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Champ De Mars, Phantom Metro Station – Paris, France

The second of the elusive Parisian ghost stations to appear on this site. After a few obsessive attempts, I was finally lucky enough visit this great location and take a few photos. Enjoy.

Ghost train - Champ de mars, Paris metro

Ghost Platform - Champ de mars, Paris metro

Like St Martin, this station was one of the metro stations doomed to permanent closure after the second world war due to it’s proximity to surrounding stations. Despite being unceremoniously converted into one huge extraction vent, the station is largely intact. As you may have guessed, like St Martin the lines that run through the station are still active. This makes exploration just that little bit trickier, but so much more fun…

Graffiti - Champ de mars, Paris metro

Toillets - Champ de mars, Paris metro

I’m sure everyone who lives in Paris has at some time cursed the Parisian metro system and its lack of public toilets, especially when you know all the stations were originally built with filthy, but none the less, functional facilities. The toilets in active stations have long since been converted into signals rooms, staff facilities or storage, presumably due to the cost of upkeep for over 200 stations. So the only place you can find examples of the original toilets (like in the photo above) are in the abandoned stations. Interestingly; they are all squat style.

So if you ever need a toilet while in the Paris metro, think carefully about your nearest abandoned station, jump the tracks and start running. Or, if you are so inclined, follow the lead of the nearest hobo and piss on the tracks… just mind the third rail.

Entrance - Champ de mars, Paris metro

As mentioned earlier, the station has been converted into an extraction vent which makes it not only very dark but also very loud. Exploring in the dark has never been a problem, I can hide as well as anyone, but exploring with noise… you never know what is coming…

Just another of the joys of metro exploration.

If your interested in this, you might also want to check out posts on the other phantom metro stations in Paris; Arsenal, Croix Rouge, St Martin, Molitor.

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21 Responses to “Champ De Mars, Phantom Metro Station – Paris, France”

  1. xose pi says:

    wow… fantastic work…
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  2. Steve says:

    I’m a Paris Metro junkie and first discovered The Phantom Metro Stations on a French TV Documentary viewed in Paris last week. Any tips on how to secure a spot on one of the monthly tours?

  3. KAZI says:

    i really appreciate your initiative to do this project (or blog). i am still curious to know that how can one access to these stations. how did YOU go there. in one of the photos, there was a man sitting on the platform, is that you ? and finally, is it still open (even if one sneaks in, is it possible) for a person to still go ther these days, i mean in october 2010.

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  6. tom says:

    Hi,

    on which line was/is this station ?
    Thx from Vienna
    tom

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