Demolition of the Paris Metro by FranckDernoncourt


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  The Paris Metro and the service it provides are deeply intertwined into the fabric of the city. As the 4.5 million passengers who            space relics of our environment. Plus
  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-    squatting, hitchhiking, roadtrips and
  nouveau style is unmistakable and the plant like green wrought iron entrances topped with the orange orbs and Metropolitan                   cycle touring. The city is our playground, the
  signage designed by Hector Guimard which sprout up all over the city lead one down to the gleaming white tiled platforms to be               city as you've never seen it before.
  whisked away all over the city. 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
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  deportation to get up close and personal.
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                                                                                                                                               The One, Paris

                                                                                                                                               Molitor, King of Stations

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  The History                                                                                                                                  Nom de Chien
  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              Metro warm up
  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 initially 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             P AZ^_^
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  non-interoperability with the left hand side system in the suburbs) but in the 30's - 50's the suburbs were finally connected. Today         Demolition of the Paris Metro
  Paris' metro is still growing and changing through constant renovations, line extensions and currently the conversion of more lines
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  to use the driverless robotrains like those of line 14.
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  Back in October 2007 sometime after midnight and before the first trains rolled into regular service, qx and I took our first timid
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  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             Rolling with writers
  before and this scary new world was full of elements we didn't understand at all. Looking at every rail critically working out which         The London Underground
  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        Molitor, King of Stations
  they go, did anyone live in the tunnels, would we encounter writers? We'd heard lots of stories about RATP security forgoing the             24 Hours
  usual legal punishments and simply beating up those found in the tunnels and kicking them out onto the street. We weren't packing
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  paint but would that matter?
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  We took a few careful paces into the tunnel then hastily retreated back 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. It was enough to get us hooked and we craved it constantly like two dirty

  Over the next few years we were enslaved to this addiction 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. It
  drew us in and 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 initially 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.…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                                                     2/34
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  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 tunnel running. 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. So 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.…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                                                        3/34
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  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.

  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.…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                                                      4/34
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  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.


  "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…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                                                   6/34
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  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. Haxo and Molitor are guaranteed to be an adventure.

  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. The highlight of
  visiting Haxo by foot is the journey as reaching it from either end can be a risky 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.…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                                                      7/34
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  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.…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                                                    8/34
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  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.…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                                                      9/34
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  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.…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                                                      11/34
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  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.…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                                                   12/34
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  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.…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                                                      13/34
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  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.…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                                                           14/34
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  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
      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.…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                                                       16/34
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  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:…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                                                17/34
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  photo: 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: qx

  photo: qx

  Enormous vent systems:…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                                      18/34
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  The Zébulon, the protype for the common MF67 stock, on an abandoned platforms of an active station:…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                   19/34
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  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: snappel

  The tunnels under the river reminiscent of Londons' tube:…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                                             21/34
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  And those of line 14, the driverless automated line on which opening the platform doors halts the line:

  Navigation…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                       22/34
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  The loop at Porte Maillot:…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                            23/34
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  General dicking around:…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                            24/34
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  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.…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                                                26/34
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  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.…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                                                       28/34
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  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.


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              The One, Paris - 2010-10-16
              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 tunnel...

              Molitor, King of Stations - 2010-09-09
              I'd neatly copied a map of the surrounding tunnels onto a small scrap of paper folded in my chest pocket. In case of
              capture I was to eat the paper and claim we were looking for the bathroom. The Artline pen I'd used...

              Maillot Loop, Paris. - 2010-03-17
              Out on the western side of the metro map sits a small odd looking piece of track which always interested us. Originally
              Porte Maillot station was the western terminus of line one, with two platforms connected by a...

              Les trains du metro - 2010-04-14
              The most interesting thing in the system is, to the foamers delight, the trains. Were half chubby at the merest hint of
              laid up stock, so what? As you have read in the previous chapters of metro demolition we spent a...

              Les Raccordements du Metro, 1 - 2009-12-16
              In addition to the many abandoned stations the system has what are known as Les Raccordements, or just raccords. As
              the name suggests theyre linking tunnels, which span between lines to enable easy movement of trains...

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        #1 - 2010-12-17 07:03 - Reply

   Absolutely fantastic write up, photos, the fucking lot son;Shit is real.

               #2 - 2010-12-17 07:55 - Reply

        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

        #3 - 2010-12-17 07:10 - Reply

   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?

               #4 - 2010-12-17 07:56 - Reply

        Probably the most romantic thing I've ever read. Considered a job with Hallmark?

        #5 - 2010-12-17 07:46 - Reply

   Absolutely stunning, inspirational, mindblowing stuff. This blows anything else I've seen on any subterranean transit system
   completely out of the water. Respect.

               #6 - 2010-12-17 07:57 - Reply


        #7 - 2010-12-17 08:29 - Reply

   Now for the LU.... ;)

               #8 - 2010-12-18 00:37 - Reply

        You're closer than I am. Get on it!

               #9 - 2010-12-22 01:40 - Reply

        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!?

               #10 - 2010-12-22 10:03 - Reply

        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
        #11 - 2010-12-17 10:01 - Reply

   Fuggin POWERFUL.

        #12 - 2010-12-17 23:23 - Reply

   awesome stuff as usual, nice to bring all the previous posts of the metro together, gives it all a lot more depth, respect!

               #13 - 2010-12-18 00:38 - Reply

        Cheers, after all the work it seemed logical to finally put it all together into something more than a loose collection of

        #14 - 2010-12-18 00:20 - Reply

   RATP: avez-vous tous été dans le métro?

               #15 - 2010-12-18 00:38 - Reply

        Clearly there's a problem here with encoding. Fucking internets.

        #16 - 2010-12-18 00:45 - Reply

   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.

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        This ain't UrbEx, son ;)

               #18 - 2010-12-19 03:30 - Reply

        Ew urbex!

               #19 - 2010-12-19 22:09 - Reply

        to quote potentially the the best line relating to this post on the internets: 'now that's a eXplore!'

        #20 - 2010-12-18 01:06 - Reply

   Yes, that was a very interesting introduction into the underground side of Paris and its metro... Thanks for that ! :-)

        #21 - 2010-12-18 04:06 - Reply

   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!

               #22 - 2010-12-19 03:34 - Reply

        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
        #23 - 2010-12-18 04:52 - Reply

   Amazing shots. I'll keep my mouth shut as for the whole legality of the process, though. ;)

        #24 - 2010-12-18 08:01 - Reply

   Wohw... mauvais pour les yeux...

               #25 - 2010-12-19 03:35 - Reply

        non ce n'est pas possible, le metro est beau et tu le connais!

        #26 - 2010-12-18 10:57 - Reply


        #27 - 2010-12-18 18:49 - Reply

   Thanks for doing this, and documenting it, for those of us who will never see it for ourselves.

               #28 - 2010-12-19 03:36 - Reply

        Bah, what's with the defeatist attitude?

        #29 - 2010-12-18 20:52 - Reply

   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 :)

               #30 - 2010-12-19 03:36 - Reply

        There are worse places to be than Hobart Darkie. Once you reach escape velocity you're never going back.

        Marketing de Filles
        #31 - 2010-12-18 21:01 - Reply

   Our Blog like your blog and photos. We are 3 french students in Paris and we will write an article about your site ! It is a really
   good means to discover differently the Paris metro ! Don't hesitate to visit our blog to read soon the article about your photos !
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               #32 - 2010-12-19 03:37 - Reply

        Merci pour le link :)

        #33 - 2010-12-18 21:43 - Reply

   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.

               #34 - 2010-12-19 03:38 - Reply

        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.

        #35 - 2010-12-18 23:24 - Reply…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                                                      31/34
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   Great stuff here. Amazing images. Keep on doing what you're doing! It's alive!

        thomas p
        #36 - 2010-12-19 03:53 - Reply

   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!!!

               #37 - 2010-12-19 13:20 - Reply

        So long as you're ready to run run run run and run.

        #38 - 2010-12-19 10:39 - Reply

   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.

               #39 - 2010-12-24 06:26 - Reply

        So, which city should we start on now?

        #40 - 2010-12-19 22:02 - Reply

   Maà zena 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 Maà zena." And they all asked me about it: "Mais
   pourquoi la Maà zena, Madame?"

        #41 - 2010-12-20 08:40 - Reply

   Nice photos! I want a poster or coffee table book.

               #42 - 2010-12-21 14:01 - Reply

        If you're interesting buying a print drop me an email.

        #43 - 2010-12-20 21:16 - Reply

   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 !

               #44 - 2010-12-21 14:02 - Reply

        Then get out there and do it, you've no excuse :P

        #45 - 2010-12-21 01:48 - Reply

   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.

               #46 - 2010-12-21 14:02 - Reply


        #47 - 2010-12-21 12:46 - Reply

   Shit bro! /end.

        #48 - 2010-12-22 22:40 - Reply

   You sir, are my hero.nice writeup.

        #49 - 2010-12-23 05:52 - Reply

   WoW! Fantastic!

        #50 - 2010-12-23 06:15 - Reply

   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.

               #51 - 2010-12-24 06:27 - Reply

        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.

        #52 - 2010-12-24 01:42 - Reply

   Oh my! What a great battle for the best ever of photography, writing and just having me cry with joy for top spot. Just…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                                                  32/34
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   incredible. Maybe the best Christmas present I ever got. Thank you.

                #53 - 2010-12-24 06:28 - Reply

        No probs capn.

         #54 - 2010-12-24 13:26 - Reply

   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.

                #55 - 2010-12-24 13:55 - Reply

        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
         #56 - 2010-12-24 13:35 - Reply

   great work. congrats

         #57 - 2010-12-24 15:33 - Reply

   What a stunning work ! I wish i were here ! Amazing shots & discoveries. Just keep it up guys !

         #58 - 2010-12-25 00:18 - Reply

   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?? :)

                #59 - 2010-12-25 04:41 - Reply

        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
         #60 - 2010-12-25 21:28 - Reply

   Absolutely amazing, great post !

         #61 - 2010-12-26 08:20 - Reply

   very nice pictures ! there is a lot of hidden treasure in Paris

         #62 - 2010-12-26 17:18 - Reply

   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!

                #63 - 2010-12-27 01:42 - Reply

        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.

         #64 - 2010-12-26 19:49 - Reply

   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?

                #65 - 2010-12-27 01:41 - Reply

        My email can be found at the bottom of every page in the footer or on the About page in the top menu.

         #66 - 2010-12-27 00:53 - Reply

   great photos, but a little too instructional. Someone could read this and not understand the real danger of it and get killed.

                #67 - 2010-12-27 01:40 - Reply

        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.

         #68 - 2010-12-27 02:34 - Reply

   Incredible i'd say! amazing photography.. stunning. how did you manage the risks :)

                #69 - 2010-12-27 09:04 - Reply

        Anyway we could!…/Demolition_of_the_P…                                                                                                 33/34
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         #70 - 2010-12-27 05:44 - Reply

   Thank you so much for sharing your adventure/quest! Really really beautiful pictures. Art...

         #71 - 2010-12-27 11:22 - Reply

   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

         #72 - 2010-12-27 16:02 - Reply

   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

                #73 - 2010-12-29 00:06 - Reply

        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
         #74 - 2010-12-28 18:00 - Reply

   BEAUTIFUL photos. Absolutely captivating.

         #75 - 2010-12-28 23:37 - Reply

   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!

                #76 - 2010-12-29 00:07 - Reply

        Then there's no time like the present to rectify the situation. New year's resolution?

         #77 - 2010-12-29 01:52 - Reply

   Excellent ! Beaucoup de gens explorent les catacombes et le métro, mais peu en ramène des photos aussi belles que les vÃ
   ´tres. Bravo.

         #78 - 2010-12-29 06:10 - Reply

   Respect from Russia!

         #79 - 2010-12-29 07:33 - Reply

   Absolutely loved the article and photos. Always been fascinated by this kind of stuff and your explorations have inspired me!

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