The Barcelona metro system celebrates its 90th anniversary

During the final trimester of 2014, the Barcelona metropolitan transport company has organised a series of activities to commemorate the inauguration of the city’s metro system in 1924

On the 30th of December, 1924, the Barcelona metro system opened its first four stations, linking the Plaça de Catalunya with Lesseps, a journey that now forms part of the Line 3 service and was originally known as Gran Metro. This year, then, the Barcelona metropolitan transport company, TMB, celebrates its 90-year history with a host of diverse activities.

First of all, a number of QR codes have been placed in the four original stations providing information on what the stations were like 90 years ago. Then there are the sporting activities: on the night of the 28th-29th of August a night-time race entitled Discovery Underground will take place inside the metro facilities between the Universitat and Gorg stations.

On a literary note, this year’s TMB Sant Jordi Short Story Competition included a new category entitled “It happened in TMB”. The winning six stories will be transferred audio-visual format and entered into the programme for Subtravelling, the International Festival of Short Films Made in the Metro.

And finally there is a series of conferences that will take place in the Espai Gaudí and the Jaume Fuster Library. These chats form part of the Setmana del Ferrocarril (Railway Week) and will focus on subjects such as metro technologies, projects prior to 1924 and metros of the future.

The Barcelona metro system has become a defining element in public transport and, as a result, in the history of the city and activities commemorating its 90 year history will take place throughout the final trimester of 2014. More information may be found here.

Publication date: Monday, 18 August 2014
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