A night trip aboard one of the archaeological gems of Barcelona’s suburban commemorates the 90 years of the Transversal called Metro
The machines have the power to raise and some make it a habit: the historical and prosaic name M1-M6-M8 -could, why not call the Old Manolita, or something like that did again early Thursday -resurrect-, when he jumped onto the tracks to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the opening of the Metro Transversal, precursor of the current line 1 or red line, according to the denomination employing each. It is the custom that has: dusted herself and go strutting his gallantry each time the Metro celebrates the anniversary of something, show its former magnificence, its old mechanisms, their former way of moving; not in vain is considered the jewel of the historical collection of TMB, the only three cars left the Grand Metro-and that’s a name-: first, the very first line of the Barcelona suburb.
NINE METRO STATIONS
The line of Grand Metro connecting plazas Catalunya and Lesseps, inaugurated in 1924, and the Transversal Metropolitan Railway, or Transversal Metro simply that began operating two years later: there the origin of the metro network is Barcelona as it is organized today. That is, the rest came later. The Transversal, honored with this nostalgic journey, born of the need to facilitate transport visitors to the Universal Exhibition which was to take place in 1929, in Montjuïc, through an underground rail link between the southwest and northwest of the city. The first section was inaugurated on June 10, 1926 and consisted of nine stations: Bordeta, Mercat Nou, Sants, Hostafrancs, Espanya, Rocafort, Urgell, Universitat and Catalunya.
In this nostalgic trip there were three key characters. The first was Xavier Cardellach, responsible for the Triangle garages where time Ferroviari M1-M6-M8 passes; the guardian, so to speak: “We had to be coated with vinyl exterior parts for the issue of graffiti; apparently paint this train is considered the greatest trophy. ” The second was Xavier Hernandez, the motorcyclist, who nonconductive ( “when we talk about this train we talk about engines”), who learned of that once routinely drove these trains. The third was Antonio Garcia Bañón: the man who in tandem with the late Luis Bruguera was responsible for the restoration of the machine, in 1999. “I could spend hours talking about this train,” he says, and that says it all. Before retiring he worked 20 years as a maintenance technician on line 3.
‘Prohibited dropped on or off while running’ reads a notice inside the cars. ‘keep tickets for delivery to the exit’ says another. That does not change things. O yes: nowhere bizarre fines are mentioned.