Welcome to the Pipeshaft!

The Pipeshaft tells the story of the infrastructure of the Washington Metrorail system. It focuses not on trains or stations, but on the infrastructure that supports them such as electric substations and ventilation shafts. If you have ever walked down a city street and swore you heard a train whooshing by beneath your feet, then this site is the place for you.

Points of interest (which I call "sites") are organized by line. So to get around, simply click on the line in the upper-right corner that interests you. A strip map will appear on the left hand side of your screen to help you navigate.

First Green Line sites added

Finally I diversify beyond the Red Line. The first Green Line sites have been added. See the Green Line page, or go directly to Buchanan Street Vent Shaft, North Capitol Street exit, and Shaft VE-14. I have still more photos to add, so stay tuned...

Station trivia

Ever wondered which station has the longest name? Which has the most escalators? What two stations have (almost) the same address? Probably not, but you can find out which stations those are (and lots more) on the Station Trivia page.

Staying up to date

Pipeshaft is still new, so there isn't much here yet. It's safe to say I discriminate: right now most of the sites I've catalogued are on the Red Line. But I'll be adding new photos and sites all the time. An easy way to stay up to date is to subscribe to one of the RSS feeds which will inform you whenever I add a new site or photograph.

New additions and recent changes

Five newest or most recently changed photos

For more, visit All photos, by date added or modified.

  1. November 26, 2005 Fort Totten Substation
    This photo appears in: Fort Totten Substation (Red)
  2. November 26, 2005 Fort Totten Substation, with CSX train
    This photo appears in: Fort Totten Substation (Red)
  3. November 26, 2005 Fort Totten Substation
    This photo appears in: Fort Totten Substation (Red)
  4. October 15, 2005 Takoma Substation
    This photo appears in: Takoma Substation
  5. October 15, 2005 Takoma Substation
    This photo appears in: Takoma Substation

Five newest or most recently changed sites

For more, visit All sites, by date added or modified.

  1. October 20, 2006: Huntington
  2. November 26, 2005: Fort Totten Substation (Red)
  3. October 15, 2005: Takoma Substation
  4. July 31, 2005: 10415 Georgia Avenue grate
  5. July 31, 2005: 10005 Georgia Avenue grate