralteyskaya, is 86 metres (282 ft) below ground.
The network consists of 5 lines with a total length of 124 kilometres (77 mi). It has 72 stations including 7 transfer points. Serving about 2 million passengers daily, it is the 26th busiest metro system in the world.
|Location||Saint Petersburg agglomeration|
|Opening date||November 15, 1955|
|Owner||Government of St. Petersburg|
|Operator||State Unitary Enterprise “Petersburg Metro”|
|Daily passenger traffic||2.04 million|
|Annual passenger traffic||743,007 million|
|Number of lines||5|
|Number of stations||72|
|Net length||124.8 km|
|PS size||1941 carriage ▲|
572 cars “Yubileiny” and “NeVy”
|Number of wagons in the train||6–8|
|Track width||1520 mm (Russian track)|
|Electrification||825 V, contact rail|
|Average speed||39.03 km / h|
|Maximum speed||80 km / h|
On Sunday, November 15, passengers of the third line of the St. Petersburg metro have a chance to ride on a theme train.
During the design of its cars, archival photos were used, the thematic composition presents the entire history of the metro against the background of the main events that took place in Russia, the press service of the city administration reported.
Earlier in the metro of St. Petersburg on important dates launched the “Literary” train and the train “Palaces of St. Petersburg”.
In St. Petersburg, for the 65th anniversary of the metro, 30% of the rolling stock was renewed
In 2020, 7 new trains were purchased for the first“ red ”line of the St. Petersburg metro, manufactured under a contract with Oktyabrsky Electric Car Repair Plant. <…> In total, the St. Petersburg metro now has 588 such cars, which is about 30% of the total rolling stock. Two more eight-car trains of the new generation will enter the “red” line in 2021, the press service said.
It is noted that the new cars are “equipped with new generation traction drives”, which allow 30% more energy savings and provide a smoother ride. In addition, in the first and last carriages of the new trains, special fastenings for wheelchairs and baby strollers are organized. The driver’s cabs have also been improved – they have become more comfortable.
The Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov said: “It is important that our metro is always the most modern, equipped with advanced technologies. The city allocates significant funds for the renewal of the rolling stock of the subway ”.
On November 15, St. Petersburg celebrates the 65th anniversary of the metro. On this day in 1955, traffic on the first metro line was opened – from Avtovo to Ploschad Vosstaniya. Traffic on a 10.8-kilometer section was then provided by ten four-car trains, and today 5 metro lines with a length of 125 kilometers serve 1,925 carriages, the administration reminded.