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North Korean Rapid Transit Page & Propaganda Posters from  the North Korean Central News Agency

Pyongyang Metro System

 

Pyongyang, the North Korean Capitol is one of the quietest cities on the planet, due to the near total absence of automobiles. Pyongyang’s public system consists of a light Rail System, Trolley - buses, and two subway lines.

"The subway stations are extremely deep, modeled on the Moscow system. With their triple blast doors, they are designed to be used as bomb shelters. The stations are true showplaces, with art work and rousing names like “Reconstruction” and “Victory.””

Above Paragraph From: 
Letter from Pyongyang | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

 

North Korean SUV?
Photo courtesy Thomas St. John

European Built Trolley Running on Pyongyang' Light Rail System

  Pyongyang's original trolley system was built under Japanese occupation, It opened May 20th 1923.  Pyongyang's original tramway closed during the Korean War. Trolley / Light Rail service returned to the city on Kim Il Sung’s 79th birthday in 1991.  The system uses a variety of European Cars

North Korea's Indigenous (Scratch Built) Trolley-Bus

  "The bodies of trolley buses were made manually since, apparently, at the Pyongyang trolley bus factory there were no hydraulic presses large enough. The necessary shaping of sheet metal was achieved by hammering, and thus the surface was covered with dents and holes. Electricity wiring was tacked to trolley bus ceiling were extended directly on the ceiling while its plywood plates often hung and flapped above passengers' heads. It should be said, however, that the backward technologies were partly compensated for by diligent and persistent labor. For example, these badly made trolley buses were kept spotlessly clean"

By Andrei Lankov in PYONGYANG AND ITS PEOPLE (NOTES OF A SOVIET STUDENT)

Supposedly, for every 50,000 kilometers it travels, a bus in Pyongyang has a red star painted on its side. Some buses are completely covered with red stars (although I don't see any Red Stars on this one).

   

N.K. Rapid Transit & N. Korean Culture Links

 

 
Propaganda Posters Recently Released by The North Korean Central News Agency (below)

Other North Korea Related Links

 

Unlike other Asian countries, North Korea eschewed bicycles for decades. Only recently have they been allowed, and only now are they beginning to become a major mode of transportation. Most people walk or wait for public transit.

above paraphrased from: 
Letter from Pyongyang | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

 

 

 





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