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Old January 19th, 2012, 06:19 PM   #1001
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Pantin
I had to wait twelve minutes at Pantin station. #*#*ing express train that doesn't stop at every station.

This station is very spartan and undersized for the traffic.

The line is along Gare de l'Est main line tracks



Train bound to Villiers sur Marne

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Old January 19th, 2012, 06:49 PM   #1002
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Wow! So some trains are not so reliable on the E?
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Old January 19th, 2012, 07:17 PM   #1003
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Why do you say that ?
The schedule was normal, I just missed a train and I had to wait twelve minutes for an other because the next train for Central Paris don't stop at Pantin.
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Old January 19th, 2012, 07:55 PM   #1004
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Oh I see. I must have misinterpreted the sentence.
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Old January 21st, 2012, 07:28 PM   #1005
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I found this interesting, considering Montreal's metro's struggling with elevator installations:



(Only one passenger had been filmed taking that exit )
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 01:35 AM   #1006
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These lifts are not really widely used expect for people who really need it.
It is faster to walk on escalator.
The only RER station with a wide use of lift is Auber, the station has many large lifts.



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I found this interesting, considering Montreal's metro's struggling with elevator installations:
A big space is required for such lifts, central stations of the RER A are truly huge.
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 10:17 PM   #1007
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Ah right, you're reminding me of that bank of lifts. What fraction/percentage of metro and RER stations there are equipped with inclined (and regular?) lifts?
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Old January 24th, 2012, 02:51 AM   #1008
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Now that's what I call a short waiting time between 2 trains.


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Old January 24th, 2012, 10:27 AM   #1009
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"Vol de cable" is cable theft
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Old January 24th, 2012, 11:17 PM   #1010
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True, although not necessarily so when presented dynamic signage clearly speculates its suspicion (coupled to its own crummy grammar)
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Old January 26th, 2012, 03:43 PM   #1011
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French people (including me) completely suck at spelling and grammar, it is quite usual to see misspelling and grammatical errors on information screens.

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Old January 26th, 2012, 07:10 PM   #1012
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Those platforms are huge! Looks like you can fit a tennis court down there with room to spare (if it wasn't for the columns of course).
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Old January 26th, 2012, 07:38 PM   #1013
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Indeed they are huge, but ironically they can't handle the rush very well.
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Old January 26th, 2012, 11:17 PM   #1014
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The problem is not the platform but the trains.
Platforms are great, there are many exits, so the passengers are fairly well distributed along the platform.

Huge is the best word to describe the central stations of the RER A.
I often see the expression "underground cathedral" to describe them.
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Old January 27th, 2012, 03:12 AM   #1015
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I seem to remember it taking for ever walking the full length of an A-line platform at Auber, changing from one metro line at Opéra to another one at Havre Caumartin ... I'd have taken the street above instead had I known the transfer alone took that long
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Old January 27th, 2012, 05:10 AM   #1016
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The RER station sure are big, it's such a shame that they're so badly decorated though. They could become really beautiful with something better.
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Old January 27th, 2012, 07:29 AM   #1017
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Magenta is a good example of a nicely designed station on the system. But IMO I think many stations now a day is a bit too fancy. I rather prefer a clean station with a timeless design. Look at the Russian metro. They know how too build it timeless.
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Old January 27th, 2012, 07:35 AM   #1018
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The problem is not the platform but the trains.
Platforms are great, there are many exits, so the passengers are fairly well distributed along the platform.
I agree. What i was trying to say is that even though they are very huge, they are not huge enough.
Sorry for the confusion.
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Old January 27th, 2012, 05:06 PM   #1019
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But Minato is right. The single-deck trains are very problematic, even though the stations are pretty large. With the MI 09 going into service, there will be many less single deck trains on the Line A.
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Old January 27th, 2012, 10:03 PM   #1020
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