World Underground Maps and Schematics by Chris Gray

First Steps

First Steps

End of December 2002, Auckland

By the time I’d left Melbourne, Melbourne was on the map, and before I’d touched down in Auckland, that city was also represented. A rudimentary plan of the area took shape on the plane, but there were questions to be addressed:

  • Should the lines go under the oceans? Yes I supposed so – this is a fantasy underground map after all.
  • What should constitute a station? Should it go on city population or general area population? A great deal of Canada would suffer from severe stationlessness if either of these became the rule, so a mixture of both with a dash of common sense and aesthetic license was to be employed.

One of the first sketches is shown here:

Sketch of Australia - The beginning of the World Underground

Sketch of Australia – The beginning of the World Underground

As I was in this part of the world it seemed like a logical place to start. I reckoned that a line covering east coastal Australian cities might do well to carry on through Papua New Guinea and up the Eastern Asian seaboard, a line could take in Alice Springs and Darwin before moving into South East Asia, and another could cut across to the west of Oz before moving up into India. As it turned out, Perth was the last stop on that line as the Darwin line took in India.

This part of the map

was a joy to create along with many other parts; many regions proved to be a nightmare!

More soon

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