Gostinka-Nevsky, transitions

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The study of the transitions between metro stations Nevsky Prospekt and Gostiny Dvor will begin with the descent down the stairs. Let's say right away that there are no hermetic doors at all in these passages.

This staircase dives down from the middle of the station hall Gostiny Dvor, and almost always looks like this.

But we will specially arrive here around midnight on Monday night, and there will be fewer people. Interestingly, in the older photo (on the right), a contrasting yellow-black strip of low flow is stuck only in the middle of the stairs, and in the fresh photo (on the left) it is already the entire width of the cornice.

The flow of people here is directed in one direction. Two staircases on both sides converge into one chamber under the floor of the station hall.

And from here, the flow of penguin people is directed in two arms into the transition tube to the station Nevsky Prospekt.

If you catch a moment when there is no one in this part of the passage, and these are literally brief moments even at night, then you can film the sleeves of the corridor from both sides.

The passage tunnel itself is completely unsophisticated here. Although sometimes you can find wall advertising in it that is literally the entire length of the transition (photo on the right).

It is interesting how differently a tunnel with light and dark walls is perceived.

Here you can also make a comparison with archival footage - when the light was white in the transition, and at the station Nevsky Prospekt poisonous yellow.

An exceptionally visual comparison.

Here are three frames about colors. The left photo is a static white balance, white-LED lighting. The middle frame is the same, but the phone automatically adjusted the white balance at its discretion, trying to imitate the human eye. The right photo is an old version with poisonous yellow sodium lamps. I specifically shoot the subway with the same white balance, without adaptation, so that these nuances of color can be seen. However, each camera has different color settings anyway ;)

The Order of Lenin, which was awarded to the Leningrad Metro in 1971, does not change over the years. The layout of the exit from the transition directly throws this order into the eyes of those walking.

Well, at the end of the transition, in front of the turnstiles, there is a traditional staircase down.

Quite a steep staircase, I must say.

The photo on the left shows the view from the side hall, above which the staircase passes.

Let's rejoice once again at the contrast of color between white and poisonous yellow. Imagine, for 18 years the station Nevsky Prospekt was here with such a madhouse nuclear lighting.

Turnstiles here do not ask for passage fees and are intended only for the flow of people to be directed in one direction. Otherwise, the crush in the passage can not be avoided even at night.

Now let's go to the northern end of the station to go back to Gostiny Dvor.

There are as many as 8 small escalators, 4 on each side, 7 of them for ascent and one for descent.

The lamps here are interesting - holes in the ceiling with cornice lamps.

Three escalators, which go up to the left, lead to the exit Nevsky Prospekt-2. Technically, this is a separate exit, although it is a direct continuation of the station hall Gostiny Dvor. Here, the extreme escalator is always the only one that works on the descent.

Four escalators, which go up to the right, take us back to the station hall Gostiny Dvor. Here, the flow of people is also directed strictly in one direction.

If you go for a walk here, do it either early in the morning on a weekend, or by midnight. Otherwise, you will just be trampled here :)