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Antwerp Pre-metro

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The usual assumption about the Antwerp Pre-metro within the exploring community is that the ‘pre’ represents the fact it hasn’t opened yet. Not correct. The Pre-metro is actually a properly dug and operating metro system, which is just not running metro stock yet. During the IDM weekend, we followed Patch, Site and Jess down into the live network for a look around. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Winch

March 4th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Posted in Trains

Tagged with Chris, Jess, Neb, Patch, Site

Londonsplore

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December 2011

Build a fire to stay warm.

Buk put together a long awaited explorer gathering and dubbed it Londonsplore. With the derelict location and expectation of an all-nighter , the event echoed other enticing social urban experiences from the previous 12 months or so. Somewhere along the line somebody had said that having more parties would be a good thing and everybody seemed to gain an experience from this one. I don’t know what kept us waiting so long really – complacency maybe? Read the rest of this entry »

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December 14th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Posted in Dereliction,Social

Tagged with Bekah, Brad, Chris, Keitei, Patch, Paul

Lower COTS

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When it snows, go in Drains. A few Gentlemen and I decided to participate in COTS in December 2010, having seen a few delightful pics of the system online. This section of Collossus of the South was everything I was expecting it to be, more impressive even than Hastings’ Stinger storm drain, with a deliciously different feature; the plughole that leads down from the Victorian sections.
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Written by Winch

November 19th, 2011 at 10:03 am

Posted in Drains

Tagged with Bekah, Brad, Chris, Dan, Lutex, Ogof, Patch

Charleroi Pre-metro

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July 2010

Charleroi has 6km of disused by completed metro line, incorporating 4 stations and connecting to the existing metro. Don’t get too excited however, this isn’t a veiny network of tunnels under the city like Antwerp’s premetro, nor is it a line genuinely under construction. It’s simply a railway that was built in the 1980s, connected to the metro lines and unfeasibly, never opened. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Winch

November 10th, 2011 at 12:42 am

Posted in Dereliction,Trains

Tagged with Brad, Chris, Gary

The Soviet Presence

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“Whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart. Whoever wants it back has no brain.” (Vladimir Putin, 2000.)

Gotha

Take your eyes off the pothole ridden minor roads of the former DDR and chances are you’ll be looking at something concrete that was built by the Soviets. My introduction to the remains of the Soviet Union came in 2008, with the Beelitz-Heilstätten sanatorium providing an ample opportunity for a day of roaming around the vast, derelict campus, taking photos of the peeling paint and lnely chairs. Although at the time I visited, I understood little of the involvement of the Soviet Union in this complex’s history, my interest has evolved and I’ve learned of the Sanatorium’s footnote as the ultimate destination for the DDR’s president Erich Honecker as his country collapsed into westernisation. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Winch

September 22nd, 2011 at 12:40 am

Posted in Roadtrips

Tagged with Brad, Chris, Dan, Gary

Rubix

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February 2011

It seems like ages now since we went to Rubix. Just a long brick pipe with a little junction at one end. It’s fed by the River Effra, long since buried under the streets of South London and turned into a sewer. Rubix itself is known as the South Western Storm Sewer, essentially there to collect the overflow from the sewer when it rains. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Winch

July 24th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Posted in Drains

Tagged with Brad, Chris, Lutex, Neb

That Parisien Loop

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March 2011


With the thrill of Molitor being the presiding memory from our Paris adventure, the desire to tap the keyboard over our  night in the 14th arrondissement was nulled perhaps. London was reminded what it was missing in the  few days proceeding our return and it seemed like business as usual with visitors such as Steve Duncan, Brick Man and Urban Fox arriving at the Brad:pad War-room to partake , other adventures fading into the memory. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Winch

April 25th, 2011 at 12:23 am

Posted in Trains

Tagged with Chris, Gary, Patch

Deep Level #5 – Down St Station

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February 2011

When news filtered quickly that a glitch had been identified at Down St station, 5 of us made our way down quickly to inspect. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 24th, 2011 at 10:47 am

Posted in Trains

Tagged with Brad, Chris, Neb, Siologen

Porte Molitor

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March 2011

Metro Chien sat patiently while Maitre-Chien chatted with Marc, disbelieving everything he was being told. “You came down the tunnels? Pas possible!” Claire Elise translated although I don’t think any of us believed that 5 minutes of scattergun French could boil down to a single sentence. Myself, Statler, Gary and Patch sat in the tunnels, backs to the wall, confused at everything that was going on. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Winch

March 21st, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Posted in Trains

Tagged with Chris, Claire-Elise, Gary, Marc, Patch

Prohobohemia 3.4

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August 2010

One more left, then I’ll finally stop writing about this trip! Again, written from the road. The best bits are fueled by some 500ml bottles of Becks. Happy days. I write a lot because I think the trip was significant in a number of ways in terms of how I view ‘Urbex’ and the lifestyles we adopt to fulfil our aspirations within our means. Hopefully this will make sense.

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Written by Winch

February 9th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Posted in Roadtrips

Tagged with Brad, Chris, Gary

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