I stumbled across this a couple of weeks ago, courtesy of the rabbit hole that is Facebook. In London, it looks like there’s going to be an Underground Station on the market soon. It’s a “Ghost Station” – one that has been out of service for over thirty years.
The pictures in the article are sparse, but it’s the notes accompanying them that are intriguiing. For instance, the facility has been owned by the Misintry of Defence since 1934.
There are three things that come to mind with this. First, with regards to the idea of a “ghost station,” Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere comes to mind. In a similar vein, with the idea of “secret” military facilities, I’m reminded of Charlie Stross’s Laundry Files. (The third, by the idea, is something like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – if they were in London, not New York.)
As a writing thing, it’s an awesome idea (again, see Neverwhere). This would be one of those places that I would live to be able to explore, just for the feel of it. (That’s one of the great things about so much of the UK, the juxtaposition of the modern and historical, that much of the US doesn’t have… at least, not to the same degree.)
It will be interesting to see how this site is developed once it changes hands…