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Munich subway

Munich Metro Museum

The Munich U-Bahn (German: U-Bahn München) is an electric rail rapid transit network in Munich, Germany. The system began operation in 1971, and is operated by the municipally owned Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft (MVG; Munich Transport Company). The network is integrated into the Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund (MVV; Munich Transport and Tariff Association) and interconnected with the Munich S-Bahn. The U-Bahn currently comprises eight lines, serving 96 stations (100 stations if four interchange stations with separate levels for different lines are counted twice), and encompassing 103.1 kilometres (64.1 mi) of routes.

Already in 1905 there were plans to build an underground metro in about the route of today's trunk line of the S-Bahn between the main and Ostbahnhof and a ring road that surrounds the old town. Since these plans for the then traffic were clearly oversized, they came back into oblivion. The tram network was able to cover the traffic flows in the former half-million city. From 1910, the only 450 m long, automated Munich subway metro connected the main station with the post office on Hopfenstraße. It served only for the transport of letter post. In 1928 there were again plans to replace the trams in Munich by a subway network, but any such plans for this were thwarted the global economic crisis. A network of five subway routes, which had some similarities with today's route distribution, was to be realized.

At the time of National Socialism, from 1936, a network of electric subterranean railways was planned for the "capital of the movement" and construction was begun, but the Second World War put an end to this. The tunnel of today's U6 between Sendlinger Tor and Goetheplatz - including the station there - were already completed in the shell, but still as part of a rapid-transit railway route.


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A total of about 25 historic trams, buses and working vehicles from different eras await interested visitors on more than 5,000 square meters. Billboards with photographs and texts provide information on manufacturers, technical data and "summaries of exhibits". In addition, various subject areas such as city history, traffic development, brief technical history, uniforms and accessories, signs and advertisements, signals, cars, tools and control center functions for buses and trams are clearly shown.

A small bistro area is available to visitors in the entrance area for refreshment after a tour of the museum. Interested parties will also receive a selection of fan articles and mementos such as car models, books, videos, and the like.

I was again on the road in Munich and drove a little through the subway with the camera on. This video shows some impressions of the train stations Max-Weber Platz, Odeonsplatz, Münchner Freiheit, Klinikum Großhadern and Nordfriedhof, as well as trips in the C1 and C2 series.