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Old November 17th, 2010, 01:12 AM   #501
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November 15, 2010. Reconstruction of the vestibule of station "Oktyabrskaya" is over:

HISTORY OF THE STATION:

Station "Oktyabrskaya" ("October") is a station of Ring Line, which was opened on January 1, 1950. It was among first six stations, which were opened after the Soviet Victory in the Second World war. The station vestibule is in the form of a grandiose triumphal arch adomed with bas-reliefs of a man and a woman playing trumpets, symbolising victory (the sculptor Georgy Motovilov has dressed them in Soviet military uniform).

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"Oktyabrskaya" was planned as a requiem for those who perished in the Great Patriotic War. This theme became central at the post-war stage of Metro construction and was elaborated actively, but only architect Leonid Polyakov managed to create an almost church-like area, where rows of victory torches lead up to an apse with a hypothetical altar.

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Never before had a station made such active use of church architecture or reminded one so insistently of a three-naves early Christian basilica. The passage between pylons of grey marble with torches of anodised aluminium and ventilation shafts bearing laurel wreaths ends in an empty apse with a locked Empire-style grille.

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Old November 17th, 2010, 01:13 AM   #502
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Polyakov believed that he had found a way of eradicating the "sense of squatness". The strongly lit niche wall and bright blue of the upper section of the apse were intended to create the illusion of sunlight and help passangers forget they were thirty metres below ground. His version of a "radiant future behind the grille" provided a target for several generations of wise-cracks.

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It's amazing that the high-level commission allowed such an ideologically dubious design. And not only allowed it, but even gave permission for it to be repeated in a very similar station, "Pushkinskaya" (the only Leningrad Metro station built by a Moscow architect). It was erected in 1956 from a non-competition design by Leonid Polyakov, by then a merited metro builder. To be fair it must be said that the apse niche in the Leningrad version was not closed, it contains Mikhail Anikushin's statue of Alexander Pushkin.

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The floor at "Oktyabrskaya" is paved with red and grey granite and a laurel branch of black gabbro running round the edge. Over the vaults of the central and transit halls run bands of moulding similar to mourning bands, with profiles of heroes of the Great Patriotic War in laurel wreaths. The track walls are covered with cream-coloured ceramic tiles and adorned with ornamental wreaths and five-pointed stars.

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Old November 17th, 2010, 01:15 AM   #503
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The station's first name came from the square on which it stands, "Kaluzhskaya". In 1922 it became Oktyabrskaya in memory of the Zamoskvorechye workers' struggle for Soviet power in October 1917. In 1961 it was decided to give the square and the station the same name, and in 1993 the square recovered its original name, but the station remains "Oktyabrskaya" (as there is now "Kaluzhskaya" on the Line 6). In 1962 a passageway was built from the staircases of the central hall to "Oktyabrskaya" on the Line 6.

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The ground-level vestibule was planned as a huge triumphal arch, determining the architectural appearance of the square. In the 1960s and 1970s October Square was altered considerably and the metro vestibule was included in the new building of the Institute of Steel and Alloys.

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Old November 17th, 2010, 01:17 AM   #504
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RECONSTRUCTION OF THE VESTIBULE:

Vestibule of the station was closed for reconstruction on January 3, 2010 and reopened on November 15, 2010:

Photos were taken by Russos:
http://russos.livejournal.com/765247.html

Renovated entrance to the vestibule:


Cash offices:


New doors of the service rooms:


New turnstiles:


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Old November 17th, 2010, 01:18 AM   #505
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Dmitry Gaev, chief of the Moscow Metropolitan:




Reopening of the vestibule:


The traditional douche from the champaigne:


First passanger in the new vestibule:
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Old November 17th, 2010, 01:19 AM   #506
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Chief of the station "Oktyabrskaya":


New escalators:


Station "Oktyabrskaya":


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Old November 18th, 2010, 11:00 PM   #507
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the stations are amazing as poor are the cars!

When will it have modern standards equipment?
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Old November 19th, 2010, 01:03 AM   #508
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the stations are amazing as poor are the cars!

When will it have modern standards equipment?
What are you talking about?
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Old November 19th, 2010, 11:35 AM   #509
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The cars are sooo old
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Old November 19th, 2010, 09:59 PM   #510
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The cars are sooo old
I don't think the most Moscovites want the trains to be changed. These cars are the tradition, nostalgic.
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Old November 20th, 2010, 03:48 PM   #511
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MOSCOW METRO:

November 17, 2010. Construction of the own vestibule of station "Sretensky Boulevard" (Line 10):

Unfortunately, its opening was rescheduled from the end of this year till next spring.

Photos were taken by Russos:
http://russos.livejournal.com/766122.html



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Escalators:
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Old November 20th, 2010, 04:33 PM   #513
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MOSCOW METRO:

November 17, 2010. Presentation of the new special train "Poetry in Metro" at the station "Mezhdunarodnaya" ("International") of Line 4:

Photos were taken by Russos and martin-sqare:
http://russos.livejournal.com/766598.html
http://martin-sqare.livejournal.com/104522.html

The decoration of train is dedicated to the Chilean poetry:


Igor Levitin, First Deputy of the chief of Moscow Metropolitan and Juan Eduardo Eguiguren, Ambassador of Chile in Russia:




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Nicanor Parra is one of the five Chilean poets whose work is represented in the train:




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Old November 20th, 2010, 05:12 PM   #517
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"Moscú, ciudad de grandes alas,
albatros de la estepa,
con el nido del Kremlin corruscante
y San Basilio y su juguetería,
ciudad también de alma rectangular,
de barrios infinitamente grises,
cubos recién salidos de la usina
y serpenteando como un brazo armado
el río
en la cintura de la fortaleza..."


(Pablo Neruda, De Elegia, 1974).
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Brand-new stations and Stalin's rolling stock!
What a contrast.
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Old November 21st, 2010, 02:51 PM   #519
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Brand-new stations and Stalin's rolling stock!
What a contrast.
sure! i never saw that anywhere! they have lot of money that's why i don't understand why they want to continue with this stock??!!
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Brand-new stations and Stalin's rolling stock!
What a contrast.
1) The current rolling stoke was made long time ago after Stalin's death.
2) The biggest contrast is the new equipment (escalators, turnstiles, trains) at the old beautiful stations with excellent architecture.
3) Actually, rolling stock is now under replacing. However, it's impossible to replace all old trains in one moment, because it's need big money for buying of necessary quantity of trains.
4) As it known, "newest" is not analog of "better". There is less free space in the new models due to installing of split-system of air conditioning. And I, being tall guy (1.93 m), can't stay near the doors. Moreover, there is no place for Map of Metro - only at the windows. On contrast, I feel more space in the old trains.
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