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Pyongyang Underground

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by T.T Boy, Feb 18, 2005.

  1. T.T Boy

    T.T Boy Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 18, 2001 Messages: 21,803 Likes Received: 41
    everything ripped from www.pyongyangmetro.com The site is worth checking out if your into these kinds of things.

    Built to link secret underground military facilities, the Pyongyang Metro is nevertheless an important part of the transport infrastructure in the capital of North Korea (officially, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or DPRK). It includes secret government-only lines about which very little is known. Its station architecture is among the most attractive in the world. However, relatively little is known about the Metro outside the country, as few visitors are able to investigate the system. In recent years North Korea’s economic crisis has affected Metro operation, and service has apparently been reduced significantly. Yet in recent years replacement trains have been bought from Germany, and plans still exist to expand the system, particularly in the direction of other military command posts.



    The German Conection...

    berlin type GI

    In 1996-1997 the Pyongyang Metro authorities bought 120 former East German GI (“Gisela”) articulated double cars (in other words, 60 vehicles consisting of two joined carriages each) built at Hennigsdorf near Berlin between 1978 and 1982. The German trains have proved to be significantly more reliable than the Chinese models.

    old german trains

    repainted now running in pyongyang


    Above, an initial batch of 80 GI vehicles is loaded onto the ship “Gao Ling” (home port Guangzhou, China), at the Baltic Sea port of Wismar in mid-February 1997. These trains had left Berlin in December 1996; they arrived in Pyongyang on 6 April, and were fully unloaded by 10 April. A second load of 40 trains was loaded onto the “Leping Ling” by 23 March, and expected in Pyongyang three weeks later. Six more vehicles were sent to Wismar as spare-parts donors.


    The picture above shows the loading of a first shipment of 36 D trains that took place in Wismar from 26-31 March 1999 using the ship “Alter Ego” (home port: Limassol, Cyprus), which sailed for Pyongyang via the Arctic.

    Now it gets interesting...

    When I visited the system, the guides insisted that the trains were Korean-built. The train number is not carried over from Berlin, the livery is radically changed, and from what I could tell, every indication that the vehicles were not manufactured in North Korea has been removed (although traces can be seen of the BVG emblem, between the driver and first passenger doors). Needless to say, all the graffiti and scratched windows had disappeared.

    This, however, was what happened only to the trains shown to visitors. BBC journalist Richard Lister, in a 28 October 2000 article, reports the following:

    There is an antiquated public transport system with rattling electric trolley buses and, I discovered, a metro, with old East German trains complete with their original German graffiti.
    Subsequent visitor photographs show only a very few trains, such as numbers 860 and 865. Presumably only these vehicles have been repainted, for the purpose of “showcase” visits.


    Several journalists who were in Pyongyang for the meeting between Kim Jong Il and Madeleine Albright, and were able to walk around without their North Korean guides, reported finding the Metro system out of service and deserted; the trains were still covered in German graffiti.

    secret government lines

    Documents passed to Changchun Car Company, which built the original subway cars, indicate that Pyongyang has a substantial secret metro system for government use, similar to the one in Moscow, probably built at the same time as the two public lines. Construction details of the secret lines are unknown, but defector reports corroborate large-scale tunnel and underground construction in the city. At least one undocumented tunnel from Mansudae Palace to the airport north of the city is thought to exist, and may house a Metro line. The extent of the secret system can be guessed by the number of trains purchased from Changchun, more than twice the minimum number needed to run the public Metro system. Even allowing for spares, and extra capacity for more frequent service, the indications point to a system that may be larger than the two lines known to exist.


    So, are there still german panels running in north korea? I cant even fathom painting a train in berlin and have it get to north korea the most paranoid nation on earth and have it run. and whos gonna try and paint the secret lines?

    i tried to rehost the images, but they dont seem to be working to well. just click the links. hopefully it works.
  2. Frate_Raper

    Frate_Raper Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 20, 2000 Messages: 7,973 Likes Received: 168
    Thats very odd and cool........I think I have that djdan flick on my old pc some where ahahahah!
  3. casensitive4

    casensitive4 New Jack

    Joined: Sep 17, 2004 Messages: 92 Likes Received: 0
    i cant see shit and im too stubborn to register or whatever.. but i love asians.. LET ME SEE
  4. imported_b0b

    imported_b0b Guest

    That is mental. I would never have imagined there being runners in North Korea.
  5. Schnitzel

    Schnitzel Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jan 16, 2004 Messages: 8,822 Likes Received: 386
    That is one cool ass article and site! the ineternet really does dredge up some interesting things!
    Those writers gotta be stoked!
  6. stringfellow

    stringfellow Member

    Joined: Oct 25, 2003 Messages: 424 Likes Received: 0
    yeah thats mad, korea is one fucked up place, bolloks to ever painting there ud be shot on sight.
    i wonder if its on the banos list of systems??
  7. lepthebeard

    lepthebeard Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 26, 2003 Messages: 4,126 Likes Received: 26
    ...me no see...
    ...same same...
  8. Hermdog

    Hermdog Elite Member

    Joined: Nov 6, 2003 Messages: 4,504 Likes Received: 9
    I sense a closure very soon
  9. stringfellow

    stringfellow Member

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  10. Locofanclub

    Locofanclub Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 3, 2002 Messages: 5,228 Likes Received: 1
    Someone you know vaugely has painted there!!