Despite the fact that Brezhnev died in the end of 1982, the Dnepropetrovsk Metro became one of the most important construction sites of the country. But with the beginning of perestroika and the policy of “acceleration” the construction of the metro began gradually fading. Everybody started talking about the enormous complexity of the penetration into granite…
Pictured: one of the faces and all the charm of the Dnepropetrovsk granite geology.
At the same time one talked about insecurity of the future metro. These talks were no more than rumors, but some accidents did happen during that period.
Despite the failure of all construction plans, in the early 90’s it was decided to build mine shafts for the second section of the metro.
With the collapse of the Soviet Union building was stopped completely. Despite very high readiness of the object (about 90%), there was no money for its completion.
In early 1995 nobody believed that something would ever change. Thanks to the governor of the Dnepropetrovsk region who convinced the government to give money for the completion of the metro.
The plate says: 5 days left till the start.
The opening of the metro. The pictures are taken from the archives of the museum.
Symbolic keys to each station and the whole metro.
During all the following years money was given incidentally, from time to time. Despite the difficult situation, one of the stations and the 11th mine shaft were joined in August of 2008.
Joining is a happy and symbolic event but in Dnepropetrovsk all is different. Joy was overshadowed by regular delays in wages.
The current state of the construction of the metro. The red color indicates finished parts.
The construction of the second section is darkened by the absence of normal equipment.
The 11th mine shaft.
There are still no electric locomotives and carts are moved manually.
Pity there is no money even for such trifles as turnouts.
The Finnish rig.
Sad to realize that all problems may be solved in one way: stable funding.