The Paris Metro and the service it provides are deeply intertwined into the fabric of the city. As the 4.5 million passengers who ride it every day will probably attest it's the quickest way around whether it's for work, for play or both. The metro's distinctive art-nouveau style is unmistakable and the plant like green wrought iron entrances topped with the orange orbs and Metropolitan signage designed by Hector Guimard which sprout up all over the city lead one down to the gleaming white tiled platforms to be whisked away around Paris. On my first trip to Paris I arrived into Gare du Nord and entered the dense maze that is the metro. Despite the crowds, the noise and the distinct odour of piss, I was in love. The kind of love which inspires one to risk life, limb and deportation to get up close and personal.

Ubiquitous
Running the lines super light without a tripod - just a camera and 2 lenses in a little metrosexual manbag. It's a cred ...


The History
On 20 April 1896 the project to construct an underground transportation system for the city of Paris began. Four short years later the Compagnie du chemin de fer métropolitain de Paris (CMP) opened their first line, running east-west from Porte Maillot–Porte de Vincennes. Not long after that the CMP was joined by the Société du chemin de fer électrique souterrain Nord-Sud de Paris (Nord-Sud) and between the two companies almost all of the 10 lines first planned for Paris were built by 1920. Initially these lines served only the city of Paris (the snobby residents even went to far as to ensure the metro ran right hand side, to guarantee non-interoperability with the left hand side system in the suburbs) but in the 30's - 50's the suburbs were finally connected. Today Paris' metro is still growing and changing through constant renovations, line extensions and the conversion of lines to run driverless robotrains like those of line 14.

On a more recent note however, sometime in October 2007 a few hours after midnight and before the first trains rolled into regular service, qx and I took our first timid steps onto the tracks of the Paris metro. With more nervousness and care than I'd like to admit we gingerly stepped down between the metal rails just off the end of a platform wondering what madness had possessed us to do so. We'd never done Metro like this before and this scary new world was full of elements we didn't understand at all. Looking at every rail critically working out which carried the power, asking ourselves so many questions: how far could the electricity arc, would that even happen, could the cameras on the platform see us, did security wait in the tunnels after hours, were there any trains after service, if so how fast did they go, did anyone live in the tunnels, would we encounter writers? We'd heard lots of stories about RATP security forgoing the usual legal punishments and simply beating up those found in the tunnels and kicking them out onto the street. We weren't packing paint but would that really make a difference?

Sweep
Picturesque section of metro on Line 4.


We took a few careful paces into the tunnel then hastily retreated to the safety of our discreet entrance and back up the ladders up to street level. Our initial forays were short and clearly we had no fucking idea what we were doing but that taste was like a dirty needle in the arm of pure adventure crack. We were hooked and craved it constantly like two dirty fiends.

Over the next few years we were enslaved like only those who grew up in a city deprived of metro could be. Week in week our we hit the tunnels, scouring our maps and coming up in the early hours smeared from head to toe in that thick black dust which never fully washes from your clothes. I would wake the morning after with that distinctive smell still hovering in my nostrils, for imbued was it into the fabric of all my clothes, my sheets and my hair. The thick slabs of scunge under our fingernails was like a badge of honour, the black tinge in the folds between thumb and index finger which never faded a symbol of dedication. The symptoms pervaded our appearance, our speech and our dreams. To us the system was an open slate ripe with possibilities. We could only oblige by beginning to dismantle it piece by piece.

The ghost stations

Before developing a deeper appreciation of the system we were drawn to the abandoned stations. Some of these seem totally abandoned and haven't been reappropriated for other uses, some have become RATP storage and others, even more rare, were never even open to the public. With time we would conquer them all.

Arsenal, Champ de Mars

The stations Arsenal and Champ de Mars are the easiest to visit as they can be reached from the topside so they're as good a place to begin as any. While situated at opposite sides of the city these two stations share a similar story. They were closed on the same day, 2nd September 1939, when the metro employees were recruited to join the war effort. After the conclusion of the war they were never reopened for general service as they're simply so close to other stations. The paris metro is one of the most dense in the world with an average distance between stations of ~500m.

f2
qx, vevlia, paris, metro, arsenal. What a mix.

Outbound
Leaving Arsenal with qx and Marshall, following the breeze.


Following these the next craving one might satiate comes in the form of those abandoned stations which require one to partake in the third rail steeplechase commonly referred to as running the tunnels. Obviously one could choose to walk instead of run but unless you're doing this well after service the luxury of a leisurely stroll is not on offer. Whilst the alcoves spread evenly along the tunnel are reasonable concealment they're not foolproof and you're not invisible to the drivers so do yourself a favour and minimise their use. Pack your running shoes and get ready to duck under signal boxes, leap over the points and generally deal with all the problems that come with running over an unforgiving mess of wooden sleepers, metal points, rocky ballast and tangled cables.

save-game
At times like these your life comes to a head and you might wonder what the fuck did I do to end up here, huddled into a...


Good form is to, as the train passes by, launch oneself from the alcove down the half meter wide gap between the third rail and the tunnel wall. This isn't the olympics so nobody expects gazelle like speed and grace, the uneven rocky metro ballast will see to that. Ideally the front runner watches ahead for trains, the last watches behind and if you've a third they can count how long you've been running for. It's also prudent to watch for electrical boxes and the like protruding from the walls which require one to duck and weave while still avoid the third rail beside your knee. Knocking oneself unconscious, falling on the juicer and being pulped will crimp your day. Faites attention! With each alcove assess the situation, consider how far it is to the next (if you're lucky enough to see the damn thing) and decide whether to stop and wait or cast those fucking dice again and keep running.

Not-so-hasty-retreat
Shortly after fleeing workers in Molitor Station, Paris Metro.


Croix-Rouge

Croix-Rouge (Red Cross) station was the original terminus for line 10 which operated for only 16 years before it, like the two aforementioned stations, closed in 1939 for the war. Similarly it was never opened again for public use. Like Arsenal, Champ de Mars and Saint Martin, Croix-Rouge can be seen from the windows of the passing train as it lies on regular service track. Using this as a guide we judged the distance we'd need to run to get the station and thinking it wasn't too far I invited my gf along for a look. She cautiously accepted which to her misfortune was totally validated when we discovered the distance was far greater than estimated. I doubt I'll ever be totally forgiven.

Croix
Croix Rouge station sees plenty of traffic. No easy surface access, you want this one you're running the tunnels whether...

For-the-count
Doesn't count unless you have a photo of the sign ya know, chalk up another.

Red-Cross
Hit the baconifier, they'll save you. I promise. Croix Rouge stations, abandoned paris metro.



Saint Martin

Of Paris' abandoned stations Saint Martin is the largest and the most well known. It's the only abandoned station to be dual layer and to have two different lines running through it - 8 and 9. In addition to its size Saint Martin is well known for the 1940's advertisements it contains.

source - pridian.net


"Both these photos are of advertisements circa 1948, which have never been seen by the public. Note that there is no graffiti, in Paris that means one of two things: they are in a very public place and surrounded in security cameras... or they are very hard to access. In this case, they are very hard to get to...

After the war the metro advertising business was in bad shape, so during the stations brief reopening it was decided that the station would be used as a showcase for what companies could buy in the way of public advertising in the cities metro. However, the station closed soon after and the ads were never used for their intended purpose.

Both these ads are for real products, and I believe "Maizena" (a brand of corn flour) is still in production. These are examples of semi permanent type ads for which a company would pay an annual fee. They are made of hand painted ceramic tiles, which explains why they appear in such good condition after 50 years."
- courtesy of Pridian.net

Saint-Martin
Off the end of the ghost platforms of Saint Martin station. This is the largest non-passenger station in the system whic...


The stations never used

Following the entry level stations above one might begin to seek more exclusive fruits and rightfully so. Both the stations Haxo and Molitor are a different breed altogether to those mentioned above because they were never finished, never connected to the surface and never open to the public. Adding these to the haul takes a different approach as both Haxo and Molitor lie on sections of track not used by the general service. As such there's no option to peer out the window of a passing train to even catch a glimpse of what's in store if you're lucky enough to reach them. Further both lie on sections of track commonly used for storing trains. Anywhere the RATP stores trains is guaranteed is bring adventure.

Bienvenue
Now there's white chalky dust all over your black clothes you're at the doorstep of my favourite abandoned station of th...


Haxo

The abandoned station at Haxo is barely a station at all, in fact only one platform was built and only part of the platform is adorned with those gleaming white tiles which Paris known for. The station is however, plastered end to end in graffiti. In compensation for the station being so empty the journey to Haxo by foot is a risky, and therefore exciting, undertaking. The Voie Navette to the south is home to layed up trains, workers and security guards with dogs; and to the north is an awkwardly positioned station which has recently claimed the metro-bust virginity of three friends.



Molitor

Lastly there is Molitor, hardest of the abandoned stations and my favourite. We'd never heard of anyone exploring Molitor and a Google image search turns up some RATP tour photos and little else. According to Magic Paris by Jean-Christophe Patat "The legend even says that you can climb down the lycee's (high school's) main stair to the station". This legend is indeed a legend, as having dodged the cameras and the alarms and actually seen Molitor with our own eyes there no alternative to the hard way. If you want this one, you need to work for it. Molitor has an island platform with an arched roof of gleaming white tiles. Unfortunately there's no signage but this is offset by the trains. Lots of trains. Leading south away from the station is the Voie Murat which was packed with probably another dozen - along with more cameras, more alarms and more adventure.

Molitor
Ah Molitor, the most fun station in the paris metro. Almost no graffiti and guaranteed excitement every single time. Plu...

Hount
A two-pronged dong barrier defence system, the failures of which should be clear. Naturally if one were in a real hurry ...


Raccord Tunnels

In addition to the stations listed above the system is full of raccords, or linking tunnels, which span between lines to enable easy movement of the rolling stock. In our travels though they seemed to be mainly used for work trains traversing the system and for storing trains after service. The raccords are extremely convenient, as like the trains, one can lay up there for a while and wait for the system to close, or simply avoid the busiest stations by working from line to line. As an added bonus they're excellent chill out spots for listening to trains moving through the major tunnels, passing every few minutes in peak hour then at increasing intervals as the service winds down. It's worth noting not to get too comfortable though, lest a lumbering work train interrupt your nap. When those lumbering diesel beasts roll past at 5km/h, covered in workers, you'll be sweating.

Raccord-Line-7

Sodome-Raccord
Raccord on ligne 6, paris Metro... again.

sans-moi
So empty. We can only imagine the horrors that broom has seen, what tortures it has witnessed.


Almost all of the raccord tunnels are small, single track affairs with dimmer lighting and less graffiti than the main lines. The movement of air pushed and pulled by the trains deposits little piles of litter in the raccords, amongst the stacks of spare materials and components often found in them. One could venture a guess there's less graffiti in them since there's no passenger service there and nobody to see the works. There are exceptions naturally and many of the raccords contain oddities unmarked on any map. Without checking them all, you'll never know.

River-Deep

Unique
The only double track raccord tunnel in the system, flanked by 2 elevated line 10 tracks.

The-Double
In addition to being the only double this raccord is also one of the longest. Raccord tracks in the middle, regular serv...


Rolling Stock

With time the tunnels become repetitive, the junctions similar and the abandoned stations seen. Cliché as it may be, eventually the metro becomes about the experience and the adventure, more a journey than a particular destination. The journey is a conflagration of uncontrollable variables which conspire to make it unpredictable and dangerous. But that's the fun of being within a live system and as they say, there's never a dull night in the metro.

Leave-only-fatcaps
Raccord tunnel where one can find access to the voie des finances.


Naturally the biggest risk is the rolling stock but like the moth and the flame it's what we grew to have the biggest hard on for. Not in an anorak way - you won't see us scribbling down carriage numbers and looking at engine specs; but in a manner of respect for these intimidating beasts which roam the system. They're unconcerned by our weak, fleshy bodies and totally indifferent to whether said body remains in one piece, or many smeared down 100m of track. It's inevitable that over the course of our adventures we'd encounter these beasts up close and personal, in fact by the end we began to seek them out as we gained the courage to venture further into their territory.

Gimme
Another night, another raccord, another train, another worker yelling at us. BOUGEZ PAS BOUGEZ PAS.

Drones
These lumbering diesel powered work trains are found in the raccord tunnels from time to time. About half the time they'...

Robotrain
Automatic line 14 stock, stored in a bastard little raccord off surprise surprise, line 14. Access is a pain from both e...


There are regular trains, the driverless robotrains of line 14 (and soon line 1), work trains and of course, the Spragues. One night while totally unprepared for such we chanced upon a mint Sprague sitting on a platform, like it was fresh from a 1930's production line. It was a twin-car train resplendent in ravishing red and green against the sparkling backdrop of white tile. Red for the ballers in first class, green for second. The panels were shiny and true, the inside lovingly worn. The wooden second class seats were polished, the padded first class ones still springy. It's probably still sitting there waiting to be taken out for special occasions. Don't ask where it is, I can't say.

Premiere-Classe
First class carriage of a mint sprague unit, found in the Paris metro.

Deuxieme-Classe
Second class carriage of a mint sprague unit, found in the Paris metro.

Class
Mint 1960's sprague unit, found hidden in the Paris Metro. Illoscope reading off the meter.


The Risks

Naturally the activities presented here are dangerous and concern varying degrees of legality but I'll spare you the disclaimer and hypocrisy of "do as I say, not as I do" and offer a short list of situations I or my friends found ourselves in from which you can choose for yourself your own (in)actions.

  • getting caught by security and police while too drunk to function, inspired by 2 French cataphiles on shrooms
  • getting into a fist fight with coked out bunch of frenchies while midriding
  • qx dropping his keys and having them land perfectly balanced on the third rail
  • riding in the back carriage and hitting the bell button, getting yelled at by the driver then having the train stop and wait in the station while we fled
  • being 10 seconds from running headlong into a ghost train near Vavin
  • sprinting out a raccord tunnel after a robot train started up automatically just as we reached it
  • a driver in the voie des fetes telling qx and AC he was glad they weren't throwing rocks at him
  • hiding on the floor of a layed up train near molitor waiting for the cleaners walking by to leave
  • cramped into an alcove with snappel, qx doing similarly on the opposite side of the tunnel while pinned down by a late arriving train near molitor being parked by a driver who clearly knew we were there.
  • meeting workers in an old station and them being totally cool with us, then having a nap on the ground while waiting for the trains
  • jumping out from a midride as the rain pulls into station, way before it's safe to do so and almost collecting a dozen people standing on the platform who are totally shocked at this person materialising out of nowhere onto the platform and hurtling towards them
  • getting caught up between two groups of workers near a yard while trying to access a raccord tunnel
  • exiting from a tunnel onto the platform to discover security hiding and waiting for us by looking at the tv screens used by the drivers to check it's safe to close the train doors. Naturally we turned and crept away very very quickly.
  • getting caught by securitons in the tunnel and discovering they were really scared of the 3rd rail and wouldn't cross it, only go around it. Then the looks on their faces when, expecting bags of spraypaint, we opened our backpack and out came the pile of 1 series bodies and lenses.
  • Jumping up onto a platform mid service and meeting ticket inspectors, who couldn’t' give us a cheap fine since we had valid tickets and instead found something much more expensive to hit us with.
  • the police stopping beside us one night while we were trying to open a locked metro manhole with a street sweeper bristle. Then them deciding it was a catacomb manhole and asking us about the catacombs.
  • Being chased away from a tunnel into a yard by a single security guard yelling "bougez pas bougez pas!". Yeah right!
  • Running a certain camera'd and alarmed to the hilt loop track, emerging topside just in time to avoid being seen by a dog equipped secca who asked "was that you in the tunnels?", "nah mate we're just Australians getting drunk" and lifting our cans of disgusting 12% Maximator beer with a grin.
ratpwn
To be fair it's about time.

Rinsed
Running a loop , and finding nothing except cameras.


The Oddities

With the risks accepted, ghost stations done, raccords run and trains encountered one begins to develop an appreciation for the oddities in the system and begins to comb it, seeking out the weird, the undocumented and unknown places. These places will always draw back those who have a stronger interest in the metro than collecting the set of abandoned stations. Here's a sample:

From the really fucking weird things you find in the tunnels:
photo by qx


To the platforms guarded all night long by a guard and his dog who you might miss by virtue of a visit to the pissoir:
photo by qx


Enormous vent systems:
SliceMeDiceMe
As their funds dwindled the institute was forced to sell off much of their equipment, and find inventive ways to reuse t...

Vent-Fan
Lockdown. Ventilation system, paris metro 2009.


The Zébulon, the protype for the common MF67 stock, on an abandoned platforms of an active station:
Layed-sprayed
Don't bother asking because here's the answer: fuck off.

Anybody-home
No I don't know where this is. We donned blindfolds and followed the metro leprechauns. GTFO.

RTFM
The manual was nowhere to be seen, the controls are labeled in cryptic french but we could get this puppy rollin.


The short section of tunnel of the Voie des Finances which was used up until 1967 to transport money collected from the other stations to a large RATP office in the east:
photo by snappel


The tunnels under the river reminiscent of Londons' tube:
12
Metro line 12 under the Seine.


And those of line 14, the driverless automated line on which opening the platform doors halts the line:
Robotrack
Line 14 tunnel which carries automated (driverless) trains, Paris.


Navigation
Treasure
A map to buried treasure, or at least where you may have found it if you'd be quicker. Voie des finances (money train!) ...


The loop at Porte Maillot:
Approach
Entering the maillot loop, right hand side. This side appears to be infrequently used, the portal is often barricaded. B...

Inderdit
I'm going on the theory that exclusion of one is inclusion of the other, and that given the stairs are forbidden territo...

Cafe-le-tonic
Hook up your own tonic concoction at l'establissements millard. Original advertisement, abandoned platform of Porte Mail...


General dicking around:
Legit
Yeah we're legit. Tu parles anglais? Oh shit...

BJ2K8
Blowjob 2008, abandoned metro station, Paris.

Midride-rush
While the picture doesn't represent it exactly, mid-riding is best done in rush hour, so the business people crammed int...

Le-petit-poisson-qui-pourrait
Maillot Loop, Paris.


And of course, the 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. Shortly after we found it the tunnel became the venue for the illest party of the year. You can read more about this place here.

Who-loves-loli
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...

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

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

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


The end?

As we haven't walked every section of tunnel nor checked every door, and considering the evolving nature of the system and the city it supports there is and will always be more to see, find and experience in the metro. This is in no way a definitive list, nor even a checklist for future explorers to use in their adventures in the metro, since discovering your own places is substantially more rewarding and something we should always pursue. Counter intuitive as it may seem, the system still feel so virgin despite the thick layers of graffiti almost (:P) everywhere. Not once did we encounter others of a similar disposition to ourselves down there. Not a single graffiti writer, nor a single explorer. It's easy to believe the Metro is yours alone to explore and no doubt there is much more to be found secreted away below the streets of Paris. Pose 'em and get fucking involved.
Candy-Shop
Shortly after fleeing workers in the abandoned Molitor station, Paris Metro.


Shouts first and foremost to quantum-x and marshall, the two with whom I spent the most time tucked into alcoves as the trains whistled past. Also to snappel and hount for the nights face down in the ballast, nose to the third waiting for the perfect moment. To BHV for that first piece of information which led us down onto the tracks that first stressful night. To everyone else I got dirty, stinky and downright filthy with. To the iron men of the CMP and the NS who built such an excellent system and the hard working staff of the RATP who maintain and extend it. Last of all a special shout to le-mec-sans-nom, whose hours of painstaking work opened possibilites everywhere. Your contribution to this project is forever appreciated.

ds, 2010.

About the author

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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nckt   2010-12-17 08:03
Absolutely fantastic write up, photos, the fucking lot son; Shit is real.
dsankt   2010-12-17 08:55
It's a lot more real when you're being chased by security. Maybe someone got some video of the last round of idiocy. It was messy.
Moe   2010-12-17 08:10
This story is so romantic (and reminds me so much of my experience with the NYC system). Fall in love with the girl, be nervous and amazed when you finally kiss her, spend a wonderful and rewarding period of time exploring her every crack and crevice, and eventually, just make her your bitch and bust her up with your buddies every once in a while on a whim. Wait, that's still romantic right?
dsankt   2010-12-17 08:56
Probably the most romantic thing I've ever read. Considered a job with Hallmark?
winch   2010-12-17 08:46
Absolutely stunning, inspirational, mindblowing stuff. This blows anything else I've seen on any subterranean transit system completely out of the water. Respect.
Winch   2010-12-17 09:29
Now for the LU.... ;)
dsankt   2010-12-18 01:37
You're closer than I am. Get on it!
Winchester   2010-12-22 02:40
Don't think we're not trying!!! Mr S///////////// has blown the rest of us out of the water over this weekend. Maybe the 'A' and 'B' teams of London will complete a mammoth task at some point soon!?
dsankt   2010-12-22 11:03
I'm aware how different the challenges are between London and Paris, the Tube is a very different beast indeed. I don't expect it will ever be explored in a manner similar to how paris has been done unfortunately.I think there are some issues between teams A and B, so to speak, which seem not so easily resolved. Rarely do I see S/// get angry over anything and certain events seem to have wound him up quite a lot. I'm glad to not be directly involved but I'm sure that hoourable information flow between the two (c road comes to mind) would be mutually beneficial.
Jim Gillette   2010-12-17 11:01
Fuggin POWERFUL.
agour   2010-12-18 00:23
awesome stuff as usual, nice to bring all the previous posts of the metro together, gives it all a lot more depth, respect!
dsankt   2010-12-18 01:38
Cheers, after all the work it seemed logical to finally put it all together into something more than a loose collection of posts.
yaz   2010-12-18 01:20
RATP: avez-vous tous été dans le métro?
dsankt   2010-12-18 01:38
Clearly there's a problem here with encoding. Fucking internets.
Goblinmerchant   2010-12-18 01:45
With every double finger swipe that scrolled me deeper into the bowels of the Paris Metro, the fear began to build. When I finally realized, sweating and rubbing my temples, my coffee now cold, that you had written the longest UrbEx blog post in the history of human kind, I loved you a little more. Nicely done mate, great to have this all in one place.
snaps   2010-12-18 04:58
This ain't UrbEx, son ;)
dsankt   2010-12-19 04:30
Ew urbex!
nckt   2010-12-19 23:09
to quote potentially the the best line relating to this post on the internets: 'now that's a eXplore!'
JaL   2010-12-18 02:06
Yes, that was a very interesting introduction into the underground side of Paris and its metro... Thanks for that ! :-)
Viktor   2010-12-18 05:06
That was fantastic! I'd love a chance to explore some of these kinds of things - legally of course. You'd be amazed at the amount of stuff you can get into without causing problems if you just ask. Although, the frenchies might be different. Definitely appreciate the photos! keep it up!
dsankt   2010-12-19 04:34
As is commonly said: It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission. Plus once denied permission life becomes much more difficult if you do whatever it is you've been denied.
Eurotrip Tips   2010-12-18 05:52
Amazing shots. I'll keep my mouth shut as for the whole legality of the process, though. ;)
Nico   2010-12-18 09:01
Wohw... mauvais pour les yeux...
dsankt   2010-12-19 04:35
non ce n'est pas possible, le metro est beau et tu le connais!
Aqualung   2010-12-18 11:57
Classy!
xp   2010-12-18 19:49
Thanks for doing this, and documenting it, for those of us who will never see it for ourselves.
dsankt   2010-12-19 04:36
Bah, what's with the defeatist attitude?
oams.d   2010-12-18 21:52
1st comment here but been readin for a while. Inspiring me to get overseas, stuck in the Hobart darkie for now :p Fuckin' awesome site mate. Love it :) Have a good one :)
dsankt   2010-12-19 04:36
There are worse places to be than Hobart Darkie. Once you reach escape velocity you're never going back.
Marketing de Filles   2010-12-18 22:01
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dsankt   2010-12-19 04:37
Merci pour le link :)
Marshall   2010-12-18 22:43
Top stuff mate, so many good times. I've sent you a clippy of the finest black metro dust so whenever you feel the need you can rack up and chase the Paris metro dragon.
dsankt   2010-12-19 04:38
I'll sprinkle some of it in my palm when I'm feeling lonely and it'll be the next best thing to being there. Glad to have shared so many adventures with quality people, the best of times.
jago   2010-12-19 00:24
Great stuff here. Amazing images. Keep on doing what you're doing! It's alive!
thomas p   2010-12-19 04:53
Terrific photos. I'll never take the tube anymore... and wait for the trains to get off... so that i could walk and walk and walk and walk and walk and walk and walkand walk and walkand walk and walkand walk and walkand walk and walkand walk and walkand walk and walk!!!
dsankt   2010-12-19 14:20
So long as you're ready to run run run run and run.
S///   2010-12-19 11:39
Fuckin' nooooobody does it better, sometimes haters wish someone woooould. Fucking awesome finale to the utter teardown of one of the finest compendiums of crazy rad interesting shit anyone ever thought to build under a city.
dsankt   2010-12-24 07:26
So, which city should we start on now?
Cornstarch   2010-12-19 23:02
Maïzena is indeed still made -- a fine product. I have been known to bring one variety back to the US in my luggage. When I accidentally forgot a suitcase on the side of the street near Bastille during la Fête de la Musique, I miraculously recovered it from the Police, who had logged it in as "valise avec vêtements, conserves, et Maïzena." And they all asked me about it: "Mais pourquoi la Maïzena, Madame?"
Caspian   2010-12-20 09:40
Nice photos! I want a poster or coffee table book.
dsankt   2010-12-21 15:01
If you're interesting buying a print drop me an email.
Caracalla   2010-12-20 22:16
Incredibly great ! I really enjoyed reading this article, and envy you, as the parisian that I am has always dreamt of doing what you've done. Sooo cool !
dsankt   2010-12-21 15:02
Then get out there and do it, you've no excuse :P
urbexIL   2010-12-21 02:48
I am totally blown away. This is by far one of the most epic urbex stories I've ever experienced. Your photos are amazing, and the metro system is expansive beyond any dream. I am speechless. Kudos.
Cam   2010-12-21 13:46
Shit bro! /end.
Verfsnuiver   2010-12-22 23:40
You sir, are my hero. nice writeup.
ArdianZzZ   2010-12-23 06:52
WoW! Fantastic!
RichInSydney   2010-12-23 07:15
Excellent work. Photography is great, as are the stories. I love traveling the metro and am always amazed at its diversity (not just the stations, but the side tracks and ghost stations the trains pass through). Loved the bit about having to sprint from a tunnel when a robo-train started up without warning - woulda scared the s**t outta me.
dsankt   2010-12-24 07:27
Man we turned and bolted. The whole night was hectic from the start, that just capped it! We didn't take much video back then unfortunately as it would have been fucking classic.
Tcat   2010-12-24 02:42
Oh my! What a great battle for the best ever of photography, writing and just having me cry with joy for top spot. Just incredible. Maybe the best Christmas present I ever got. Thank you.
dsankt   2010-12-24 07:28
No probs capn.
EnamelKoi   2010-12-24 14:26
This is a fantastic presentation of a wonderful journey! The pictures are terrific and the stories of how you got them make them that much better. While my days of such escapades (and they were never on this scale) may be behind me, I can really appreciate the spirit here. Great of you to share it.
dsankt   2010-12-24 14:55
Thanks for leaving your message, your words inspire belief that there are still people out there who had(ve) that adventurous streak and that the entire older generation isn't a bunch of scared sheep concerned with liability and what might happen if people hurt themselves doing something they love.
victor raggio   2010-12-24 14:35
great work. congrats
Dimkit   2010-12-24 16:33
What a stunning work ! I wish i were here ! Amazing shots & discoveries. Just keep it up guys !
R2ro   2010-12-25 01:18
Nothing short of spectacular. There aren't enough superlatives to describe awesomeness of the photos and accompanying narration. Can you guys do New York as well?? :)
dsankt   2010-12-25 05:41
Thanks, If you're interested in the new york subways I'd recommend heading over to LTV Squad, selecting subways from the location type dropdown and immersing yourself.
Eve Politanoff   2010-12-25 22:28
Absolutely amazing, great post !
seotons   2010-12-26 09:20
very nice pictures ! there is a lot of hidden treasure in Paris
mustafa   2010-12-26 18:18
Simply effing magnificent! Once I was able to schmooz my way into a ride in the cab with the motorman of a 12 train from Abbesses, but I never saw anything as cool as these pics. You guys rock at urban subterranean exploration. More, please!
dsankt   2010-12-27 02:42
It's a great view isn't it! Riding up front also make it obvious how easy it would be to see someone in the tunnels if they didn't take care to hide themselves.
Theremin   2010-12-26 20:49
Fascinating story/photos! I'm interested in doing an article about you for an online fan magazine, is there some way I can contact you?
dsankt   2010-12-27 02:41
My email can be found at the bottom of every page in the footer or on the About page in the top menu.
erik   2010-12-27 01:53
great photos, but a little too instructional. Someone could read this and not understand the real danger of it and get killed.
dsankt   2010-12-27 02:40
I believe the risks and possible consequences are outlined sufficiently above. If someone chooses to put themselves into a dangerous situation and dies that's unfortunate of course but we possess a brain and one does well to use it. Life is inherently risky whichever (in)actions we choose; that's the crux of it - people make their own choices.
prasad   2010-12-27 03:34
Incredible i'd say! amazing photography.. stunning. how did you manage the risks :)
dsankt   2010-12-27 10:04
Anyway we could!
lanchester   2010-12-27 06:44
Thank you so much for sharing your adventure/quest! Really really beautiful pictures. Art...
erik   2010-12-27 12:22
just saying,, i don't think the internet is the place for any random dweeb to read a step by step guide to exploring the Paris Metro.
Mike   2011-04-25 17:53
um, the internet is exactly the place for that sorta thing. great pics btw!
dsankt   2011-08-11 15:35
That's okay, because I don't give a fuck what you think.
Davidikus   2010-12-27 17:02
Great project! The photos & the write ups are excellent. I never did half as much as you have but this reminds me of my youth in Paris! davidikus. blogspot.com
dsankt   2010-12-29 01:06
This is an aspect of paris, to me, which separates it from so many other place I've been. Not so much with the metro, but certainly with the catacombs, the average person on the street has an idea of what they're about and why people go in them. The idea of exploring your city is almost normal, and the number of times we'd be entering/exiting a manhole and have a passerby stop for a quit chat about the ktas was surprising to those of us who come initially from a culture where anyone doing something different is viewed with suspicion.
Alyssa Becker   2010-12-28 19:00
BEAUTIFUL photos. Absolutely captivating.
trefynnon   2010-12-29 00:37
Damn, I've led a sheltered life! Great pictures and writing; you can smell the ozone. And I love the last pic with the disappearing concentric curves. Inspirational!
dsankt   2010-12-29 01:07
Then there's no time like the present to rectify the situation. New year's resolution?
Uploader smileys   2011-04-29 21:07
Wow, i never saw this in Paris métro ! It's awesome. You've made a great job and took beautiful photos ;)
xris   2011-07-12 17:40
great job ! could you do this in other metros????
dsankt   2011-08-11 15:34
Of course :)
STPo   2011-07-26 13:56
Great, fucking great job. I take the Métro every day and have never heard about all this.
dsankt   2011-08-11 15:34
That's the thing, it's right outside your window the whole time but unless you really look it's so easy to pass it all by.
Humour   2011-08-18 17:56
i also heard about the legend about the Molitor station and the entrance in the Lycée when i was young. Seems to be just a legend...
Drey   2011-08-22 15:26
Amazing document, amazing pictures. How did you manage to sneak in line 14's tunnels??
dsankt   2011-08-22 16:10
That's a good question, with a great answer.
Opticien   2011-09-19 18:24
I'm from paris and never saw my city this way GOOD JOB!
Jenny   2011-09-23 11:11
I loved your accounts of the trips to the metro stations. The photos were absolutely fantastic. I think you guys take urban exploration to the next level. Can't wait to see what other exotic places you are going to explore next.
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dsankt   2011-11-06 22:04
Oh fuck off and take your shite website with you, as if anybody here is interested. Kill yourself.
Nigga   2012-06-06 18:45
Wow can you make my penis look like a celebrity penis please?
Mark Richards   2011-10-12 05:15
Great exploring adventure, great company with great pictures. Who could ask more? The metro stations at night look so haunting yet at the same time, so inviting. The amount of graffiti on the walls show that many people have already been there and explored its depths.
dsankt   2011-11-20 21:47
True indeed, many have come before and many will come after. Gotta take the chances you makes!
BILLIG UGGS   2011-10-24 12:58
Excellent, j'aime beaucoup :) bonne journée
aliza   2011-11-04 15:19
Beautiful.
carlos   2011-11-14 19:32
fucking brill guys ! love the PM this site with all the hidden stations and other stuff, think the LU will be more of a challenge with the 7/7 bombs and stuff. plus the over officious cunts will hang, draw and quarter you if they catch you which they probably will ,any ways cheers .best thing i`ve seen for ages on the web.
dsankt   2011-11-20 21:46
You'd be surprised actually, almost all the abandoned stations in London have been done. As for the consequences of getting caught, that's pretty surprising as well.
ny1   2011-12-24 00:38
Sad to see that the Metro has such lax security.
dsankt   2011-12-24 08:59
I'm tearing up just thinking about it.
forfait mobile   2012-01-25 14:40
1st comment here but been readin for a while. Inspiring me to get overseas, stuck in the Hobart darkie for now :pFuckin' awesome site mate. Love it :) Have a good one :)
Samir   2012-02-12 19:05
Pretty unreal and totally awesome. I wish I was a photographer back when I did this at my college, exploring the entire underground system there and ending up in the very off-limits power-plant on campus. What an adventure!
dsankt   2012-02-20 21:00
I wish it also.
gagarin001   2012-03-07 01:44
Superbes photos. Dommage que l'auteur n'ait, semble-t-il, pas participé à des grosses teufs comme il y en a assez souvent dans les anciens dépôts de wagons. Il aurait pu pour y faire des photos et en montrer l'ambiance avec son talent.
Travispoy11   2012-03-10 06:40
Aw, this was a really great post. In theory I'd like to write like this also - taking time and real effort to make a good article... but what can I say... I procrastinate a lot and never seem to get something done.
jet privado   2012-03-12 19:07
nice job ! could you do this in other metros?
dsankt   2012-03-12 21:25
Of course
Lisa Adian   2012-03-16 01:21
This is totally informative and magic...thank you...totally took my mind to another place and time and wish it could go on and on...thank you!
JLM Diffusion   2012-04-10 14:59
Amazing trip. I hope you could do it in other out of time places. Il like the Enormous vent systems and the spiderman in Molitor JLM dif
Lia   2012-05-13 20:41
Found this randomly in google and i cant say enough of how much fun i got from reading it. Exploring the dark side of Paris! Wish I could have done it if I have bigger guts and actually be in Paris.
Tom Jones   2012-05-27 02:23
Wow I didnt know there is so much about Metro in Paris. I know that Saint Petersburg Russia has the biggest underground system and Moscow is even bigger
Nigga   2012-06-06 17:45
Wow, that makes sense.
Poulpi   2012-07-02 22:48
Hello, cool cool photos :) Being Parisian myself, here are two things pictured up there that you can see safely (if you're lucky) : - see diesel powered work trains : sometimes, they show up late at night, just before the last metros. I've seen them often on line 10. - see (and travel in) a carriage of a mint sprague unit : I've already traveled one on the "Journées du patrimoine" (every year, in September). The RATP actually put them in use again for the day. There was even a guy at each door, dressed in an old fashioned way, opening and closing the doors for the passengers : this was extremely cool. And there are also "legal" visits of the hidden Parisian tube if strolling in the tunnels doesn't thrill you that much :)
DaveSteve   2012-08-04 05:04
Awesome images, I feel the need to wander the city more at night. Cheers
Chuck   2012-10-27 05:31
Urban archaeology at its finest !!!!
Nick   2012-11-02 10:55
This is one of the coolest things I've read in a while. So interesting. Would love to do something like this the next time I am in Paris. Only problem is I have to find someone willing to come with me!
Blake   2013-01-17 20:29
This is totally informative and a great read...thank you!
akwholesaleusa   2013-03-02 12:07
awesome records, awesome images. How did you handle to put up range 14's tunnels?? City the archaeology of gortyn at its best !!!!
adamssmithone   2013-03-06 16:34
Absolutely fantastic write up, photos. Great Seletction of Word and Great Seletion of images .
Ljubljana Sights   2013-03-08 01:13
I can only wish that Ljubljana would have such a metro. Impressive metro :)
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Thatguy   2013-03-17 20:43
Nice pics and spots !!!! I love paris metro aswell heheh
alex   2013-03-19 21:48
Stunning is an understatement for the great photos. The pics are simply amazing. As a Metro lover i am really happy that I stumbled into your page. I am really jealous... I live in Bangkok and they only have one Metro (MRT) line...
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Tahir Jamil   2013-05-28 14:45
Paris Metro is an asset not only for the people of France but for the people living around the world. Love to visit the site.
ewmr   2013-05-31 06:13
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misskatniss   2013-06-18 05:44
This is truly inspiring - great photographs. Really "abandoned porn" for me.
Natalia Filatov   2013-06-25 19:38
It seem that they develop it very well and it turn to a beautiful one good job on those who renovated it.
Alon Alexander   2013-07-12 01:31
Really nice ! A beautiful and fantastic history of Paris Metro. Such a nice creation of human. Its a heritage for the upcoming generations. Awesome photographs.
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Maya   2013-07-15 18:45
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Martin   2013-07-18 11:00
Amazing photography, truly inspiring stuff! Can't wait to get out at the weekend and have a go myself. No Metro here but some nice boat and marina shots should be possible.
Alexander M.   2013-07-19 04:05
These are absolutely incredible - does anyone have a link to similar photos that cover the London underground (where I live)? Would be cool to check those out if anyone has come across something like that. In any case, fantastic work!
Randy Anderson   2013-07-19 16:51
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Jean-Pierre   2013-09-17 01:14
I take Metro everyday. I didn't it was hiding so many secrets. Amazing!
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