By the end of the year, MCC stations will paste up information posters and QR-codes, through which passengers will be able to learn the history of the Smaller Moscow Belt Railway and to see archival photos of stations built in the early 20th century.
“Waiting for trains, passengers will be able to see what the stations looked like almost a hundred years ago,” Deputy Moscow Mayor and Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liksutov said. “Also, passengers will learn the history of the Smaller Moscow Belt Railway, which opened in 1908. In addition, the stations will have QR-codes, which passengers can scan with their smartphones to read about the railway.”
According to Liksutov, information posters with QR-codes about the history of the Smaller Moscow Belt Railway will appear at all stations.
To read a QR-code, you need to line up the camera on your smartphone or tablet with the code using a special app. The code contains an encrypted link to an internet page with historical information. All MCC trains have free wi-fi access, so you will be able to read about the MCC’s history when travelling.
Previously, in an interview with mos.ru, Head of the Department of Cultural Heritage Alexei Yemelyanov said that 16 SMBR stations designed by leading architects of the time have been preserved from the early 20th century. In total, 86 buildings and facilities have been protected, including railway stations, terminals, technical facilities and others. While preparing to launch passenger service on the MCC, the authorities managed to build the new and modern transport hubs quite far from the historical stations. According to Yemelyanov, the historical building of the Presnya station (the former station between Delovoi Tsentr and Shelepikha stations. — mos.ru), has been very well preserved. The station's wall clock made by the well-known Paul Buhre watch company and purchased in the early 20th century still works. Also of interest are Likhobory, Luzhniki, Kutuzovskaya and other stations.
Daily free excursions on the MCC will be held until the end of the year. They start at 11 am and 2 pm at the Delovoi Tsentr station. Pre-registration is required; to register, call +7 (495) 637-54-75 or visit the official MCC website on Mondays.