Sundbybergs centrum (Tub3, line 10)

Opened on 19 August 1985.

Sundbybergs centrum serves the downtown of Sundbyberg, a small municipality outside Stockholm that originally (in the 1870s) grew up around the railroad. It was Stockholm's first railroad suburb, and is traditionally a working-class town; for a long time, several factories in Sundbyberg provided an employment base for the residents. In recent years, though, the employment base has moved toward the service industries, with numerous consultancies established here. Such companies as Ericsson and Digital Equipment have offices in Sundbyberg.

Sundbyberg has the feel of a small town, with its own downtown district centered on Sturegatan, a block away from the railroad. But Sundbyberg is served by four and a half subway stations (Sundbybergs centrum, Duvbo, Rissne, Hallonbergen, and one of the exits from Näckrosen) and a commuter rail station. Not too typical for a town of about 35,000 people.



Sundbybergs centrum, artwork on track wall

(19 January 2002)
Artwork on the track wall at Sundbybergs centrum. For some reason, the artwork in the station tends toward the surreal. We'll see more and better examples of this later.



Sundbybergs centrum, signage

(19 January 2002)
The station name and direction signs on the northbound platform. I was very disappointed, on my return from a trip to North America in October 1999, to find that these signs had replaced the older signs using the "SL-grotesk" typeface I like so much. The same was true of some other stations on Tub3.



Sundbybergs centrum, north exit

(19 January 2002)
The north (geographical west) exit from Sundbybergs centrum. Notice the nose and mouth sculpted into the wall on the left.



Sundbybergs centrum, north end

(19 January 2002)
And appropriately enough, opposite the nose and mouth there's an ear. I guess if the one wall starts talking, the other wall needs to be able to listen.



Sundbybergs centrum, north escalator bank

(19 January 2002)
The escalator bank at the north exit. Note also the elevator on the right; as in a number of other stations on the tunnelbana, the elevator was installed on a diagonal. It was considered easier and cheaper to just enlarge the diagonal escalator shaft than to dig or blast a separate vertical shaft for the elevator.



Sundbybergs centrum, southbound platform

(19 January 2002)
A long view of the southbound platform, looking timetable south.



Sundbybergs centrum, partially disassembled artwork

(19 January 2002)
Another view of the artwork seen in the previous photo. It has been partially disassembled and removed for cleanup after being "bombed" with graffiti several times.



Sundbybergs centrum, mid-platform passage

(19 January 2002)
The passage between the platform faces, at the middle of the platform.



Sundbybergs centrum, track wall artwork

(19 January 2002)
Another piece of art on the track wall. See what I meant about surrealism?



Sundbybergs centrum, vending machine

(19 January 2002)
Perhaps a rather banal picture, but Connex has recently started installing these machines at a few key stations, and I think it's a great idea. Years ago, Pressbyrån, a chain of newsstands, had newsstands located on some platforms, but these started to disappear in the 1980s because they were considered fire hazards. Since then, there have been no facilities on the platforms for buying anything at all, until these machines started showing up this past fall.
A sign on them promises us that they're regularly emptied and the merchandise replaced.



Sundbybergs centrum, track wall artwork

(19 January 2002)
More rather surreal artwork on the track wall.



Sundbybergs centrum, artwork at south exit

(19 January 2002)
This artwork is on the wall that faces the south escalator bank.



Sundbybergs centrum, southbound train stopped

(19 January 2002)
Through the mid-platform passage, we see a southbound train of C20 (new) stock stopped at Sundbybergs centrum.



Sundbybergs centrum, southbound train departing

(19 January 2002)
The same train departing Sundbybergs centrum.



Sundbybergs centrum, southbound platform

(10 July 2002)
A view of the southbound platform.



Sundbybergs centrum, southbound train arriving

(10 July 2002)
A southbound train arriving at Sundbybergs centrum.

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