Urbex & InfiltrationCategory
For almost two centuries, hobos have been been attempting to avoid ‘greasing the tracks’ (which is to get ran over by a train) while hopping freight trains to get from one town to the next.
Of all the world’s landscapes, the weirdest are undoubtedly the ones we’ve built ourselves. Since the dawn of film, directors have been fascinated by the potential of our cities to hide unusual stories.
As the name implies, train surfing is the dangerous and often illegal practice of hitching a ride on the outside of passenger trains – be it as a necessity or an extreme hobby.
Urban Ghosts is thrilled to have spoken to British urban explorer Phill.d, who has spent the last six years documenting many of northern England’s most endangered, historic and forgotten structures.
This article offers a 6-part guide to abandoned buildings and urban exploration, as well as urbex accessories such as mouse pads – learn more about this strange hobby here!
If you think all urbex accessories are designed to be taken into the field for infiltration purposes, you’ve clearly missed the likes of search engines and mouse pads!
It’s strange that deserted buildings and underground tunnels can be such fascinating places. But the truth is that most of us have turned our attention to these quiet abandonments at some point, even just in passing. The world is a smaller place than it once was, and sometimes the uncharted territory is directly beneath our feet.
Big cities often feel like a claustrophobic blend of towering buildings, endless roads, inescapable noise and traffic. Imagine that, beneath many metropolises, an intricate network of tunnels, subways and sewers exist – many of them silent.
For urban explorers, few places are more coveted than the Catacombs of Paris. Long sealed off to the public, these harrowing subterranean chambers house an 18th century cemetery – essentially an anonymous mass grave. Beyond this, a labyrinth of tunnels extends for 280km beneath Paris in a network of disused stone mines and galleries.