GES200 - Brussel Metro
Above ground it was slightly chilly, and raining. So rather than be silly and get soaked, we opted to go underground, and play with trains instead. Access took more than one attempt to find. A nosy neighbour seemed to instinctively know we were up to no good, and stood watching us. So we walked off, and came back 10mins later. This time we quickly got in, and found ourselves dodging trains from the start.
We saw an alcove entrance on the other side of the tracks, and hopped across the rails to get to it. A large pile of ballast lay in the grey concreted space. The stairs looked inviting, as if leading to somewhere more interesting.
However they just lead to another featureless grey concreted area. Some more stairs lead further up to a secure exit. It looked too much hassle to explore further, and we already had a good access point to the surface. GE079 and GE063 in photo explorer mode. This was apparently GE079's first flirt with metro exploring.
Back on the tracks, a walkway pops up for no obvious reason. The lit up area in the distance is a station.
Creeping closer to the station, the walkway above actually provided the perfect spot to get some train light trails.
Not looking to overdo the number of light trail shots, but rather liked the way the cables on the wall merge with the light trails.
The trains had stopped by now, as service ended. Every time we thought 'that must be the last train', another one would rumble along the tracks. We then ventured through the off limits areas of the station to the platform. In the top left, you can see the dull white bottom of a cctv camera. Usually I like to test them to see if they're being watched. But we didn't know the system that well, so opted to not go further.
Another void space leading off from the tracks. It lead up a gentle incline, and just ended at a wall. An extension that was never finished perhaps.
We walked in the opposite direction to the station, and realised that the track lights don't come on like in London after service. As we were walking along, we heard banging in the distance. A sure sign of workers ahead. I wanted to see how close I could get, but we didn't gain much from it. There were no more alcoves, and the tunnel didn't vary from it's monotonous grey concrete cut n cover. As we walked back to our access point, we realised the lights had come on ahead of us. There was also a small lit up board on the wall with a workers sign in LED lights. "Shiiiiitt!" So we upped the pace. As we got back to the point where we would leave the tracks, we could clearly see in the distance 2 workers walking from the station. Most metro exploring involves a lot of luck, and tonight, we were blessed.
A last shot looking in the direction of where the banging explorers were. When we left it was rather dark, on the way back we found this.
Thanks to GE079 and GE063 for eagle eyes and company. Biggest thanks of all go to NPTB.