A new theme train, Plekhanovets, has entered service on the Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line and is to operate there for the next six months. This is a joint project of the Moscow Metro and Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, which celebrates its 110th anniversary this year.
“The Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line was not chosen at random. Most of the university buildings are next to the Serpukhovskaya station on the line,” explained Alina Bisembayeva, Deputy Head of the Department for Transport and Road Infrastructure Development, during the ceremonial launch of the train.
The Plekhanovets train consists of eight carriages, each with its own design and name: Knowledge (Znaniya), Science (Nauka), Culture (Kultura), Health (Zdorovye), Authority (Vliyaniye), Accomplishment (Dostizheniya), Tradition (Traditsii), and Innovation (Innovatsii).
Plekhanov University is one of the oldest universities in Russia. The train interior features the most interesting events from the university’s 110 year history, one per year. For instance, metro passengers will learn that Vladimir Mayakovsky’s last public speech was given at the university. Another example is the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute, which grew out of the university’s amateur drama group.
To celebrate Plekhanov University’s 110th anniversary, on 21 March metro ticket offices sold branded Unified Travelcards for one or two rides. The metro has 600,000 of these cards.
The Plekhanovets train is the 25th theme train on the Moscow Metro. Unique designs also distinguish other operating theme trains, including Watercolour (Akvarel), Great Commanders (Velikiye polkovodtsy), Poetry in the Metro (Poeziya v metro), the 70th Victory Day anniversary (70 let Velikoy Pobede), the 80th Moscow Metro anniversary (80 let moskovskomu metro), Film Legends (Legendy kino) and others.