One of the MCC’s Lastochka trains now offers information on the history of the MCC project. The carriages feature several dozen posters with photos, historical background materials and QR codes. Passengers will be able to learn how the MCC was built and can upload the designs of the original 16 historical stations using QR codes and compare them with modern photos of these historical buildings. The train with the newly decorated carriages has been launched in the run-up to the first anniversary of the MCC system.
“Posters with QR codes narrating the MCC’s history are also hanging in station entrances, underpasses and on platforms,” First Deputy Moscow Metro Chief for Strategic Development and Client Relations Roman Latypov noted. “This past June, we also opened a permanent historical exhibit in the entrance between the MCC’s Ploshchad Gagarina station and Leninsky Prospekt metro station,” he added.
The stations feature over 30 posters, each describing one of the 16 MCC stations and four railway bridges across the Moskva River.
Users must first download any mobile app capable of scanning QR codes at an app store for their devices’ operating systems. Then they need to point the smartphone or tablet camera at any QR code, and they will be able to access the “Know Moscow” website. Once there, they will see archive photos of stations dating to the early 20th century, as well as the modern MCC stations. MCC trains have free Wi-Fi allowing users to study the route’s history on the move.
QR codes in the Lastochka trains will tell passengers that the Smaller Moscow Belt Railway/Moscow Central Circle (SMBR/MCC) started in 1908, with trains leaving from the Serebryany Bor station. The building is located between Panfilova Street and Bolshoi Volokolamsky Proyezd in northern Moscow and it is still there. Metropolitan Vladimir of Moscow and Kolomna operated the first train from its Ov-1007 steam locomotive. Apart from carrying the first passengers, he blessed the new railway.
In addition to reading interesting facts on MCC station history, users can find out how the stations are used today. For example, Vorobyovy Gory station, near the southern exit of Sportivnaya metro station, housed the only cafe on this circuit. Passengers and railway employees used it until 1934 when passenger service ended. The station now houses the Transport Prosecutor’s Office. Passengers will also be able to upload photos and compare the modern building with its early 20thcentury look.
Designed by leading Russian architects in the early 20th century, the 16 original Belt Railway stations survived to this day. In all, 86 MCC buildings, including vintage stations, railway stations, and technical and auxiliary facilities have cultural landmark status. As the city prepared to reopen the MCC, the modern transit links/hubs were relocated as far as possible from the original Moscow Belt stations.
Today’s modern MCC service started on 10 September 2016. There are 31 stations with seamless connections to 14 metro stations and six commuter train platforms. They can also change for buses, trolleybuses and trams at every station. Almost 100 million passengers have used MCC trains since 10 September 2016. A mos.ru special project also provides insight into the route’s history.