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Old September 11th, 2005, 04:51 PM   #1
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MISC | Transportation's Urban Myths

Your Metro's Urban Myths
Are there spooky tales about your metro? If so, tell us about it and where did these occurances supposedly happened? (Supernatural encounters). How about myths of people who live underground in your city's metro? Any urban myth concerning your city's metro will do! Share!

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Old September 11th, 2005, 05:01 PM   #2
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Being the oldest metro, London has its fair share

Covent Garden Station is reputedly haunted by a ghost associated with the adjacent Drury Lane Theatre, I have read other tales of spooky goings on from various other stations across London.

One often quoted urban myth is that there is a secret branch off the Piccadilly Line at Green park that goes to a station under Buckingham Palace, so that in the event of hostilities breaking out the Royal Family can be whisked off to Heathrow Airport by Tube! The shred of truth is that a siding lies between the two tracks just west of the abandoned Down Street Station, but this is used for reversing trains and little else! You can see the siding if you look carefully from a passing train.

Quite what use the 45-minute run to Heathrow Airport would be in the event of a 4-minute warning I don't really know!
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Old September 12th, 2005, 12:39 AM   #3
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Northern Germans are too unemotional, so there are no myths of the Hamburg metro. At least I don't know of any.

But there's a spooky art installation in an unused tunnel station:


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Old September 12th, 2005, 12:54 AM   #4
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Old September 12th, 2005, 01:57 AM   #5
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Northern Germans are too unemotional, so there are no myths of the Hamburg metro. At least I don't know of any.

But there's a spooky art installation in an unused tunnel station:

Very nice!!


In Barcelona there was an urban legend about the metro:
We had no line 2 for more than 30 years, it was constructed but never opened, people said that the tunnels were very small for the trains!!
Nowadays, L2 is in service since 1995 and trains and tunnels fit perfectly.
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Old September 12th, 2005, 10:42 AM   #6
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Interesting. For Barcelona, was it the same Line 2 as before, and why the delay then? And for Berlin, how do people go to the disused station if it's not in use? Are the station entrances still in tact?
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Old September 12th, 2005, 11:13 AM   #7
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In Amsterdam, there are no real myths about the small metro system.

But the fact that the 3,5 km tunnel section, with its five underground stations, built in two phases between 1970 and 1980, is also equipped with nuclear shelters for about 16.000 inhabitants of Amsterdam (the Cold War was still present then) is something that many people (like me) consider as very interesting! There are shelters at the Weesperplein and Wibautstraat stations, and I've heard also at the Nieuwmarkt station.

The maintenance of these shelters stopped in 1999. Since then, they are closed and neglected, and they start to deteriorate slowly. Unfortunately, there is no chance to visit them. Although some homeless people and drug addicts often succeeded to break in and use them as their temporary homes.

Many 'Amsterdammers' are very curious about these shelters...And so am I!
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Old October 14th, 2005, 06:08 AM   #8
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Tiong Bahru, Novena, Bishan. Orchard, Dhoby Gaut are just some of the stations built on the site of former cemeteries.

Some have their fair share of spooky tales, especially about spirits hitching a ride on the last train every night.
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Old October 14th, 2005, 05:37 PM   #9
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Before the days of dot matrix "next train" information it would be considered to be an "urban myth" that one day a train will actually arrive.

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Old October 14th, 2005, 07:47 PM   #10
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Interesting. For Barcelona, was it the same Line 2 as before, and why the delay then? And for Berlin, how do people go to the disused station if it's not in use? Are the station entrances still in tact?

Which station(s) do you mean?
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Old October 14th, 2005, 09:01 PM   #11
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For Barcelona, was it the same Line 2 as before, and why the delay then?
Today's line 2 is part of the planned, the other part is nowadays line 5. The delay was due to the same as always: no money.
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Before the days of dot matrix "next train" information it would be considered to be an "urban myth" that one day a train will actually arrive.

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Old October 16th, 2005, 06:30 AM   #13
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One of the biggest myths going about Philadelphia's subways is that they get cleaned every now and then.

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Which station(s) do you mean?
The station that the art installation is in. How would one get there?
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