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Old December 8th, 2005, 10:05 PM   #1
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Parisian RER in pictures

Welcome in Paris RER ! I hope you will enjoy your trip.







Firstly, here is a map of the RER central network. I'm posting it in order to help situating yourself during our little trip.







Let's start with this screen showing next trains arriving at Etoile station. Unfortunately, I didn't succeed to get a decent picture.... but anyway, I'll read it to you :
It is 8:08 am. Next RER's coming are planned for 8:09 am, 8:11 am, 8:13 am, 8:14 am and 8:14 am.








Here's a double-decker at Charles-de-Gaulle - Etoile subway station. Not all trains are double-deckers on line A.







The RER is now leaving the station.







It's been about 1 minute the last RER has left the platform in front.







The RER finally arrives after 2 minutes.







Welcome inside an , you are between Etoile and Auber.







Now you're arrived at Auber. The is here in connection with the and metro lines . However, I hope you enjoy pedestrian corridors since some of those lines are really far.







A close picture of Auber station.







A general view of Auber station.







The now just arrived at Châtelet. Say "hi" to the newcomers.







And now the RER is leaving. I'm starting to get fed up of the , let's visit other RER lines.







Here is the , we're still at Châtelet subway station.







The platform of the at the same station. As it's written, we're here in connection with lines and .







The is arriving at the station







And now people are getting in.







We're now inside an between Chatelet and St-Michel stations.







And now we're at St-Michel station.







An is leaving St-Michel station.







Now let's take some pictures of the . We're here in the corridor between lines B and C at St-Michel.







The threatening machine at St-Michel.







People getting in the RER.







And now the RER leaves the station, letting the platform empty for few seconds.







Now let's make a stop at Luxembourg station on the .







If only all RER stations where as pretty as Luxembourg's station...







The at Port-Royal station.







The at Denfert-Rochereau station.







Another picture of Denfert-Rochereau station.







We're still on the but this time at Gare du Nord. The is here in connection with the and metro lines .







La Plaine - Stade de France station.







And now, in order to make the picture of Paris RER complete, here's the last line (and the most recent) of the RER network. Welcome at Magenta station on the .







People running to not miss their train at Haussmann - St-Lazare station on the .





And now the trip is over. I hope you've enjoyed it, and it would be a pleasure to welcome you back in Paris RER !
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Old December 8th, 2005, 10:47 PM   #2
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Thank you, so many beautiful pictures
Never seen RER stations pics before..
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Old December 8th, 2005, 10:57 PM   #3
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Thanks for sharing the pictures!

Here's my humble collection of three RER photos:

Auber (RER A):




Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1 (RER B):




Magenta (RER E):

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Old December 8th, 2005, 11:33 PM   #4
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Nice travelogue of RER-travel!
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Old December 9th, 2005, 12:05 AM   #5
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What an international crowd that is!Plus your trains run much, much, much more frequently than ours here and are much more modern.....

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Old December 9th, 2005, 01:12 AM   #6
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The crowd sometimes dominates those photos. --> Turning off the flash makes better station photos...
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Old December 9th, 2005, 01:49 AM   #7
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Great RER pics, thanks! Paris rail is always good.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 06:56 AM   #8
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I once travlled in it, was a bit scary. Of course i travelled at around midnight or so.
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Great serie
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Old December 9th, 2005, 11:11 AM   #10
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The crowd sometimes dominates those photos. --> Turning off the flash makes better station photos...
Yeah I'm sorry about this. Actually, as I don't have a camera so I've just borrowed one to a friend, and I didn't know exactly how to use it.

Obviously, either I was turning the flash on and the picture appeared very dark (because all those stations are huge)... or I was turning the "panoramic option" on and my pictures appeared blurry. I totally admit the fact I'm not a good photographer.

I've taken all those pictures yesterday morning though. I wanted to show different aspects of the RER. That's maybe the reason why I've insisted more on quantity than on quality.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 12:03 PM   #11
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Here is a much cleaner picture of Haussmann - St-Lazare station of the RER E.
I haven't taken that picture, but as it's far better than my pathetic amateur attempts I still post it :

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Nice looking system I guess, though it looks a bit gloomy.
How far out from Central Paris do these RER services run?
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Old December 9th, 2005, 07:25 PM   #13
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Yeah I'm sorry about this. Actually, as I don't have a camera so I've just borrowed one to a friend, and I didn't know exactly how to use it.

Obviously, either I was turning the flash on and the picture appeared very dark (because all those stations are huge)... or I was turning the "panoramic option" on and my pictures appeared blurry. I totally admit the fact I'm not a good photographer.

I've taken all those pictures yesterday morning though. I wanted to show different aspects of the RER. That's maybe the reason why I've insisted more on quantity than on quality.
Please don't misunderstand my criticism, I'm glad that you posted your pics!!
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Please don't misunderstand my criticism, I'm glad that you posted your pics!!
Oh no, there's no problem !

Actually, I must also confess that it's true some of those stations are rather dark. I think for instance about the RER C at St-Michel. But that doesn't explain everything.
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Old December 10th, 2005, 12:19 AM   #15
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Nice looking system I guess, though it looks a bit gloomy.
That's to do with the photography more than the stations. When I was last on the RER I never found them gloomy.

I'm not knocking Metropolitan's photography though, it's really hard to take good shots inside a crowded underground station. Obviously the best solution is to set up a tripod, but station staff are usually really against that. Unless you have a written document to show official approval, you would be most likely told to pack up and in some cases in many cities they may take your film or ask to delete your digicam.

The other option, and most common then is to rest the camera discretely on some steady surface to allow a long exposure without flash, or to use a very high ISO and held held. For best results, resting on a steady surface and long exposure is more ideal, it allows many of the passengers to fade away as they move (adding "movement" to the photo's).

I havn't actually tried underground station shots for ages, not since my film days.

Metropolitan's shots were still a great tour of the network.
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Yeh nice photos. Good to see some variety and info on a network that would have gone ignored.
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That's to do with the photography more than the stations. When I was last on the RER I never found them gloomy.
Indeed. In my first pictures, I didn't know how to remove the automatic flash. Auber station seems very obscure.... but that's mainly because the flash was on.

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I'm not knocking Metropolitan's photography though, it's really hard to take good shots inside a crowded underground station. Obviously the best solution is to set up a tripod, but station staff are usually really against that. Unless you have a written document to show official approval, you would be most likely told to pack up and in some cases in many cities they may take your film or ask to delete your digicam.
If only I used more time to take each pictures, I could have taken better shots in posing the camera in order to increase the exposure without getting the pictures blurry. I wanted to go fast, to take various pictures of the network, I didn't think a lot before taking the pictures.

It was the first time I was taking that kind of pictures. Now I'm more experienced for the second time.

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The other option, and most common then is to rest the camera discretely on some steady surface to allow a long exposure without flash, or to use a very high ISO and held held. For best results, resting on a steady surface and long exposure is more ideal, it allows many of the passengers to fade away as they move (adding "movement" to the photo's).
Yeah, that's what I should have done indeed.

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I havn't actually tried underground station shots for ages, not since my film days.

Metropolitan's shots were still a great tour of the network.
Thanks. That was actually its first purpose. The RER is very rarely photographed, outside maybe the two brand new stations of the RER E, Magenta and Haussmann.

At first I've made long research on the internet to find RER pictures, but it's very hard to find decent pictures. So I've decided to take it in picture, at the rush hour in the morning. My purpose was actually to make people live what I've lived during my whole school years, when I was taking RER A and B to go to school.
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Old December 10th, 2005, 07:09 PM   #18
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I still don't really understand what the RER is.
What's the difference between RER and the Metro? Beside the ugly RER trains.
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I still don't really understand what the RER is.
What's the difference between RER and the Metro? Beside the ugly RER trains.
The RER goes further in suburbs. It's a bit the same difference as U-Bahn and S-Bahn in Germany.

Actually, because of the regional policy in France (which is about ignoring the existence of suburbs) the RER is considered as "regional". Paris regular metro, on the other side, ends at the borders of the old city. That means that the RER goes even beyond Paris metro area, especially on line C and D, when there's actually no demand at all to go that far (It's what French people call "public services").

Anyway, the RER is actually the only link between Paris and its suburbs (which are by the way denser than is London). There's no need to wonder why there are riots in Paris suburbs when we see how they are treated.
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