5 Nov 2013

Tbilisi Metro

A train enters the station

The arch creates a strong roof for the deep stations

Some stations still sport Soviet-era signage in Russian, such as Delisi


Delisi station

The front has been upgraded but the train is old

Redecorated in Georgian colours

The old traincar numbers are beautiful

Inside an empty late-night traincar


Inside Station Square

Waiting to board the next train in Station Square

Each stop has its own unique style

Escalators are often provided to save climbing hundreds of steps

The Metro can be entered through underground crosswalks such as these (English graffiti here can get quite silly!)

Usually with the "M" sign but sometimes missing

Or at ground-level entrances such as this

I've started a tumblr blog entitled "мы из будущего", or, "we are from the future" inspired by the name of the Soviet Russian television programme named as such (not the modern film). In it I post various photos and scans of items of interest from the USSR. Some of these will be shown on Philosophothought, but much won't make it this far. This accompanies my other tumblr blog X Over It (and similarly named youtube channel, still with only one video though) which is about typewriters and mostly duplicates information from Philosophothought.

Sent from my Olivetti Lettera 22

12 comments:

  1. I always love seeing the transport options in other countries. This is great!

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    1. Well, pick any of the 10 former-USSR cities that have a Metro and you will find something similar. :) (Although Saint Petersburg's would be much nicer than this, I know for sure!)

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  2. It is so refreshing to see wonderful mass transit. I wish we had similar in the US, but then it would be dirty, littered, and filled with ugly grafiti. It is amazing that everytime I see places like this in countries other than the USA nothing is filled with litter, poor overall maintenance and other deterioration. Those sure a beautiful trains and stations. Your photos are great.
    Thanks for sharing. I do not know Russian, but I will be visiting your other blog.

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    1. It's interesting how at least there isn't trash everywhere in the Metro. Because the entire country of Georgia is just filled with trash. There are piles of litter everywhere! But that's for another post. XD

      I also think that not all cities in the US would have a Metro that was littered and filled with graffiti, only some. Seattle at least, I think, would be kept cleaner and nicer by the people who'd use it.

      We are from the future is in English as well. :)

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    2. Please write about Ivanishvili and Saakashvili.

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  3. Great photos. Love the platforms.

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    1. More to come in the future on them if I have the time. :)

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  4. I'm enjoying very much your glimpses of this part of the world. Thanks for the photos and descriptions. I used your post as a jump start to try to get acquainted with the geography of Georgia and the surrounding countries, then on to Google Earth to fly from Tbilisi west over farmlands to the Black Sea. So thanks for the interesting morning!

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  5. The streets sound terrifying! The Metro stations look very clean despite your description.

    I was in the USSR way back in 1984 and was impressed with the Stalinist-Baroque Metro stations in Moscow (which double as bomb shelters).

    I just have to add that I love the Georgian alphabet.

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    1. Well, you know how sometimes a picture makes something look better because you can't pick out the small details you can in real life. I use that to my advantage when photographing typewriters, and it applies here too. XD They're not filthy or strewn with litter, just generally dirty in the dirt and grease sort of sense.

      I'm hoping to be able to get some photographs of more stations; there's a lot of variety in colour and style.

      Typically I'd want to learn at least the alphabet, but I have my Russian studies to focus on.

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  6. Have you ever seen any graffiti on the Tbilisi metro? Is it easy for someone to do it or it's secured?

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    1. I never noticed any, they were always clean and free of graffiti inside. You can't get down into the platforms unless if you've paid.

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