Abandoned Subway Station in Philadelphia

Inside an abandoned subway station in Philadelphia (Image: tommybaboon/Instagram; Abandoned subway station in Philadelphia)

A photographer in the United States, using the screen name TommyBaboon (see Instagram), snapped these eerie photographs of an abandoned subway station in Philadelphia, hidden away beneath the city streets.

(Image: tommybaboon/Instagram)

It may not be as impressive as the forgotten Tube tunnels of London, the derelict underground platforms of New York City, or the elegant ghost stations of the Paris Metro, but there’s still a lost charm amid this gloomy Philly underworld.

(Image: tommybaboon/Instagram)

The railroad track running through the abandoned Philly subway station is still active, though the platforms are now closed to passengers.

Graffiti inside an abandoned Philly subway station (Image: tommybaboon/Instagram; inside the abandoned Philly subway station)

The neglected tiling inside the subterranean concourse has also been heavily tagged by vandals who’ve gained access to the defunct facility over the years.

(Image: tommybaboon/Instagram)

The disused subway station’s steel girders stand rusty against a backdrop of spray paint, as shafts of light hit the floor near what looks to be an emergency exit to the outside world.

(Image: tommybaboon/Instagram)

Back within, the abandoned Philadelphia station is as gloomy as any lost transport infrastructure. Like other ghost stations, the lights remain on, probably because trains still pass through. Such facilities sometimes also serve as training platforms for subway staff, or emergency exists for passengers.

(Image: tommybaboon/Instagram)

At the end of the tiled concourse are the stone steps that once carried commuters to the streets above. Other than graffiti, only a small amount of debris remains extant.

(Image: tommybaboon/Instagram)

The Philadelphia Subway is operated by The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). The regional public transit authority was launched in 1965 and serves around 3.9 million people annually, on 450 miles of track with 290 stations.

Related: 10 More Eerie Deserted Subways of the World



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