Probing the edges of system late one night we found her, The One. That place in the system which sets itself apart from the rest. Like NYC's City Hall or Sydney's St James, this is Paris' jewel: An abandoned section of tunnel converted into an underground facility, including a tunnel packed with the fading red and green of vintage Sprague rolling stock waiting to be moved to a museum.

The main entrance to the complex, below the streets of snotty residents more than happy to call the cops on loiterers an...

Looking towards the entrance of the complex. Paris 2009.

True to Parisian form not only was the space enjoyed for what it was, it was enjoyed for what it could provide as a party venue. The dumbest possibility was embraced and using the power already provided a huge stereo system was hauled in for the sickest party of the year. A few hours after it all kicked off nosy residents in the street above reported swarms descending upon their swank little cul de sac. Four cops arrived and discovered 200+ people partying to deafening music in an abandoned metro tunnel full of old trains. Word raced through the crowd as the four bewildered police reached the edges of the mob. The gates to the live system were flung open and 1/3 fled via the live tracks, 1/3 managed to escape via a vent shaft and the rest well, they were just too damn blazed to give a fuck.

Who's popping loli in the bowels of the metro? Wouldn't you like to know. The driver's cabin of the train on the left co...

As the graffiti on the left train alludes to, at one stage these vintage Sprague Thompson carriages were destined for a ...

Mouth of the abandoned tunnel filled with vintage Sprague Thompson rolling stock. The red cars are first class, the gree...

A red and green worm of vintage Sprague Thompson rolling stock decaying in the old tunnels below paris, locked away from...

Naturally the RATP flipped and in the weeks following the locks were changed to virtually unpickable Abloy Disc-Lock Pros and the other entrances locked, plated and welded shut. Access had lasted only a month and with total lockdown the party was over. Finally the Sprague-Thompson's can rest in peace until the day they're cleaned up and given a real home.

Paris, 2009.

The connection to the live system, now locked, plated or welded shut. Paris 2009.

You can tell it's first class by the signs that say no smoking and spitting. They're very civilised the French. Vintage ...

Lockdown. Ventilation system, paris metro 2009.

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Found frigid and dying in the snow by a passing missionary at the abandoned Soviet airbase in Choir, Mongolia, little dsankt never had a chance. The Dreams Foundation granted his wish to one day travel the world, thinking he'd only last a month or so. To everyone's amazement he's still going strong. When asked for comment the foundation's treasurer would only say, "The little mongrel cunt just won't fucking die, it's costing us a fortune!"

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Gregg   2010-10-17 05:44
Nice read and photos. Were you one of the people who was just too damn blazed to give a fuck?
dsankt   2010-10-17 08:35
I'm not a smoker. That's a habit too dirty for me.
urbanity   2010-10-17 12:18
Just brilliant... Cop ratio of 1:50 and you took to the live tracks? That first picture - you just know it's gonna lead somewhere special. Presumably these were taken post-party?
dsankt   2010-10-17 13:54
Of course nobody knew how many cops had arrived so I can understand the reaction. These were taken pre party. After the party access didn't last too long, it was all locked down reasonably quickly.
snaps   2010-10-18 12:04
I bet you spooged hard when you found that place. It would be interesting to know more about the more modern car on the left - I wonder if it's a prototype and therefore worth the RATP 'saving'? I guess there was no sign of the legendary Z-train there?
Titoon   2011-05-01 03:04
In case you didn't see the reply before this server melted down, it's a prototype of the refurbished MF77, for line 13. Almost all of them have been completed (80% or close). You can still see the original ones on lines 7 and 8. New seats are so wide, looks like RATP anticipated some morphological changes among their customers in the coming years :)
SuspiciousMinds   2010-10-18 17:13
Swarms descending upon their swank little cul de sac. You're a master in words, dsankt!
dsankt   2010-10-19 19:09
Merci, j'ai mis ton link au-dessus.
dsankt   2010-10-21 08:17
The plot thickens, how far back do you think this goes. Chances are he watches you sleep. Good thing you recently relocated.
Ludwig   2010-10-21 09:14
Oups sorry. There's one report: video/x2nmc0_tags-la -guerre-souterraine- 1-4-by-r_music
yaz   2010-10-21 09:52
I bet you're glad you went to the shops while you did. peeeering through the eyelet of the dopescope.
dsankt   2010-10-21 19:14
I hooked up the modular version of the dopescope which merges voltron style with the illomoscope into a fucken illomodopescope. Love it.
cgr   2010-10-28 05:40
Loving the pics from the new camera, still hoping for some cheap film goodness every once in a while though...?
dsankt   2010-12-15 12:00
There will be film coming through never fear. These are quite old photos actually, taken with the 1ds.
AER   2010-11-28 21:34
Hey, if I remember well this party, some of us just got out of here walking the front door. In fact, I remember getting out of there, I was in front of a 30/40 persons group. When we found out the cops were only four, it was then too late to go back underground. A shame I lost my pictures of the place though.
dsankt   2010-12-15 12:00
That's shit to hear, it was a great party while it lasted.
AER   2010-12-16 14:46
Yeah, that was fun. Thanks hount btw.
James   2010-12-17 17:28
Just beautiful. Although since you go to the trouble of anonymising key details throughout your travelogues, you might want to blur the map in the second photograph. Took me about 45 seconds to find the location :')
dsankt   2010-12-17 18:21
Thanks for the heads-up. Unfortunately knowing the location is not enough since after the party the RATP went lockdown crazy on the location. New locks on all the doors and I recall the trackside entrance getting welded. Of course given the ferocity with which the cataphiles reclaim access to the catacombs, I expect the graffiti writers who know of the place will do similarly eventually (if they haven't already).
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shox pas cher   2012-02-09 09:30
J’avoue, la photo met plus en bouche :D (moi aussi je suis revenu tiens) tu devrais retoucher les anciennes avec plus de lumieres, etc ;) les couleurs jouent sur l’appétit !
Lexis   2012-03-24 14:29
When I had first arrived in Paris, I didn’t feel any different. I felt as if I was still in New York, except for the fact that everyone spoke French. But when we saw the Eiffel Tower that morning, it made me feel like I was really there, really in Paris. It wasn’t as beautiful as everyone had said, but it was definitely impressive.
Michiel Van Kets   2012-08-15 10:48
If i were to discover this place, it will be my secret place, taking lots of photos and show off to others. I will make them wonder where this place is. Unique and breathtaking scenes!
Agnes   2012-11-06 06:48
Your website is really cool and this is a great inspiring article.
Sharon Tosten   2013-03-16 01:37
woowwwww !! Really I have good feeling about the undergound museum. If tunnel moved to a museum it is Awesome!!! Thank for this post.
SittingMoose Shaman   2014-01-07 05:48
...frankly, I find it rather surprising that someone had actually ratted to the gendarme...about a party, of all things...being held in a subway is purely avantgarde...this IS Paris -fer cryin' out loud!
John Corral   2014-04-11 18:18
Wow, I'm really sad to see this happening. I've been wanting to go to Paris for a long time because of it's rich history. Sad to see it slowly getting destroyed.