How One Russian Man Is Building His Own Personal Subway System

In a word: Persistence. Partly the traditional, inspiring, one man against all odds type of persistence, but more the obsessive, borderline insane persistence. But whatever, this dude's building his own metro, like a CITY, so I should probably shut up.

His name is Leonid Murlyanchik, and he is a mensch. (Is there a Russian word for that? Is mensch even considered German anymore? We should just start calling them "Murylanchiks" now anyway.) His story, based on what little I can glean from English Russia's sparse captioning, goes something like this: Leonid retired, and collected a healthy pension. He decided he needed a hobby, and apparently, better transportation. So he filed some papers, drew up some plans, bought some materials, and got going. He built his own concrete mixer, and began digging.

How One Russian Man Is Building His Own Personal Subway System

There's a lot more that we don't know, but makes for a fascinating Mad Lib: Why? (Fun!); Where does it go? (To a terror dungeon!); When will it be finished? (In time for the rest of the world to fall into unimaginable chaos and destruction!); What will the cars look like? (The heads of defunct Disney Characters!)

How One Russian Man Is Building His Own Personal Subway System

But in the absence of these facts, let us just enjoy another: There's an old man in Russia, digging out about 1 meter of soil a day, right now, for a personal subway system. Lots more photography at the source. [English Russia]