Vällingby (Tub1, line 19)

Vällingby underground station, originally opened (a temporary station) on 26 October 1952 (the permanent station was opened on 6 April 1954), was the focal point of the first suburb in Sweden planned to combine housing and workplaces with shopping and other services. The suburb became internationally famous after it was opened, and was the subject of so many study visits that multilingual hostesses were hired to welcome the study delegations and help them find their way around.

Vällingby centrum

(5 August 2001)
Here is a view of Vällingby centrum, where the shops and other services are located.

Entrance to Vällingby station

(5 August 2001)
The entrance to the tunnelbana. The neon sign spelling out "TUNNELBANA" is unique to this station, as far as I know. Note also that some of the signs have spikes on top to discourage birds from landing on them.

Turnstiles and exit gates at Vällingby

(5 August 2001)
Here is a view of the entrance turnstiles and exit gates at Vällingby. The staffed ticket booth is out of sight at the right. Note the reflection of the neon "TUNNELBANA" sign in the large advertising sign to the right (that was serendipity).

Vällinbgy, platforms

(5 August 2001)
A (rather dark, but that's how they look) view of the platforms at Vällingby. This is a three-track station; in this view, the far track is northbound (toward Hässelby strand), the center track is used for trains that are reversing or going in or out of service here, and the other track (unseen, behind us) is the southbound track (toward central Stockholm).

Vällingby, concrete trees

(5 August 2001)
A view in the other direction from the same position as the previous photo. This view shows the southbound track. You also see the concrete columns that were made to look like tree trunks.

Vällingby, north end of platform

(5 August 2001)
This view faces timetable north (toward Hässelby strand) from the extreme end of the southbound platform at Vällingby. The rightmost (southbound) track is a bit hard to see, but the left-hand (northbound) and center tracks are visible. Note also the "T-in-a-circle" sign; doesn't this seem like an odd place for such a sign?...

Vällingby, north entrance, from street

(5 August 2001)
That sign marks the north entrance to Vällingby, which is under and between the tracks. Here's a view of it from an adjacent street. The actual entrance is in this underpass, on the left-hand side.

Vällingby, north entrance

(5 August 2001)
Here's a photo of the entrance itself. (And that's me reflected in the glass at the left.)

Vällingby, north entrance, inside

(5 August 2001)
Inside the north entrance. I took this picture to illustrate two things: (1) how poorly maintained this interior is, which is really a shame, and (2) the technique used in Stockholm for unstaffed entrances: there is a ticket machine on the left, and the floor at the bottom of the stairway is tiled in a checkerboard pattern, indicating that this is a "virtual" ticket barrier (this is explained on the sign hanging over the stairway).

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