On 14 October 1977, Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus opened the very first metro route: Amsterdam Zuid-Oost - Weesperplein. Not everyone praised the arrival of the metro. Some of the invited guests, including representatives of political parties, were conspicuous by their absence. Some opponents entered using falsified invitations and one demonstrator threw bags of water color at the princess. There was also a large demonstration.
Despite all of the commotion, the princess was not unnerved and pressed a button to symbolically start two metro trains rolling. The Amsterdam metro was a fact!
On 10 October 1980, the Weesperplein-Amsterdam Central Station was opened. The Oostlijn as it was called was almost complete at this time. In 1982, the Reigersbos and Gein stations were added, which completed the route.
The first metro trains, called Zilvermeeuwen, were a part of the Amsterdam city landscape for a long time. Zilvermeeuwen have been replaced in the last few years and this will continue with the arrival of the new generation of metro train, the M5. Pilot test runs of the M5 are being carried out at this time.