Moscow Central Circle puts up railway history posters and QR codes

Moscow Central Circle puts up railway history posters and QR codes
Passengers can study the history of stations and look at archival photos on the way.

Over 30 posters featuring information about the history of building the Moscow Encircle Railway and QR codes have appeared at Moscow Central Circle (MCC) stations. Posters with historical notes and archival photos have gone up at entrance halls, on platforms and in passages.

“While passengers are waiting for a train, they can see what the railway’s stations looked like almost 100 years ago. As for QR codes, they can download the information to their smartphones on the way and read about these stations and the construction of the Moscow Encircle Railway in more detail,” said Roman Latypov, First Deputy Head of the Moscow Metro for Strategic Development and Client Work.

To read a QR code, users must point their smartphone or tablet camera at the code and activate a special application. Then passengers will automatically be taken to the Know Moscow project web site, um.mos.ru, where they can see archival photos of halt platforms built in the early 20th century and contemporary MCC stations.  They can also read the historical background of the construction of stations and learn interesting facts. Free Wi-Fi is available on trains, so passengers can explore the history of the circle on the way.

For example, one can learn how the Kutuzovo (now Kutuzovskaya) station of the Moscow Encircle Railway got its name. It is located along the old Mozhaysk road by which Napoleon’s troops entered Moscow. The village of Fili was on the outskirts, where the famous military council was held during the Patriotic War of 1812. Photos show a small one-storey building with stove heating which housed the passenger hall, telegraph service and station master’s office. This is where the Kutuzovo railway station was in the past.

Sixteen railway stations built according to projects by leading architects of the time have survived from the early 20th century until today. In total, 86 objects have been taken under protection, including stations themselves, station houses, technical facilities and other buildings. During preparations to launch passenger traffic on the Moscow Central Circle, all contemporary transit hubs were moved away from the historical stations.

MCC service was launched in September 2016. Passengers can use 31 stations with 14 interchanges to the metro and six to commuter trains. From each station passengers can also change to buses, trolleybuses or trams. Over 70 million passengers have ridden the MCC trains since the railway opened. The history of the circle is also described in mos.ru’s special project section.