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Old August 1st, 2011, 06:16 PM   #881
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Did you take a train there? Or just saw the station?


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Gare du Nord is a rather big station and it's generally dirty (as is Paris in general).

1/ The old surface station is dedicated to high speed service... it's not that clean but has some old stone charm.
2/ Then there's a new glass extension which is not that well integrated but is quite clean.
3/ Then there's the underground RER B and D station which is very dirty and unsafe (drug dealers/gangs spending their day there).
4/ Eventually, there's the underground RER E station which is very clean, well litten, and pretty.

Overall, Gare du Nord is maybe the most impressive train station in Paris, but it clearly needs a refurbishment. Nearby Gare de l'Est station has been refurbished recently and it's far better now than before.
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 12:41 AM   #882
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I thought Gare du Nord had a refurb a few (4-5) years back? To me the only area that looks outdated are the original RER and non highspeed above ground platforms, the rest is pretty good, albeit a bit dirty. But as the poster above said that is a reflection of Paris in general, so in many ways Gare du Nord is a good introduction to the reality of Paris.
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 12:25 PM   #883
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Not 5 it is more like 10 (the modern extension opened in 2002). Only the facade was renovated few years ago.
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 02:54 PM   #884
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I took the Thalys to Gare du Nord and boarded the RER D line. Also rode Line 4 several times through the station, and have seen the outside as well.
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Old August 18th, 2011, 10:41 PM   #885
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Anyway these are the RER C stations, without any doubt the worst underground stations.
This line was cheaply build by only using old railway lines, excepted 1 km of new tunnel build between Invalides and Musée d'Orsay station.
Every summer much of the central part close to be renovated, these renovations work will end in 2017.

The central RER C is also know for its increadible speed in the central section (40 km/h) because the old tunnel near the Seine river are fragile and difficulty bear too heavy vibration.
Interesting video find of how some of the RER C terminate at Gare d'Austerlitz during the summer renovation.

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Old August 30th, 2011, 11:53 PM   #886
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 01:28 AM   #887
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Old September 5th, 2011, 08:48 PM   #888
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New entrance of Nanterre Prefecture station.








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Old September 5th, 2011, 08:51 PM   #889
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Quite nice this new entrance station.

Minato, since you have been there, what do you think of the new station?
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Old September 5th, 2011, 09:01 PM   #890
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Only this entrance is new, the rest of the station is very... 70's and needs renovation (what they do).
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Old September 10th, 2011, 03:53 PM   #891
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I've seen this photo during the reconstruction of Châtelet-Les Halles in 1979. I've seen in this photo five tunnels. This tunnels are during the construction of RER A and RER D? The both lines of RER and the both stations of RER at Châtelet-Les Halles was build in the same time? And even here in front of the tunnles, this site was even the construction of the RER stations?


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Old September 10th, 2011, 04:07 PM   #892
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All platforms were built at the same time, the RER D was already planned as a connection between the SNCF suburban network and the RATP RER.
This line would use the RER A tunnel between Gare de Lyon and Chatelet and RER D tunnel between Chatelet and Gare du Nord.

The actual RER D is a bit different, it uses a separated tunnel (opened in 1995) between Gare de Lyon and Chatelet but it uses the RER B tunnel between Gare du Nord and Chatelet.
The share of tracks between Gare du Nord and Chatelet cause a lot of problem and a new tunnel is planned at long term.
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Old September 10th, 2011, 04:24 PM   #893
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Yes I understand what you say but I've asked if this site is during the construction of the stations. Anyway it's a very difficult problem. I've never known that RER D in past would use the RER A tunnel and also I've never known that it's planned a new tunnel between Chatelet and Gare du Nord.
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Old September 10th, 2011, 09:19 PM   #894
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This picture is during the construction of Chatelet les Halles RER station.
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Old September 11th, 2011, 06:57 AM   #895
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Did any buildings have to be demolished when this was constructed?
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I think that the only buildings that were demolished was the former Les Halles from 1852, and anyway those pavilions were demolished for the construction of new Les Halles that have resisted so far in 2011.

You can see here all former Les Halles and photos during the constructions and the ,crater' from Les Halles
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Old September 18th, 2011, 04:29 PM   #899
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Hello friends, I'm new here as a member, but have followed many threads for quite some time (Thanks for the many interesting posts about Paris RER and Metro lines already)

I want to ask if anybody has any Info on the new RER Station at Nanterre Université. I was studying there in 2009/2010, when I left it was still ongoing, I am wondering how it looks today I remember the posters there it looked very futuristic (the plans)
And now I have seen here in this thread the new photos from Nanterre Préfecture and it looks really nice !
So I was wondering Thanks!!
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Auber, rush hour
Very crowded......
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