Saint-Martin, Croix-Rouge, Porte des Lilas, Haxo… You may never heard about these French subway stations. And as a matter of fact these stations are ghost or closed since a long time. In Paris we can count up to 11 of those “special” subway stations.
Several were closed while the beginning of World War 2 for economy reasons and because fewer people had to take the subway during this black period.
Only 85 stayed open over the 300 stations. They all reopened after the war excepted 6 stations that were judged useless because other stations were too near (some stations were only 100m far from each other!) This is the case for Saint-Martin definitely closed in 1939 because Strasbourg – Saint-Denis was too close to it. Saint-Martin was initially on lines 8 and 9. There still stay old ceramic advertisements from the 30’s. A part of the station is still used by the Armée du Salut to host homeless people.
Other stations were built but not completed. This is the case for Haxo and Porte Molitor. They were initialy built as a junction between lines 3 and 7 and between lines 9 and 10. Porte Molitor was also built for deserving the Parc des Princes. But the too complicated use of the stations drive to a dead-born project. The stations were never finished and even no stairways nor access were made for users.
Two other stations are still open but not for everyone. This is the case for a platform at Invalides and the station Porte des Lilas – Cinema. This one is very famous because it still used by movies producers. Fake name plates can be made in order to transform this station into another one (Pont-Neuf, Pigalle or Pyramides). This platform appear for example in the movie “Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain”.
Hope one day if it could get me the chance to go in one of these ghost stations. And you? Would you like it?