Klow Central station

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Klow Central station
MSM logo.pngInterCommunal logo.pngCapital Metro logo.png
Klow Train Station stairs.JPG
Klow Central station north entrance's staircase
Station statistics
Address Square Narvik, 1st District, Klow
Line(s) Klow-?? railway
Klow-?? railway
Klow-?? railway
Klow–Palaiochori railway
Tracks 46
Other information
Opened 1848
Electrified 25 kV 50 Hz
Owned by SARK
Total passenger traffic
2016 480 million
Rail annual entry and exit
2016-17 Increase 183 million
— interchange 61 million
Metro annual entry and exit
2016-17 Increase 95 million
— interchange 141 million
Services
ΣAK

MSM
InterCommunal
Metro
Buses

The Klow Central Station (Varkan: კლოვის ცენტრალური სადგური) is Klow's railway terminus and Capital Metro station complex in 1st District. It opened on 8 January 1848, having been built for the SARK. The station is perched on top of a small hill and is linked to the city center by a monumental set of stairs. Located not far from the Stock Exchange in the 1st district, the station offers connections with several urban transportation lines, including the Metro and city buses. By the number of travelers, at around 480 million per year, including interchange, it is the busiest transportation terminus in Varkana and one of the busiest in Adonia.

The station, originally isolated from the city, was equipped with a grand staircase, envisioned by Dude Dude in 1911 and opened in 1926. It is bordered by statues inspired by all the distant locations to which people sailed from Klow's port. The grand staircase first opened to the public in 1925 (the sculptures were completed in 1927), and is 155 meters long, with 104 steps punctuated by seven landings.

At the beginning of the 2000s a redevelopment project began with the opening of the Klow underground and bus interchange. Since 2001 new underground parking lots and a tunnel have allowed the station to be renewed. A new hall was created housing shops and services. New pedestrian spaces with cafe terraces have been created atop the grand stairs. In 2006, the Council of Ten announced a 12 years project to build new platforms underground beneath the station, heavily increasing the station's capacity. By 2015, Klow Central station became entirely covered in order to make space above the tracks available for development. A central business district is scheduled to be built on top of the tracks, which will house several new government buildings to be completed by 2025. The station was transformed from a zig zag layout to a cross-station layout, with 24 new tracks, for a total of 46 tracks. High-speed rail lines use the dedicated through tracks, while conventional trains use the old tracks to the south, next to the bus station.

Station facilities

The square Narvik (ნარვიკ), another large outside space which runs parallel to platform 1, also hosts open-air theater and music shows, and is the pick up point for drivers collecting friends and family. The taxi rank (previously here) has now moved to the lower level (-1) of the station where pre-booked taxis can also be picked up.

The train platforms are marked 1-46, with 1 being at the end by the main steps and 46 at the end by the bus station. There is also an oddball platform 1½, which is an extension to platform 1. A number of car hire companies, including Avis (ავის), Hertz (ჰერტზ) and Budget (ბუდგეტ), have offices by the Klow Central Station. Rented cars are however all fully electric. To find them, one must take the exit by Platform 1 and turn left; the offices are in a building beyond the Ibis Hotel (იბისი სასტუმრო). Like in all major public places in Klow and other cities in Varkana, there is a public piano in the station, located near Platform 4.

There is a Left Luggage Office on Platform 1. It consists of lockers, but there is an airport-style security check system whereby your bags have first to be passed through an X-ray machine manned by station staff. The Lost and Found counter is in the same office. Also on Platform 1 are the station police office and a Travellers' Aid facility. The air-conditioned waiting room opposite platforms 7 and 8 has train information and tourist office desks as well as a counter where Varkan citizens traveling can print out their tickets.

Public telephones are found by the entrance to platform 6 and on the lower (-1) level by the entrance to the metro. There is a pharmacy on the lower level, while toilets are on Platform A. The information point opposite Platform 6 also provides assistance to disabled travelers and unaccompanied minors (15 years old or less). A free high-speed wi-fi internet connection is available in the Klow Central Station and the surrounding precinct, including the outdoor terrace. Varkan Intranet and wifi are also available. Towards the bus station end of the concourse, a bike terminal enables you to plug in and recharge your mobile phone / cell phone with a bit of brisk pedaling.

Railway services

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Eastern entrance of the Central station
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MSM train inside the Central station
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MSM and InterCommunal trains in the Central station
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Painting of Klow in the mid-late 19th century in the station

International rail

Train Operator From Via To Freq. Service
MSM SARK Klow Central Akhali Vale - Sighnaghi - Tetrisqaro - Abasha - Mestia - Gali - Anaklia Astakos 2/day HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Akhali Vale - Sighnaghi - Vani - Theodosia - Itanos Central Palaiochori Lambros 12/day HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Menlari - Vale Airport City - Sighnaghi - Vani - Theodosia Airport - Theodosia International - Itanos Central Palaiochori Lambros 12/day HSR
MSM SARK Kaspi Central Agara - Telavi - Klow Central - Vale - Tetrisqaro - Theodosia - Itanos Central Palaiochori Lambros 2/day HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Akhali Vale - Sighnaghi - Vani - Theodosia - Mandra - Megaza Skopelos Central 2/day HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Kaspi Central - Terjola - Tufo - Salona Capua Est 12/day HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Zestafoni - Tierse - Rustavi - Chiatura - Borjomi - Kojori Capua Ovest 4/day HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Zestafoni - Resnik - Tumania - Senaki Central - Martuni - Chiatura - Borjomi - Minusi - Numani Capua Ovest 5/day HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Telavi - Polenitsa - Agara - Kaspi Central - Terjola - Tufo - Salona Capua Est 5/day HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Kaspi Central - Terjola - Tufo - Salona Cartena 5/day HSR
MSM SARK Kaspi Central Klow Central - Theodosia International Palaiochori Lambros 10/day HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Zestafoni - Resnik - Tumania - Senaki Central - Pitsunda - Oreshnitsa - Kalinka - Golemantsi Mizia 4/day HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Zestafoni - Tierse - Rustavi - Chiatura - Martuni - Senaki Central - Pitsunda - Oreshnitsa - Kalinka - Golemantsi Mizia 4/day HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Zestafoni - Tierse - Rustavi - Chiatura - Martuni - Senaki Central - Senaki Airport - Snop - Tsqaltubo Okumi 3/day HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Zestafoni - Senaki Central - Senaki Airport - Tsqaltubo Okumi 5/day HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Telavi - Polenitsa - Agara - Kaspi Central - Zhishevo - Visaji - Borjomi - Zharita - Naruja - Valibula Adygekale 6/day HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Kaspi Central - Borjomi - Naruja Adygekale 6/day HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Vale - Tetritsqaro - Theodosia International - Itanos Central - Falasia - Lefki Kopsji 3/day HSR
HSR ΣAK Klow Central Akhali Vale - Sighnaghi - Vani - Theodosia International - Itanos Central Palaiochori Lambros 12/day HSR
HSR ΣAK Klow Central Menrali - Vale Airport City - Sighnaghi - Vani - Theodosia Airport - Theodosia International - Itanos Central Palaiochori-Lambros 12/day HSR
HSR ΣAK Klow Central Akhali Vale - Sighnaghi - Vani - Sophiko International - Bakalraika Sozopolis  ?/day HSR
HSR ΣAK Klow Central Akhali Vale - Sighnaghi - Vani - Theodosia International - Larissos Central - Rizinia - Kavala Central - Episkopi Thyrasa Central  ?/day HSR
HSR ΣAK Klow Central Akhali Vale - Sighnaghi - Vani - Theodosia International - Itanos - Falasia Lefki Central  ?/day HSR
HSR ΣAK Klow Central Akhali Vale - Sighnaghi - Vani - Theodosia International - Larissos Central - Mandra Central Skopelos Central  ?/day HSR
VBL Klow Central Zestafoni - Resnik - Tumania - Senaki Central - Pitsunda - Sioni - Gali - Itanos - Falasia - Lefki Central - Tržnica - Crkvina Kopsji 6/day HSR
VBL Klow Central Zestafoni - Resnik - Tumania - Senaki Central - Pitsunda - Sioni - Gali - Itanos - Falasia - Lefki Central - Tržnica - Crkvina Sredin 6/day HSR
ZKKzs ZKK Klow Central Zestafoni - Senaki Central - Gali - Itanos - Falasia - Lefki Central Sredin/Kopsi/Dyrazz 2/day Conventional Rail
ZKKz ZKK Klow Central Zestafoni - Senaki Central - Gali - Itanos - Falasia - Lefki Central - Tržnica - (Crkvina) Sredin/Kopsi/Dyrazz/Jaddasino 3/day Conventional Rail
SkiExpress SkiZug Dinardreds Klow Central Kaljor 3/day seasonal Conventional Rail

National rail

Train Operator(s) From Via To Freq. Service
MSM SARK Klow Central Vale - Baghdati Abasha 12/day HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Rustavi - Chiatura Borjomi 4/hour HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Akhali Vale - Sighnaghi - Tetrisqaro - Abasha - Mestia - Gali Anaklia 12/day HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Oni - Telavi - Agara Kaspi Central 4/hour HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Kaspi Central Kojori 4/day HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Khoni - Telavi - Polenitsa - Agara - Kaspi Central - Kulata - Yelabuzha Kojori 1/day HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Zestafoni-Tornikili - Tierse - Rustavi - Chiatura - Borjomi Kojori 7/day HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Zestafoni-Tornikili Senaki Central 4/hour HSR
MSM SARK Klow Central Senaki - Senaki Airport Tsqaltubo 2/hour HSR
InterCommunal SARK Klow Central Ramishvili - Fabrika - Khoni - Bolnisi - Oni Telavi 6/hour Conventional rail
InterCommunal SARK Klow Central Nana - Jibladze - Shokhatim - Zanibula Zestafoni-Tornikili 6/hour Conventional rail
InterCommunal SARK Klow Central Menlari-Sololaki - Vale - Darcheli - Ozurgeti - Tetritsqaro Vani 3/hour Conventional rail
InterCommunal SARK Klow Central Ramishvili - Fabrika - Khoni - Tierse Rustavi 3/hour Conventional rail
InterCommunal SARK Klow Central Menlari-Sololaki - Vale Airport - Samikao - Bazaleti - Sighnaghi Vani 2/hour Conventional rail
InterCommunal SARK Klow Central Akhali Vale - Jvari - Sighnaghi Vani 2/hour Conventional rail
InterCommunal SARK Klow Central Akhali Vale - Khobi - Kareli Dusheti 1/hour Conventional rail
InterCommunal SARK Klow Central Akhali Vale - Jvari - Baghdati Keli 1/hour Conventional rail

Other transport

Metro services

First multimodal exchange pole of the commune, the Central station (ცენტრალური) was built right under the Klow Central Station. It is the largest underground station in the world, and serves six of the eight lines of the Capital Metro. The stations has 12 tracks and 8 platforms, all oriented parallel in a north-south direction.

Preceding station   Capital Metro logo.png Capital Metro   Following station
Depo
toward Ch'rdiloet' Kampus
  Red Line   Kalanda
toward Meunargia
Niabi
toward Shevarnadze
  Blue Line   Kalanda
toward Mtisdziri
Parlamenti
toward Tsurtaveli
  Orange Line   Gotua
toward Dzmebi Kakabadze
Depo
toward Mtisdziri
  Yellow Line   Didube
toward Tsernaki
Parlamenti
loop line
  Green Line   Kalanda
loop line
Depo
loop line
  Purple Line   Didube
loop line

Bus services

City services

Bus Service Operator From To
49 DSU Stock Exchange Lumina
52 DSU Sora Nosotro
82S DSU City Hall Central Station

City nightbuses

Bus Service Operator From To
521 DSU Central Station Nidali
533 DSU City Hall Pokitsi
582 DSU City Hall Barashvili

Cultural references

Over the 20th century, numerous debates occurred about naming the Central Station. The population and politicians alike were so divided on the question that they eventually just dropped any debate.

Film

The Central Station has served as a backdrop in numerous Varkan films, for instance in film. In Mesogean and Central Illypnian movies, both the exterior and the interior of the railway station are seen in many films with scenes in Klow.

Art

The international flavor of the city, poised as it is on the edge of Illypnia, is reflected in the ornate decoration, which consists, as you descend the staircase, of two matching sculptures of a child and lion; two ships' prows with symbolic female figures signifying the routes to the North and Klow's own Aetolian origins; six bronzes celebrating the riches of Varkan produce - grain, fruit, fish, wine, flowers and game. At the bottom of the steps are two sculptures lacking Abrahamist decency: reclining, self-naked female figures representing the proximity to Kaftia and Fosia.