Secret Subways of the World

 
 
 



This faux subway station by Brina Thurston is without a doubt a true metro masterpiece.  Known for her good taste in scultpture subjects and her talent for humoring insane webmasters obsessed with underground railways, Brina created the above scultpture which was on exhibit in 2009 at Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria, Queens. Brina is an admirer of the late, great Martin Kippenberger, and why the hell not? Kippenberger's dream was to build subway stations for a world metro. You can see some of his stations in Geneva, Syros and Kasel on the Metronet site which is dedicated to his metro scultptures.In 2008, Kippenberger's Dawson City station in the Yukon Territories closed, but not before the collaborating artist Reinald Nohal put recordings of metros from around the world bedind the door to the non-existant metro station, likely causing the occasional new town resident or rare tourist opportunity to give pause and scratch a scalp.

subway entrance in Kassel Entrance to Metronet station in Kassel, Germany, where its always a good idea to bring your umbrella. This metro station was built before the standards on Environmental Impact Studies were raised to include not placing a metro station in the middle of a pond.

Perhaps in an unconscious salute to Kippenberger, the city of New York created a fake subway entrance to real subway tunnel in Brooklyn.Heights.
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For non existant subways, don't forget to visit Transit Authority Figures, complete with fake subway maps for Cape Cod and Fire Island

These cities have some form of mystery subway.  Some many of us are familiar with such as the extinct Rochester subway or the Cincinatti subway that was never finished. Others are just plain bizarre or hard to research, such as the pieces of the Lagos subway that they started to build and then walked away from. Or the urban legend subway station in Scranton, PA that is rooted in fact.  There are the subway stations in
Tel Aviv and in Belgrade that sit, unknown and unused, waiting for their trains to come in. And of course, there are the rumoured secret subways in Moscow and Tokyo that conspiracy theorists consider part of secret government plots. Whatever your penchant, here's a list of them. If we're missing anything, please let us know by emailing us!

Abandonded System
Abandonded Stations
Secret Subway

Algiers
Baghdad
Belgrade
Boston
Bratislava
Brooklyn, NY South 4th street station
Campinas (not underground)
Cape Town
Charleroi
Cincinatti
Donetsk
Fort Worth
Glasgow
Harbin
Jacksonville, FL
Johannesburg
Katowice
Krakow
Lagos
Laurel, PA
Lebedyan, Russia
Liege
Liverpool
London
Los Angeles
Melbourne

Moscow, RU
Omsk
New York
Newark
Paris
Philadelphia

Rochester
Rostov-na-Donu
Sarajevo
Scranton
Seville
Sydney
Tel Aviv
Tokyo
Toronto
Vancouver
Vienna
Ufa

Mention is also made of the secret Palestine branch of the DART light rail. In Lebedyan, Russia, a secret subway is allegedly being dug by hand.

Abandonded train tunnels


West Ashford station on the London Underground is actually an office on the third floor.