London Ghost Stations
By Mark McConville
HAUNTING pictures have revealed the long-forgotten abandoned London Underground stations that lie deep below the city.
The eerie images show the empty dusty Aldwych Underground station, which closed in 1994 and has been used as a film set for several high-profile productions including Sherlock, MR Selfridge and V for Vendetta.
Other shots show other disused platforms and bricked up entrances to the former underground station including at Euston where the entrance closed in 1914 and the graffiti-clad Shoreditch station which closed in 2006.
The snaps were taken by a London-based urban explorer known as Bowroaduk.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the Tube’s ‘ghost stations’,” he said.
“They can be glimpsed from passing trains if you know where to look but I often wondered how much more there was behind the scenes.South Kentish Town Underground station. S/B platform looking south. Bowroaduk / mediadrumworld.com
“It offers a window into the past and I have the privilege of witnessing something that is hidden to most Londoners.”
Bowroaduk took the photographs with a Canon EOS 500D and made use of a tripod and time exposure.
London Underground can lay claim to being the world’s first underground railway as the Metropolitan Railway, opened in 1863, is now part of the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.
There are 270 function stations on the tube but there are at least forty over ground and underground stations still in existence that are no longer used for travel.
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