|1 Sokolnicheskaya Line|
Ulitsa Podbelskogo (northeast)
|Opening||15 May 1935|
|Character||At-grade, underground, and elevated|
|Line length||26.1 kilometres (16.2 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,520 mm (4 ft 11 27⁄32 in)|
Sokolnicheskaya Line (Russian: Соко́льническая ли́ния, IPA: [səˈkolʲnʲit͡ɕɪskɐjə ˈlʲinʲɪjə]) (Line 1) is a line of the Moscow Metro. It opened in 1935 and is the oldest in the system. Currently the line has 19 stations and a length of 26.1 kilometres (16.2 mi).
As the line was the first formal one in the system, its history of development coincides with the history of the Moscow Metro's first stage altogether. In short it was to cut Moscow on a northeast-southwest axis beginning at the Sokolniki Park and continuing through the Three railway terminals and then past the city centre's main traffic junctions: Red gate junction, Kirovskaya, the Lubyanka and the Manege Squares. From there, a separate branch carried off into the Arbat and later Kiyevsky Rail Terminal, before it became in 1938 the distinct Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line and, later, the Filyovskaya Line (1958). The remaining part of the Frunzenskaya Branch went along the Kremlin's western wall past the Russian State Library and into the future site of the Palace of Soviets on the bank of the Moskva River and terminated near the infamous Gorky Park.
Although Moscow Metro prides itself on the best Stalinist Architecture and the earlier art deco attempts, the stations of the first stage are very far from those. The stations of the first stage instead have a very classical taste to them, which blends nicely with the atmosphere of the mid-1930s neo-classical taste. It is also true that the overall construction of these early stations allowed the palaces of 1940s and 1950s to evolve from these. Most of them are now officially listed as architectural heritage.
Further development was seen in the latter half of the 1950s during the construction of the Frunzensky radius. The line extended into the Khamovniki District in 1957 coming up to Luzhniki Stadium and then in 1959 reached the Moscow State University on the Sparrow Hills. This required crossing the Moskva river on a combined auto and Metro bridge including a station on it. However due to the necessity of reconstruction in 1984, the station was closed, and not reopened until 2002. The Frunzensky radius was completed in 1964 upon the last extension into the new bedroom raions (districts) along the Vernadsky Avenue of southwestern Moscow.
|Sokolniki – Park Kultury||15 May 1935||8.4 km|
|Park Kultury – Sportivnaya||1 May 1957||2.5 km|
|Sportivnaya – Universitet||1 December 1959||4.5 km|
|Universitet – Yugo-Zapadnaya||30 December 1963||4.5 km|
|Sokolniki – Preobrazhenskaya Ploschad||31 December 1965||2.5 km|
|Preobrazhenskaya Ploschad – Ulitsa Podbelskogo||3 August 1990||3.8 km|
|Vorobyovy Gory – after reconstruction||14 December 2002||N/A|
|Total||19 Stations||26.2 km|
|Krasniye Vorota||Krasniye Vorota||1935–1962|
|Chistye Prudy (Metro)||Kirovskaya||1935–1990|
|Okhotny Ryad||Okhotny Ryad||1935–1955|
|Imeni L.M. Kaganovicha||1955–1957|
|Park Kultury||Tsentralnyi Park Kultury i Otdykha Imeni Gorkogo||1935–1980|
|Vorobyovy Gory||Leninskie Gory||1957–2002|
|Zamoskvoretskaya Line||Okhotny Ryad|
|Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line||Biblioteka Imeni Lenina|
|Filyovskaya Line||Biblioteka Imeni Lenina|
|Koltsevaya Line||Komsomolskaya, Park Kultury|
|Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya Line||Chistye Prudy|
|Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line||Biblioteka Imeni Lenina|
|Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya Line||Chistye Prudy|
Two depots are assigned to the line, the Severnoye (No.1) and the Cherkizovo (No.13). Starting in 1997 both depots have been upgrading to the new 81-717.5M/714.5M trains (all factory fresh). Cherkizovo currently operates 22 seven-carriage trains of the type. Severonoe's upgrade was slower and presently 33 of its 36 seven-carriage trains are the new models, the rest being the old EF, EF1 and the Em-508 and Em-509.
Recent developments and future plans
Presently the line has the oldest structures in operation, and thus several renovations have been carried out systematically. Recent changes include a second entrance to Kropotkinskaya in 1998. Major lighting enhancements to Okhotny Ryad and Kropotkinskaya.
Extensions are planned at both ends of the line. In the south, two stations, Troparyovo and Rumyantsevo, are planned to be constructed. The works on these stations began in early 2012. Further extensions in the north are hampered by the position of Ulitsa Podbelskogo and Cherkizovskaya, which were built so they could become of a projected second ring line which has been in planning since the 1960s. As a result, Cherkizovskaya's tunnels have provisions for a second perpendicular station, that would allow the line to continue eastwards to the district of Golyanovo and meet the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line at Shchyolkovskaya. The northern extenstion, however, is quite distant, as Moscow Metro has much more important projects to complete prior to that.
- "Сокольническая линия". Moskovsky Metropoliten (in Russian). Retrieved 12 January 2012.
- Winchester, Clarence, ed. (1936), "Moscow's underground", Railway Wonders of the World, pp. 894–899 illustrated contemporary description of the Moscow underground
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