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Old November 5th, 2008, 09:43 AM   #781
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Interesting reason, maybe, too. But actually this ability depends on the engine power.
Well not quite. Rubber wheels have far greater traction compared to steel wheels on a steel rail. So if you had two trains with identical motors the rubber wheeled train could climb a greater gradient and it was this reason it was first introduced in Paris. Just look at which line was converted first.
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Old November 7th, 2008, 04:58 AM   #782
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There is another reason, and that's why they have equiped line 1 and 4, greater traction gives greater acceleration. These lines were seeing (and still see) more passengers than the other lines and rubber-tyred metro gived the possibility to RATP to have a quicker and more reliable service.

Just looked at Wicky, it's quite good (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubber-tyred_metro)
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Old November 7th, 2008, 09:00 PM   #783
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Old November 8th, 2008, 06:17 PM   #784
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Of course, I don't deny that fact. But greater traction also means greater energy consumption. This may be accepted as the reason but still, it seems to me, not the major.

For example, to provide a better traction they might have equipped trains with more powerful engines or when it comes to equip the line with a new rolling stock, they may increase the engine power. But they contunue using rubber-tyred stock.
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Old November 8th, 2008, 07:39 PM   #785
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I like the add about destroying de English very much I imagine it helps passengers smile while they are waiting for the next train to come

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Old November 9th, 2008, 01:50 PM   #786
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By the way, can anyone take a series of pics of the station Bir-Hakeim? I'd be grateful.
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Old November 9th, 2008, 03:30 PM   #787
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Sorry I don't have picture of Bir Hakeim. (If I find interresting pictures I will post it)
The closest thing that I have, is this picture from Motte Picquet Grenelle.

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Old November 10th, 2008, 08:53 PM   #788
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Thanks anyway. I'd like to see some more pics and not the platforms only as there are interesting ladders down there.
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Old November 13th, 2008, 11:03 AM   #789
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Every city should be as beautiful as Paris....
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Old November 13th, 2008, 03:22 PM   #790
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then it would be very boring in the world
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Old November 20th, 2008, 01:51 AM   #792
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New book on Paris Metro maps and stations

Hello all, bonsoir a tous.

Please excuse the shameless self-promotion but "Paris Metro Style in map and station design" has just been released and it might be of interest to some of you, so just in case you didn't hear about it, here's the link with description etc

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paris-Metro-...dp/1854143220/

And on todays London Underground Blogspot:
http://london-underground.blogspot.com/



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Thanks for the tip Mark. I bought your transit maps of the world book and love it enormously. Though you did include a map of a proposed Auckland metro that nobody else seems to have ever seen before!
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Old November 21st, 2008, 05:07 PM   #794
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That's right that Paris metro had many map styles, the map of the 1990's are very different than the map of today.
It is the same for the signages, and it is even worse because unlike the map,
we always see many signs from the 1970's.

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Old November 27th, 2008, 09:10 AM   #795
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Old November 27th, 2008, 10:20 PM   #796
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I just love the sound the trains make on the Paris metro just when the doors have closed and before it takes off. Very distinctive!
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Speaking of sounds associated with the metro, I don't know whether or not this video has been posted here before, but here you go anyway!

Paris Metro Linie 1 - Rush Hour at La Defénse


A longer video showing terminating trains at La Défense at rush hour.
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Old November 28th, 2008, 06:37 AM   #798
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These were already posted in this thread, the last video is the most posted in this thread.

We really see how Paris metro is efficient, the line 1 carry about 750,000 passengers per average workday without so much overcrowding.
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Old November 29th, 2008, 09:23 PM   #799
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I just love the sound the trains make on the Paris metro just when the doors have closed and before it takes off. Very distinctive!
Me too, me too!!!
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Old November 30th, 2008, 11:19 AM   #800
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Svartmetall, your first video is taken at "Esplanade de la Défense" and the second one is at "La Défense". Those are two different stations.
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