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Old October 11th, 2014, 03:53 PM   #1701
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Luxembourg is the oldest fully underground station in Paris. It opened in 1895 when the Sceaux line was extended from Denfert-Rochereau to Luxembourg closer in Central Paris.
This was five years before the metro.
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Old October 16th, 2014, 10:14 PM   #1702
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Some more RER Shots from me.

RER A at Auber. Platform level looks nice, concourse not so much.



The old station at St Cloud.



The entrance to the new, modern station at St Cloud.



Looking down onto the Transilien trains at Saint Cloud (L and U).



On board the U towards La Defénse.



Just to remind people, I have a long video of this route all the way from Saint Cloud to La Defénse:



La Defénse station (Transilien)





More to come.
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Old October 20th, 2014, 01:52 PM   #1703
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Hi,

I usually never post but I have a question I cannot answer so I'm asking your help.

In this document from the STIF website (French only: http://www.stif.org/IMG/pdf/Presenta...ril_2013-2.pdf ), at the end of page 15, it is mentionned that a "Schéma Directeur du réseau Est et du RER E" would be released within the first semester of 2014.

However, we will soon be in November and I can't find it anywhere on the web.
Maybe I missed it or maybe it is just late. Do you guys have ideas ?

Thank you ! (hope my english is good, I'm not really fluent)
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Old October 21st, 2014, 01:18 AM   #1704
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I don't know, any delay would not surprise me.

Gare Saint-Lazare
Arrival of a Z 50000 from Nanterre Université
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Old October 23rd, 2014, 08:59 PM   #1705
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A few more pictures for you all - this time of the station that Minato Ku has linked to above in a video - Saint Lazare, one of my favourite stations in Paris.

Video of the exterior:



The exterior is pretty stunning.





Entrance (though unfortunately under construction).



Interior of the station (the platforms).

My video of the area:







The shopping opportunities at Saint Lazare.



Video of the shops and going to the metro:

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Old October 23rd, 2014, 09:54 PM   #1706
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I've been using St Lazare regularly for the last couple of weeks as I moved house to Asnières. Before that I had only been there a couple of times or so, and I've been impressed now with how it looks after the restoration. Also, the crowds at rush hour are awe-inspiring... The least positive thing was only getting to use one of the fancy new commuter trains one time in these two weeks, it almost never happens for me.
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Old October 23rd, 2014, 10:01 PM   #1707
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I've been using St Lazare regularly for the last couple of weeks as I moved house to Asnières. Before that I had only been there a couple of times or so, and I've been impressed now with how it looks after the restoration. Also, the crowds at rush hour are awe-inspiring... The least positive thing was only getting to use one of the fancy new commuter trains one time in these two weeks, it almost never happens for me.
Coming into a station like that each morning and leaving from it must put a smile on your face at least. I know it would for me. Even Stockholm Centralstation if walking between the metro and pendeltåg feels pretty nice, but this is on a whole other scale. It's more akin to the best of the London terminals or even a Japanese station. A fantastic facelift. I only hope that Gare du Nord gets an upgrade to this standard.
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^agreed on all counts
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Old October 23rd, 2014, 11:14 PM   #1709
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What they did is pretty smart.
The mall is operated by a shopping real estate company.
So most of the renovation was funded by private money instead of the SNCF.
With half million daily passengers, many who are white collars, this is a place of choice for any shop. There is a lot of opportunity.

The current big renovation is for Gare d'Austerlitz, here not only the station will be heavily renovated but the whole area around the station is being redeveloped.
Gare de Lyon is also underway and the renovation of Gare Montparnasse will soon begin. For moment the renovation planned for Gare du Nord is more like a big cleaning than real big change.
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Old October 23rd, 2014, 11:32 PM   #1710
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What they did is pretty smart.
The mall is operated by a shopping real estate company.
So most of the renovation was funded by private money instead of the SNCF.
With half million daily passengers, many who are white collars, this is a place of choice for any shop. There is a lot of opportunity.
Definitely a good option. There is, however, a downside to that. As you probably know, JR East make a lot of money from station shopping so actually SNCF could, if they do good renovations, see a good return on their investment for the upgrade of the mall. Whilst it would mean a big capital outlay, it would be worth it I think.

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The current big renovation is for Gare d'Austerlitz, here not only the station will be heavily renovated but the whole area around the station is being redeveloped.
I saw that when I was there. The RER looks really good, and the metro looks pretty good as well. I didn't go into the main station, though.

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Gare de Lyon is also underway and the renovation of Gare Montparnasse will soon begin. For moment the renovation planned for Gare du Nord is more like a big cleaning than real big change.
Gare de Lyon needs renovating? I thought it was really good at present, or did I already see it renovated in August of this year?
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Old October 24th, 2014, 11:47 AM   #1711
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Nice work indeed at Saint-Lazare but I still hate it
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Old October 24th, 2014, 03:01 PM   #1712
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Why? What's wrong with it?
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So many people.
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Old October 24th, 2014, 03:37 PM   #1714
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So many people.
Hahaha! That doesn't bother me much to be honest, the more the merrier. It's why I loved Shinjuku station so much (if you don't like Saint Lazare, then you'll definitely not like Shinjuku).
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Old October 24th, 2014, 11:11 PM   #1715
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I saw that when I was there. The RER looks really good, and the metro looks pretty good as well. I didn't go into the main station, though.
Yet nothing has been done in the passengers hall of Gare d'Austerlitz RER station.
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Gare de Lyon needs renovating? I thought it was really good at present, or did I already see it renovated in August of this year?
This is because the Hall 2 has been rebuilt but the rest of the station while still in good state will be renovated.
A light renovation with the addition of new shopping space in the corridor linking the hall 1 to the hall 2.
The underground hall 3 need to be upgrated.
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Old October 24th, 2014, 11:41 PM   #1716
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Yet nothing has been done in the passengers hall of Gare d'Austerlitz RER station.
Really? The concourse looks really quite nice. I think I showed a picture over the page - very colourful:



Unfortunately I didn't get shots from the other direction as we were just leaving. The RER C was closed at Austerlitz unfortunately, but we didn't know that until we got to the other side of the barrier!

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This is because the Hall 2 has been rebuilt but the rest of the station while still in good state will be renovated.
A light renovation with the addition of new shopping space in the corridor linking the hall 1 to the hall 2.
The underground hall 3 need to be upgrated.
Thank you for the information! I have pictures of Gare de Lyon coming up at the end of my photo series - we took the TGV from there to Milan.
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Old October 25th, 2014, 12:14 AM   #1717
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The RER C was closed at Austerlitz unfortunately, but we didn't know that until we got to the other side of the barrier!
As every summer since 1996, the famous Castor work.

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Another big Parisian terminal, yet an unknow area for the most of the international passengers.
The suburban rail platform and concourse of Gare du Nord

Gare du Nord






Transfer from the suburban concourse to the metro station.
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I used that terminal back in 2004. Is it just me or does it look cleaner than I remember it?
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Here's a cool video of Saint-Lazare I happen to come across on Youtube.

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Old October 28th, 2014, 07:48 PM   #1720
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Here we go with a few more photos for you guys.

Firstly, we start at the RER A platforms in Vincennes in eastern Paris.




MI 09 rolling stock turns up.




Arriving at the RER A platforms at Chatelet-Les-Halles.




This should give an impression as to how much work is going on currently here. The station will look amazing when finished, no doubt.






Once again, the new entrance at Charles de Gaulle-Étoile



That's it for this set. Only one more set to come.
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