The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

In May, 15, 1935 the first trains began to operate in Moscow. They started from the depot “Severnoye” (“Northern”), the first depot of the Moscow metropolitan. It has been serving the metro passengers for 77 years already.

The big territory on Krasnoprudnaya street is the whole metro agglomeration: apart from the depot there are an escalator repair plant, a metro fire department, a motor depot, police department and some other services there.

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

“Nothern” depot serves the Sokolnicheskaya metro line. There are 32 main trains there and a single reserve train. 19 of them spend a night in the depot, 14 – on the line, right in the tunnels.

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

“Keep out of the train!”

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

But the main function of the depot is repair and technical maintenance of the trains.

The First Moscow Rail Depot

If some defect is revealed on the line it is emergency.

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

Wheelpair turning machine, while use wheelpairs often grind off unevenly.

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

Here the trains are washed once a week. Apart from water procedures they enter the purge chamber to remove dust and oil.

The First Moscow Rail Depot

While on the line the trains get current through the contact rail.

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

750 people work in the depot, 176 of them are operators, 500 are repairmen.

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The shop of elevating repair. 32-tonned cars are loaded on elevators for replacement of wheelpairs, traction engines, motor-compressors etc.

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

Track indicator with all trains. The thing is rare, the heritage of the USSR.

The First Moscow Rail Depot

Locotractors are used to carry the repairmen in the tunnels at night. There is a special service station for them in the depot.

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The last inspection done by the driver

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

Another rarity of the Soviet epoch – the rail marked with the name of Stalin and the date – 1934.

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

“Do not lean”

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

Passengers hardly think of how many people work in order they could go by metro.

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

The First Moscow Rail Depot

Location: Moscow

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