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StockholmSubwaystoRy #27 – T-Centralen Part 1

03.07.2016

We mark our 26th week in the Stockholm Subway stoRy by presenting you the main station of the city, T-Centralen! This is the only station in the whole network where you can find all three subway lines in Stockholm – red, green and blue.

The station is an important transport hub, being connected to the city’s biggest bus terminal – City Terminalen and to Stockholm’s main train station. On a normal day, more than 160.000 people use the subway from T-Centralen.

T-Centralen was opened in 1957 and renamed from “Centralen” in 1958 to avoid confusion with the train station. The “T” stands for tunnelbana which comes from the Swedish “subway”. Being such an important station in our stoRy, we will present to you T-Centralen in two separate posts. Today, we talk about the bottom floor, while next week you’ll find the stoRy behind the first floor of the main transport hub of the city.

The second part of T-Centarlen, as we will call the bottom floor, was opened in the autumn of 1975. The blue lines – T10, T11 pass through this part of the station and connect the central part of the city with the north-western districts of Stockholm.

This part of the station has one platform, which lays around 30 meters below the ground. The whole bottom cave is connected to the first part of T-Centralen through escalators and a pedestrian tunnel of 100 meters. The paintings placed in the tunnel leading to the fist floor where done by Ola Billgren, Jan Håfström, Olle Kåks and Ulla Wiggen, but they were replaced in 1984 with Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd’s enamel paintings.

The wall paintings in the second floor were done by Peter Olov Ultvedt and his work is a reference to the murals of provincial churches in Sweden. At the end of the escalators, there is an arch portraying the silhouettes of the workers who were active in the making of the station.

To see previous entries in our stoRy, take a look here and follow our blog every Sunday for a new station from the Swedish capital!

Text and photos: Ionut @ stoRy touRs

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