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A metrophile is a person who has as a hobby the study of metro (subway, underground) systems.

Such people may indulge their hobbies by

Some metrophiles even manage to attract attention, approval, help, and even employment from transit companies.

One metrophile, a mentally ill New Yorker named Darius McCollum, impersonated a range of New York City subway personnel for some time; he was so technically proficient at driving trains, helping repair crews, fixing trains, and even dealing with emergency situations, that he served with some distinction (and a certain amount of complicity from actual personnel). Unfortunately, this was quite illegal and he was repeatedly arrested and, despite a plea to have him treated for Asperger's Syndrome, was finally imprisoned. Harper's Magazine published an article on him in May 2002.

See trainspotting

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