Ride the Retro Metro This Spring

Celebrating 140 years of public transport with vintage photos and a ride back in time

Prague’s public transit company has made headlines lately for lowering the price of its annual transport passes, expanding Metro line A four stops (completion set for April), and the launch, slated for May, of the Skoda-designed 15T ForCity, a futuristic-looking tram with air-conditioning and wi-fi.

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But as the company commemorates 140 years of operation in 2015, it’s also taking a look back, with a new website devoted to the history of public transport in Prague which began with the first horse-pulled tram in September 1875.

A number of unique events are scheduled to coincide with the anniversary throughout 2015, all of them offering a behind-the-scenes look at public transport in Prague.

The first of these, a midnight ride on an original 1970s Soviet-built metro car, takes place on March 7 and includes a pit stop for photo opps at the Vyšehrad metro platform. (Read more after the jump.)

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All photos courtesy of www.mhd140.cz unless otherwise noted.

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Petřín Hill funicular, 1891

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Electric train, Letná 1891

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Prague trams, 1897

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Last of the horse-drawn trams, 1905

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The first Prague bus operated between Pohořelec and Malá Strana, 1908

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In 1925, bus fare depended on distance traveled

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Trolley bus, Prague 1936

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Tram with “Driving on Right!” banner, 1939

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The original Soviet-built Prague metro wagon, circa 1970s/D.Zahradnicek

To reserve your place on the March 7 tour, visit www.prahatechnicka.cz. (Tours are given in Czech.)

March 28, will see the reopening of the MHD museum in Střešovice. Special poster exhibits are planned for various tram stops throughout the year, as is an April concert in a metro station to be announced.

Later in 2015 there will be an exhibition devoted to the trams of Europe and depot open house tours (September TBA) and a September 20 Prague tram parade. A special bus open house is planned for the historic Vršovice bus depot (June 6) followed by a bus parade on June 7.

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Visit www.mhd140.cz for the latest information on these events and more facts and photos on the history of public transport in Prague.


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