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Old March 17th, 2008, 01:31 AM   #1
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MISC | Transportation Records

Hi all, I have an idea for a new thread:

There are always those simple yet burning questions about metros of the world. You have read an interesting superlative somewhere but have long forgotten the facts.

This is the place to collect metro world records: Which is the deepest station? The longest escalator? The widest train profile? The longest platform? The widest gauge? The most works of art in a system? The metro line with the highest average speed?

You can post questions with the answers or just the questions and leave them for others to answer (or argue). In some of the more obscure facts it might be nice to provide the source of information.

I'll start with a few easy ones (some of which I found on the Metro Bits website):

What is the largest metro network? London, 408 km.
The one with the most stations? New York (468).
The first metro tunnel? London, 1863.
The first platform doors? Saint Petersburg (1961, platform steel doors), Singapore had the first real PSDs (1987).
First driverless metro? Osaka and Kobe, both 1981.
Largest metro loop? Seoul, 48.8 km.

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Old March 17th, 2008, 01:57 AM   #2
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Deepest station: Kiev, Arsenalna, 102m.
First Schematic Map: London, 1933.
Longest Metro Tunnel: Moscow, Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya line.
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Old March 17th, 2008, 08:12 PM   #3
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Might Montreal's metro be the world's first fully-underground metro, coz even its multiple-tracked garages (depots) are underground?
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Old March 18th, 2008, 12:13 AM   #4
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Longest automated system: Vancouver, 49km
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Old March 18th, 2008, 07:18 AM   #5
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Longest automated system: Vancouver, 49km
Soon to be 68km in 2010... and just shy of 100km a decade from now.
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Old March 18th, 2008, 09:08 PM   #6
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First endless track: Glasgow, Scotland.

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Originally Posted by alta-bc
Longest automated system: Vancouver, 49km

Soon to be 68km in 2010... and just shy of 100km a decade from now.
I'll believe it when I see it

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Old March 18th, 2008, 09:39 PM   #7
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First endless track: Glasgow, Scotland.
The London Circle Line was already closed in 1884...12 years before the completion of Glasgow's.

Probably not something to be proud of:

Longest delayed subway line to date:: Second Avenue Subway, NYC. First plans for this line were already drawn up in 1929.
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Old March 18th, 2008, 09:46 PM   #8
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Northern-most underground : Helsinki, Finland
Southern-most underground : Melbourne Australia

(From the Greenwich Meridian)

Eastern-most underground : Sydney Australia
Western-most underground : Vancouver, Canada

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Old March 19th, 2008, 02:56 AM   #9
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Narrowest gauge: Valencia, Spain (1000 mm)
Widest gauge: Sapporo (2180 mm)

(From Schleife, Hans-Werner et al.: Metros der Welt. Geschichte, Technik, Betrieb. Transpress 1992.)
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Old March 19th, 2008, 10:19 AM   #10
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Vancouver SkyTrain is also home to the SkyBridge.
It connects Vancouver over the mighty Frazer to Surrey and is the longest transit-only bridge in the world.

Edmonton, first city in NA to bring back LRT as mass transit in 1980.
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Old March 19th, 2008, 10:42 AM   #11
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Soon to be 68km in 2010... and just shy of 100km a decade from now.
Yeah but unfortunately Dubai's new fully automated metro will open in 2009 with 2 lines with a total length of 70km, with plans for another 2 lines that will bring the total to 166km in the future.
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Old March 19th, 2008, 04:13 PM   #12
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The only metro system with 2 circles lines?: MADRID, line 6, 23 km; line 12 40Km
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Old March 19th, 2008, 06:08 PM   #13
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Narrowest gauge: Valencia, Spain (1000 mm)
I dont think so, cause Bilbao´s one has 1 meter track too
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Old March 19th, 2008, 10:32 PM   #14
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You are right. So it reads:
Narrowest gauge: Bilbao, Valencia/Spain (1000 mm)

... if there isn't a third one (not counting the tram-like light rail lines in Bochum and Mülheim).
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Old March 20th, 2008, 11:12 AM   #15
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Smallest city with a full metro systems: Lausanne.

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Longest automated system: Vancouver, 49km
The longest single line in probably Lille's line 2: 32 km/20 miles.

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First endless track: Glasgow, Scotland.
System with the longest period without extension. In fact, Glasgow subway has never been extended.

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Northern-most underground : Helsinki, Finland
Southern-most underground : Melbourne Australia

(From the Greenwich Meridian)

Eastern-most underground : Sydney Australia
Western-most underground : Vancouver, Canada
Melbourne's and Sydney's systems are not real metros.

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Narrowest gauge: Valencia, Spain (1000 mm)
Widest gauge: Sapporo (2180 mm)

(From Schleife, Hans-Werner et al.: Metros der Welt. Geschichte, Technik, Betrieb. Transpress 1992.)
Sapporo's system runs on rubber tyres, without real rails.

New Delhi, line 1 in Barcellona and the Bart use (about) the same gauge: 1676 mm/5'6''.

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I dont think so, cause Bilbao´s one has 1 meter track too
Bilbao has the widest carriages compared with the rail gauge: 2.8 m versus 1 m.

Some metros in Japan may use the Cape gauge (1067 mm/3'6'') or even the strange 1372 mm/4'6''.
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Old March 20th, 2008, 04:54 PM   #16
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Melbourne's and Sydney's systems are not real metros.
When someone gives me an agreed definition of what a metro is (not just a personal opinion) I'll reconsider.

Anyway, I didn't say "metros" : I said "underground (railways)".
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Old March 20th, 2008, 05:42 PM   #17
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You are right. So it reads:
Narrowest gauge: Bilbao, Valencia/Spain (1000 mm)

... if there isn't a third one (not counting the tram-like light rail lines in Bochum and Mülheim).
Barcelona L8.

Seems that Spain is specialized in narrow metros

Edit: Espanya station has all the tree gauges that can be found on Barcelona metro: 1674mm on line 1, 1435mm on line 3 and 1000mm on line 8.
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Old March 20th, 2008, 07:11 PM   #18
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Fully Underground Automated and Driverless: North East Line, Singapore. Completion on 23 June 2003.
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First Automated Train Operation (ATO) and Fully Underground: Victoria Line, London, 1968
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Old March 21st, 2008, 12:18 AM   #20
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When someone gives me an agreed definition of what a metro is (not just a personal opinion) I'll reconsider.

Anyway, I didn't say "metros" : I said "underground (railways)".
Massive transport railway systems which operate in the big cities in order to connect the differentes areas of that main city and the surroundings, normally underground. The rate "number of stations/kilometers of line" is lower than 1.
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