Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Here are some archival photos from the constructing of the first line of the Moscow underground.

Sometimes it is hard to distinguish where are the upper sides of the pictures and where are its lower parts, because photos are black-and-white and very old.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Cofferdams. The plate “Hairdresser’s” is in the background.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

And in the foreground you can see a mine.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

It is probably a headframe.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

The fossil.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Workers are even without helmets, but it was normal for that time.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

The process of ramming in the rabbet.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

A trolley.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

An adit.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Preparations of the calotte for concreting.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

A cofferdam detail.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

An old photoshop was used for pictures arrangement.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Necessary details were cut and put on the white paper.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Cofferdams installed in the mine.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Another fossil.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

The mine shaft. There is a big tank for compressed air and a pump.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

The American compressor “Chicago Pneumatic Tool”.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

The arch lock was made from stone.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

A lifting jack with a log.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

A strange, unknown construction.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Buried calotte.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

A radiator?

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

The mine in the street.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Sinking of the water level.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Radiators.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

The mine shaft. Pay attention to the crack in the wall that is indicated with arrows.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Concreting of the shaft.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Buntons are pressed by the mountain pressure.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Maybe it is the delivery of the rock to the top.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

The radiator installation.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

The arrangement of the mine. Workers ┬áhadn’t any safety equipment!

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

The building of a metal rabbet.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

An arch lock.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Examples of the oblong rock.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

A winch of a cage hoist.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Casings, falseworks and mine fittings.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

The mine striking.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Horizontal boring.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

Installing of mine fittings.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

A clamshell.

Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line

And this is the fragment from building of the second or third underground line.

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11 thoughts on “Construction of The First Moscow Underground Line”

    • Hardly. It looks like any other deep structure construction of the late nineteenth or twentith century. If you find pics of the construction of the Holland tunnel they are practically the same, only these guys didn’t have to worry about the East River coming crashing down on them.

      • Agreed – take a look at any of the massive construction projects done around the same time, anywhere. Regardless of where you’re from, people worked harder and were a lot tougher in those days than they are now. Thanks for another great series!

    • Radiators could have been for any number of things. Just a thought but compressor air is very hot and high humidity, so running it through there would make it dryer, cooler, and easier on the tools.

    • The radiators are possibly for controlling the temperature of the concrete.
      If the weather is cold, then poured concrete can crack as it cures. The radiators keep it warmer so it can cure more slowly and reach it’s full strength.

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