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|Moscow metro auctions off vintage carriages|
A subway train stopping at the Mayakovskaya metro station in Moscow. The Moscow Metro said today it plans to purchase more than a hundred of its used subway cars for a price over nearly 8 million rubles (200,000 euros). AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV.
MOSCOW (AFP).- Moscow metro is set to auction off more than a hundred of its iconic blue carriages after updating its rolling stock, a spokesman told AFP on Thursday.
The 120 carriages will be sold in lots of three and the state-owned system hopes to raise a total of almost 8 million rubles ($255,221), said metro spokesman Alexei Manakov.
The blue carriages with a white stripe along the side could be ripped apart and used for scrap metal or be turned into temporary accommodation for construction workers, wrote Izvestia daily, citing a metro official.
More exotically, some could become museum exhibits or be used for spare parts for other metro systems in ex-Soviet countries that use the same type of carriages.
Moscow metro celebrated its 78th birthday this week.
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