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Old December 8th, 2014, 07:16 AM   #1
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MISC | First stretches/sections of rail transit systems

This thread is about the first-ever stretches/sections of rail transit systems (metro, light rail, etc.).

For example, the first stretch of the London Underground system (in this case, the oldest stretch) opened on 10 January 1863 and contained seven stations. The stations are, from west to east: Paddington, Edgware Road (opened 1 October 1863), Baker Street, Great Portland Street, Euston Square, King's Cross St. Pancras, and Farringdon. Initially operating as the Metropolitan Railway (not to be confused with the Metropolitan Line, which is a different London Underground line), the stretch is currently part of the Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines.

Any other examples of metro systems' first stretches or sections?
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Old December 8th, 2014, 03:32 PM   #2
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In Milan the first stretch of the metro system was opened 50 years ago, on 1st November 1964.





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Old December 10th, 2014, 07:56 AM   #3
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21 stations on first stretch of Milan Metro.

The first stretch of the Delhi Metro opened on 25 December 2002, with six stations, between Shahdara and Tis-Hazari.
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Every (mainland) Chinese metro!
Beijing: Gongzhufen-Beijingzhan (Currently part of lines 1 and 2), 15 January 1971 (That is old for Chinese standards!).
Changchun: Line 3, Changchunzhan-Weiguang Jie, 28 October 2002 (Light rail).
Changsha: Line 2, Wangchengpo-Guangda, 29 April 2014 (All what currently stands).
Chengdu: Line 1, Shengxianhu-Shijicheng, 27 September 2010.
Chongqing: Line 2, Jiaochangkou-Dongwuyuan, 18 June 2005.
Dalian: Line 3, Dalianzhan-Jinshitan, 1 May 2003
Foshan: Line 1 a.k.a. Guangzhou-Foshan line, Kuiqi Lu-Xilang, 3 November 2010 (All what currently stands). I consider this separate from Guangzhou, just below.
Guangzhou: Line 1, Huangsha-Xilang, 28 June 1997.
Hangzhou: Line 1, Xianhu-Wenze Lu/Linping, 24 November 2012.
Harbin: Line 1, Hadongzhan-Hananzhan, 26 September 2013 (All what currently stands).
Kunming: Line 6, Dongbu Qichezhan-Jichang Zhongxin, 28 June 2012.
Nanjing: Maigaoqiao-Xiaohang (Currently part of lines 1 and 10), 27 August 2005 (Extended to Aoti Zhongxin by 3 September).
Ningbo: Line 1, Gaoqiao Xi-Donghuan Nanlu, 30 May 2014 (All what currently stands).
Shanghai: Line 1, Shanghai Nanzhan (Then called Xinlonghua)-Xujiahui, 28 May 1993.
Shenyang: Line 1, Shisanhao Jie-Liming Guangchang, 27 September 2010.
Shenzhen: Line 1, Luohu-Shijie Zhichuang; and line 4, Fumin-Shaoniangong, both on 28 December 2004.
Suzhou: Line 1, Mudu-Zhongnan Jie, 28 April 2012.
Tianjin: Line 1, Xizhan-Xinhua Lu (between current Xiaobailou and Yingkou Dao), 28 December 1984. However it was closed in 2001 for reconstruction, so a second 'first strech' can be considered with Line 9 between Zhongshanmen and Donghai Lu, which opened on 28 March 2004.
Wuhan: Line 1, Huangpu Lu-Zongguan, 28 July 2004.
Wuxi: Line 1, Yanqiao-Changguangxi, 1 July 2014 (All what currently stands).
Xi'an: Line 2, Beikezhan-Huizhan Zhongxin, 16 September 2011.
Zhengzhou: Line 1, Xiliuhu-Shi Tiyu Zhongxin, 26 December 2013 (All what currently stands).
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Any other examples of metro systems' first stretches or sections?
Every single subway ever built.
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Buenos Aires Underground Linea A (Plaza de Mayo - Plaza Miserere) 1 december 1913 101 years ago.
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Old December 11th, 2014, 12:17 AM   #7
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The line 1 of Paris metro, the 19 July 1900.
The line opened between Porte Maillot and Porte de Vincennes with 10 stations.

The section of the line 1 between Porte Maillot and Porte de Vincennes has 18 stations but 8 of them were not completed when the service began in July 1900.
Those eight remaining stations have opened in the following months.
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First stretch of Mexico City Metro: Line 1, between Chapultepec and Zaragoza. Opened September 1969. 12.7 km (7.9 mi), 16 stations.
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Madrid and Barcelona (Spain).

Madrid: first line, line 1 between Cuatro Caminos and Sol, 17 October 1919.

Barcelona: first line, Gran Metro (currently L3) between Lesseps and Catalunya, 30 December 1924.
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Old December 12th, 2014, 01:32 PM   #11
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Manchester's Metrolink has a weird history. Although the light rail system only opened in 1992 four of the lines use converted Victorian commuter railway routes including the Manchester South Junction and Altrincham Railway, which takes its history back to 1849.
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Old December 13th, 2014, 11:53 AM   #12
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Singapore's MRT opened in stages, firstly from Yio Chu Kang to Toa Payoh on the North-South Line in November 1987. Later that year, stations from Novena to Outram Park were opened were opened.

More and more stations along the East-West and North-South lines were opened until the completion system from Boon Lay to Pasir Ris on the East-West Line, and Yishun to Marina Bay on the North-South line, with the addition of a Branch Line from Jurong East to Choa Chu Kang.
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Old December 14th, 2014, 08:42 AM   #13
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Berlin U-Bahn was opened on February 15, 1902

A map of the line:


I'd say there are three birthdays for three generations of U-Bahn.
January 30, 1923 saw the first stretch built with public money and built with the modern clearance gauge (modern U6).
August 28, 1961 saw the first stretch built for the peculiar circumstances in West Berlin (modern U9).
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The Glasgow Subway is always recognised as the 'third oldest Metro in the world', opening slightly later than Budapest's first line.



However, Glasgow has two underground railway lines (with underground stations) from the same period. One of which actually predates the District Subway. Today they form part of the National Rail network, and pretty much act as a heavy Metro would.

The Glasgow City and District Railway (Today known as the North Clyde Line) opened on the 1st of March 1896, and the Glasgow Central Railway (Today known as the Argyle Line) opened in 1888.

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Check out the interactive evolution of the DC metrorail!!!


http://greatergreaterwashington.org/...er-line-today/
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First stretch of Toronto Subway:

Part of the Yonge-University-Spadina Line, opened 30 March 1954. 7.4 km (4.6 mi), 12 stations. From south to north: Union, King, Queen, Dundas, College, Wellesley, Bloor-Yonge, Rosedale, Summerhill, St. Clair, Davisville, Eglinton.
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Old December 28th, 2014, 12:39 PM   #17
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The Oslo metro (T-bane) officially opened in 1966, but much of the network were originally suburban railways dating back as far as 1898. Here is a graphic history of the network:

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cityrailtransit.com has pretty detailed information on the line history of nearly every metro city worldwide: Go to http://cityrailtransit.com/maps.htm , select a map, and then, at the bottom, follow the Timeline link.

Or just go to this page that lists all the timeline links: http://mic-ro.com/metro/timelines.html
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Atlanta's first rail segment was the East Line from Georgia State to Avondale, opened in July 1979. Unfortunately, Georgia State is one station (1/2 mile, 0.8 km) from the Five Points area, which was where the vast majority of bus routes either began/ended or crossed. Therefore, MARTA started the Downtown Loop bus service, which ran every ten minutes (like the rail line) and served various greater-Downtown destinations as well as providing a way to access radial bus routes without going to the Five Points area.

The West Line and Five Points Station opened in December 1979 and segments of the North-South Line in '81 and '82, but Downtown Loop remained in service for several years, even after rail service started.

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Actually the first part of the Athens Metro is surprisingly old. The first 8,5 km stretch, Piraeus to Thisio opened in 1869 and at the time it was a suburban line with a single trackaand only two stations. By the time it became electric in 1904 it had already become double tracked, expanded tw Omonia square and it had six stations, two of which were underground.

That line reached its current full length of 25,7 km ifrom Pireaus to Kifisia in 1957 and since then the only significant additions were 6 stations in between to bring the total number to 24.

FYI, it's the green line on the map

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