Aban­doned metro sta­tions are the holy grail for urban under­ground explor­ers, dig­gers. Some of these sta­tions have been closed for decades and have not been explored at all, and have already become leg­ends. I sug­gest you make a jour­ney into the bow­els of ghost under­grounds and find out what secrets they keep in them­selves.
abandoned stations

There have already been sto­ries about aban­doned ghost towns and aban­doned light­hous­es on the pages of Life­Globe, let’s con­tin­ue this series with aban­doned metro sta­tions. All these sub­ways dif­fer from each oth­er in the long route, depth, cor­ri­dors, but each of them has one thing in com­mon — des­o­la­tion has long reigned here. Most of them are closed to pub­lic view, the tun­nels and entrances are walled up, and only the most advanced dig­gers know how to get here. Some sta­tions were used as sites for city exhi­bi­tions, and some are fraught with secrets and mys­ter­ies about the ancient trea­sures lost here. So let’s start in order

Aban­doned Lon­don Under­ground

There is no under­ground in the world that lies deep­er than Lon­don, pop­u­lar­ly known as TheTube. It is the old­est and sec­ond largest metro sys­tem in the world, after Shang­hai. There are about 40 aban­doned plat­forms here, one of the most famous, but almost unex­plored, is Ald­wych, which oper­at­ed from 1907 to 1994 and pro­tect­ed Lon­don­ers dur­ing the 1940 bomb­ings.
London underground

The entrance to the very depths of the sta­tion is sealed, because Eld­wich has been pre­served in the same form in which it was in the 40s. There are many labyrinths and pas­sages here — some of them were used until the sta­tion closed in 1994, some were closed to pas­sen­gers since 1917, and some nev­er opened at all. Some­where in the depths of its cor­ri­dors, Eld­wich flows smooth­ly into the next sta­tion, which will be dis­cussed in our selec­tion.

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Kingsway sta­tion in Lon­don

Until the 1950s, the Kingsway street­car line ran through sub­way tun­nels under the river­bank. Aban­doned for decades, the sta­tion is los­ing its traces in the depths of the plexus of tun­nels. Kingsway, like Eld­wich, is frozen in time
abandoned station

Not­ting Hill Gate Sta­tion

This metro sta­tion is active, but even such sta­tions have nooks and cran­nies hid­den from the eyes of pas­sen­gers. After the recent ren­o­va­tion of the sta­tion, a small ele­va­tor pas­sage was opened, dec­o­rat­ed with vin­tage posters adver­tis­ing films by Rita Hay­worth and David Niv­en. The pas­sage was closed over half a cen­tu­ry ago when esca­la­tors were built instead of ele­va­tors.
abandoned subway

vintage posters

Ghost sta­tions of the Paris Metro

The Paris Metro is beau­ti­ful­ly dec­o­rat­ed in Art Nou­veau style, not as big as the Lon­don metro, but has more sta­tions, about 300. Not sur­pris­ing­ly, there are some aban­doned ones among them, most of which were closed at the begin­ning of the Sec­ond World War, and nev­er again did­n’t open. But the Saint-Mar­tin sta­tion (below in the pho­to) was still used for a short time before sink­ing into obliv­ion. Now this sta­tion is the most pop­u­lar object of study for dig­gers after the Paris cat­a­combs, close­ly inter­twined with the city’s sew­er sys­tem. In our arti­cle, the Sew­er­age Muse­um in Paris, you can get to know the bow­els of the French cap­i­tals bet­ter, but we return back to the metro sta­tions
metro paris

In some cas­es, as with the Vic­tor Hugo and Porte de Ver­celles sta­tions, new plat­forms were built to accom­mo­date longer trains while the old ones were sim­ply aban­doned. The Gare du Nord sta­tion, aban­doned in 1942, has been reopened and stu­dent dri­vers train here.
paris subway

City Hall sta­tion in New York

The New York City Sub­way is the fifth busiest sys­tem in the world with 468 sta­tions, oper­at­ing 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Like Lon­don and Paris, there are many aban­doned sta­tions here, but none of them are as strik­ing as City Hall
abandoned station in new york

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This sta­tion was planned as the largest and most cen­tral part of the New York sub­way sys­tem, but in real­i­ty it turned out dif­fer­ent­ly. The beau­ti­ful, espe­cial­ly round­ed line of the sta­tion played a cru­el joke on it, mak­ing it finan­cial­ly unsuit­able. Because of this, the plat­form could not be length­ened, adapt­ed to the new gen­er­a­tion trains. As a result, City Hall sta­tion closed on Decem­ber 31, 1945, but is still part­ly used as a through line for train num­ber 6, so you still have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to see the city’s once most lux­u­ri­ous, and now the most famous aban­doned line of the city.
New York subway

Low­er Bay sub­way sta­tion in Toron­to

Opened in 1954, with four lines and 69 sta­tions, the Toron­to sub­way is not as big as the Paris, Lon­don and New York sub­ways. But even here there are sev­er­al aban­doned sta­tions. The most famous is the aban­doned sta­tion under the cur­rent Bay, known as the Low­er Bay. Opened in 1966, it was used for only 6 months. For­got­ten for 45 years, this sta­tion has been used to film films, the most famous of which is Joe Mnemon­ic. Cur­rent­ly, the entrance to it is bricked up, and sur­veil­lance cam­eras have been installed. Despite this, the sta­tion was opened to the pub­lic in 2007, 2008 and 2010.
metro toronto

Dun­geon Tours in Cleve­land, Ohio

There is also a sub­way sys­tem in Cleve­land, where falling demand for this mode of trans­port has led to the clo­sure of a num­ber of sta­tions. There are many tun­nels of the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry, cho­sen by explor­ers of the urban depths. The city author­i­ties found out about this, and began to orga­nize tourist tours in the dun­geon, which have already been vis­it­ed by sev­er­al thou­sand peo­ple.
abandoned Cleveland subway

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Abandoned villages and cities of the world

Cincin­nati sub­way sys­tem

The only city in the world where not just a few sta­tions are aban­doned, but the entire metro sys­tem. While oth­er cities are try­ing to devel­op this inex­pen­sive and envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly form of trans­porta­tion, Cincin­nati has a ready-made sub­way sys­tem of 4 sta­tions, which nev­er accept­ed pas­sen­gers. They start­ed to build a sub­way here at the begin­ning of the 20th cen­tu­ry, but the Great Depres­sion came, then World War II, and then the num­ber of cars began to grow. Numer­ous attempts to restore the metro sys­tem have come to noth­ing. But here they also con­duct tours for every­one — his­to­ri­ans, dig­gers and just vis­i­tors

Aban­doned sub­way Rochester, New York

Let’s go to New York again. Oper­at­ing from 1927 to 1956, the Rochester Under­ground was designed to ease traf­fic con­ges­tion in the city. But the idea failed, the towns­peo­ple mas­sive­ly pre­ferred a car to pub­lic trans­port. These tun­nels cost more than $1.2 mil­lion a year to main­tain, and the city final­ly decid­ed to bury some of them — work began in 2010, when it will be com­plet­ed is unknown. Per­son­al­ly, this place remind­ed me of the city of Cen­tralia in the USA, which became the pro­to­type of the city in the famous game Silent Hill
New York

There are aban­doned metro sta­tions in Moscow, for exam­ple, Voloko­lam­skaya sta­tion, or Sovet­skaya sta­tion, or Kaluzh­skaya. But there is very lit­tle reli­able infor­ma­tion about them, since access to the Moscow metro is care­ful­ly closed and most of the infor­ma­tion is clas­si­fied.