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The Moscow Monorail System 2005

The 29th March 2005 I was on my way home from Moscow to Denmark, but I luckily just had a few hours to see the new monorail system in Moscow - even tough it is hard to call one small line with 6 stations a system. I came at 16.05 that day, and the monorail actually closed at 16.00, but the last train was first 16.20 so I managed to try it. The full ride from the station on Sergey Eyzenshteyn's street (Улица Сергея Эйзенштейна) where the depot is situated to the end station at Timiryazevskaya (Тимирязевская) is around 15 minutes. The ride seemed extremely slow, but I have later heard that the system is still being tested so they it's not running at top speed. The price is 50 rubles (1,4 ), but pupils and students get a 50 % discount - and with many other things in Russia it is not valid for foreigners. Compared to the 13 (0,4 ) rubles you give for a ride with the metro it's rather expensive even by European standards. In my opinion they will have to keep that ticket price for a long time if they want normal average Russians to use the system for other purposes than sightseeing. The wealthy part of the population will as usually prefer the traffic jams of the roads.

To get in more detail with the system itself I can say that it's as almost all other monorail systems elevated up from the ground. The train is divided into small compartments for passengers without possibility of going from one compartment to the other. For me that seems rather strange in a time where most trains are being made without such divisions at all. One particular thing which staggered me a lot was the quite bumpy ride which I really didn't expect from a new designed system.

Enjoy the pictures!

The Ulitza Sergeya Eizenshteina station where the depot is situated not far away - to the right of this picture. As you can see there isn't many people waiting for the train.
The Ulitza Sergeya Eizenshteina station where the depot is situated not far away - to the right of this picture. As you can see there isn't many people waiting for the train.

View of the 75 meter tall ferries wheel at the former VDNH (????) exhibition center and behind that in the distance the 540 meter tall Ostankino TV tower. The picture is taken from the platform of the station on Sergey Eyzenshteyn's street.
View of the 75 meter tall ferries wheel at the former VDNH (ВДНХ) exhibition center and behind that in the distance the 540 meter tall Ostankino TV tower. The picture is taken from the platform of the station on Sergey Eyzenshteyn's street.


The train depot near the station on Sergey Eyzenshteyn's street.

A monorail train moving to the depot.
A monorail train moving to the depot.

The monorail train approaching the station on Sergey Eyzenshteyn's street.
The monorail train approaching the station on Sergey Eyzenshteyn's street.

The front of the monorail train with the cabin for the train engineer.
The front of the monorail train with the cabin for the train engineer.

View inside the passenger cabin - notice the LED-display showing the time and the next station.
View inside the passenger cabin - notice the LED-display showing the time and the next station.


A view of the monorail train from ground level at the Timiryazevskaya station.

You are of course free to use these pictures if you put my credits on or by them. All pictures where taken in high resolution, so mail me if you want them in print quality. 

 

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