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Old February 26th, 2014, 08:18 AM   #1521
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The step up on the train is massive (on the left hand side)
Paris has a mix of high and low platforms, hence the difference.
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Old February 26th, 2014, 09:03 AM   #1522
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Paris has a mix of high and low platforms, hence the difference.
How do people in wheelchairs get on then?
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Old February 26th, 2014, 02:51 PM   #1523
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Paris has a mix of high and low platforms, hence the difference.
This platform is curved, this accentuates the gap.
The difference of height is not as big farther on the platform.

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How do people in wheelchairs get on then?
The employees can put gap fillers.
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Old February 27th, 2014, 09:05 PM   #1524
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Nanterre Université.
Construction of a new main station building.







In this picture, you can notice a MI 09 of Cergy/Poissy branch goign to Nanterre Prefecture.
While passing next to the station, RER A trains going to Cergy or Poissy don't stop at Nanterre Université.
New platforms will be built here to create a stop for the Cergy/Poissy branch trains.
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Old March 1st, 2014, 02:46 AM   #1525
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Busy suburban traffic of Saint-Lazare at Asnières-sur-Seine

Asnières sur Seine par Minato ku, sur Flickr
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Old March 6th, 2014, 12:51 AM   #1526
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There are some big news about the RER A.
-Automatic driving in the central section (Val de Fontenay - Nanterre Préfecture) by 2019.
-Closure of the central section (Nation - Etoile) during one month every summer between 2015 and 2021.
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Old March 6th, 2014, 03:11 AM   #1527
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There are some big news about the RER A.
-Automatic driving in the central section (Val de Fontenay - Nanterre Préfecture) by 2019.
That had to come sooner or later.

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-Closure of the central section (Nation - Etoile) during one month every summer between 2015 and 2021.
Even in summer, is that feasible without having RER E in La Défense?
I mean, what happens if there are delays in the works and they find themselves in the rentrée?

Come to think of it, any news about the extension of RER E between Haussmann-St Lazare and Mantes-la-Jolie?
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Old March 6th, 2014, 03:50 AM   #1528
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Come to think of it, any news about the extension of RER E between Haussmann-St Lazare and Mantes-la-Jolie?
Everything about this extension has been voted and approved, so works will start this year (and will last 7 years).
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Even in summer, is that feasible without having RER E in La Défense?
If we keep the high frequencies on line 1 and 14, this is pretty much Ok
These lines are driverless, so we don't need an extra number of drivers.

In July-August, the frequencies on RER A are pretty low anyway, even in rush hours.
Something like a trains every 4 minutes.

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I mean, what happens if there are delays in the works and they find themselves in the rentrée?
Works schedules are rather wide to avoid this kind of problem.
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If we keep the high frequencies on line 1 and 14, this is pretty much Ok
These lines are driverless, so we don't need an extra number of drivers.
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In July-August, the frequencies on RER A are pretty low anyway, even in rush hours.
Something like a trains every 4 minutes.
I like it when you call that "pretty low".

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Works schedules are rather wide to avoid this kind of problem.
Ok, so I guess this must be a similar scheme to the one of the works in the RER C tunnel between Austerlitz and Invalides?
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I like it when you call that "pretty low".
You can not imagine the superhuman efforts to support this, especially when a week before, trains were next to each other.


Picture by Cramos, wikipedia


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Ok, so I guess this must be a similar scheme to the one of the works in the RER C tunnel between Austerlitz and Invalides?
About the "Castor" (French for beaver) work on RER C, the closure of the central section of the RER C every summer should have been ended in 2017 but it has been extended.
Castor work: 1996 -20?? (I hesitate to put an other question mark after just the "2" ).
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You can not imagine the superhuman efforts to support this, especially when a week before, trains were next to each other.


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About the "Castor" (French for beaver) work on RER C, the closure of the central section of the RER C every summer should have been ended in 2017 but it has been extended.
Castor work: 1996 -20?? (I hesitate to put an other question mark after just the "2" ).
What´s the reason, bugdet, the Seine, or both?
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Old March 10th, 2014, 11:10 PM   #1533
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What´s the reason, bugdet, the Seine, or both?
The Seine and the age of the tunnel.
The tunnel is old, it was built before the metro when Paris Orléans railway company extended its lines from Gare d'Austerlitz terminal (back then, it was quite far of Central Paris) to Gare d'Orsay.

We had the choice to either close this part during more than a year or only one month during the summer but for several decades.
We choose the second option.
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The station is also served by the Transilien L (Saint-Lazare - Cergy).
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Old March 11th, 2014, 04:17 PM   #1534
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RER A

The following station after Maisons-Laffitte : Achères Grand Cormier (pics taken last saturday).


An Intercity running through the station (the tracks on this section are shared between the RER and long distance passengers trains) :




The station is very isolated, located in the middle of the Saint Germain forest (48.955284,2.092502), a beautiful place for hiking . It's just near a huge yard used for the RER and the Transilien.
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Old March 11th, 2014, 05:45 PM   #1535
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An Intercity running through the station (the tracks on this section are shared between the RER and long distance passengers trains) :
I wouldn't say shared, intercity trains are running along RER A train but don't use the same tracks.
In Achères Grand Cormier, the two central track are used by intercity, regional and transilien J trains while the RER A uses the two other tracks.
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That's right most of the time in normal circumstances (however, in fact, exceptions are possible because of works on the tracks, which happens very often).

Speaking of this, i'll have something strange to show on the Paris LRT thread : trams running on the left ! Stay tuned...
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Old March 13th, 2014, 04:49 PM   #1537
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As you (maybe !), know, i like to walk along the former petite ceinture, I did that wednesday and this time i took some pictures for you

I'm not sure if its really the good place to post them because we'll see trams and maybe even subways, but I consider that this was a urban/suburban railway line.

A look to the west...


...and now, go east (on the left, a lift for disabled people) :


Note that the tracks are still there because the municipality wants that the the line could be restored to his original state :




The line is very close to the buildings whose walls form something like a very narrow trench : this situation is very typical from the line (imagine how comfortable it was when steam engines were in use !) :



(we are here : 48.834244,2.288192)

Bridge over the rue de Vaugirard, a quick look to the south and to the T3a station (Porte de Versailles) :


We are now approaching Vaugirard station :


On the left, a tennis court ; the promenade ends one or two hundreds meters later, at Rue Olivier de Serres (48.8318,2.293087), its total lenght for the time being is 1 500 m (as the following part of the line is mostly underground, an extension would be difficult) :


I briefly stopped shooting pictures because my camera ran out of battery .

But i bought new batteries near Montsouris, that means... more to come
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Old March 13th, 2014, 07:22 PM   #1539
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Paris promises free public transport if high pollution continues
Thursday 13 March 2014


The Eiffel tower and the Paris skyline through a small-particle haze, 13 March 2014. Photo: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

Authorities in the Paris region say they will make public transport free if they have to bring in emergency restrictions on traffic because of high pollution levels caused by unseasonably warm weather.

Nearly a third of France's 22 regions were on maximum pollution alert on Thursday for third day running.

A lack of wind, cold nights and warm days have increased dangerously small particles from traffic and heating systems in the air in areas including the Ile de France around Paris, northern and eastern France, Brittany, the Loire and Burgundy.

Paris is basking in unseasonable sunshine but that has meant a dangerous dose of particles that pushed air pollution to levels above those in other northern European capitals this week.

To encourage the use of public transport, the city council announced that green transport, such as its Velib bike-share and the Autolib electric car fleet, would be free on Thursday, as would residential parking.

And the Socialist chairman of the Ile de France regional council, Jean-Paul Huchon, said it was preparing drastic restrictions on the use of highly polluting vehicles and is already tightening speed limits and banning heavy goods vehicles from the city.

If the tough measures come into effect, the region is ready to make travel on public transport free while they are in operation, he said.

The French capital is experiencing unseasonably warm weather in March, with weather forecasters saying Paris would enjoy sunny skies and an average temperature of 19°C.

Last year in March, snow covered the country and temperatures were below zero in Paris (-1°C) on 12 March 2013.
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i bought new batteries near Montsouris, that means... more to come
"On the road again"

I began to shoot again pictures near the Parc Montsouris.

T3a, Cité universitaire ; on the right, the entrance of the RER B :



The line emerges from the tunnel after the park (the park is located over a small hill ; Montsouris means "hill of mice")...



... but only for one or two hundreds meters :



From now on, it is very difficult to follow the line as it's mostly underground.

Rue des longues raies :





The four following pics were taken from the same place (48.821257,2.354581) ;

East :




West :




As you can see, the T3 runs very close to the petite ceinture.

A tunnel, again ! Above the portal, a small park (Jardins du Moulin de la Ponte) :




This tunnel ends after Avenue d'Italie (we look to the west, pic taken from the bridge of the Rue Gandon) :


The platforms are the only remnants of the station that once stood here (gare de Maison-Blanche).

To the east, from the same location :


After the portal, the line is covered for several hundred meters since the sixties. We are now in the middle of the parisian chinatown.

The bridge of the rue Gandon :


Gobelins station (it's not on the petite ceinture itself but on a small branch ; it was used for freight only) :






From the Rue Regnault :


The line crosses the Rue de Patay...


...on a brand new bridge :


Masséna station :


This building was still in use 20 years ago with the RER C. It closed permanently after the opening of Bibliothèque François Mitterrand which is only a few hundred meters close.

A pic of the platforms of the former RER-C station, now unused...


...taken from the avenue de france T3a station :


In the background : the river seine and another (closed, of course) station (Bercy) :


The end of the trip tomorrow


@dimlys1994 : the weather was really incredible. Never have seen such a sunny week in Paris in march. It' was even really hot in the afternoon...


Edit : there's a compehensive list of the stations of this line on Wikipedia :
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_d...etite_Ceinture
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