Travel Underground Paris
• Paris Travel on the underground
Paris Metro - the first underground outside the former Soviet Union, where I was able to visit. Huge arches age in age, the course of the train on the tire, intricate multi-level crossing and branching mad complexity tunnels as overhead and distillation. Here you can easily find the abandoned train station and the whole camera, looking at the closed gate in the middle of the tunnel, and the vicious guard dogs. In general, look!
His journey we started with the Croix-Rouge station. The station was put into operation in 1923 and closed in 1939, the day after the outbreak of the Second World War. It has an outlet to the surface in the form of a ladder resting against the bars. On the platform was a stall with those times, as part of the inscriptions preserved.
The station is located on the current site of the 10th line, and at one time was the ultimate.
When I wrote about the complexity of routing tunnels, I have not exaggerated. In the photo below - part of the tunnel that bypasses one station and passes under the other.
The reason for that - especially construction. Almost all the way fine bedding and pass directly beneath the streets, that had to enter into the intricate curves of the border, of course, marked houses.
Special mention deserve and own way.
sleepers laid on the gravel bed, so that noise and vibration from passing trains kept to a minimum, in the car, you can talk without raising his voice.
Turnouts driven by muscular force. On a more congested areas, apply more conventional electromechanical arrows with remote control.
Particularly noteworthy line on which trains on the bus go. Besides the standard rail and the third rail, they are equipped with guide rails and special lanes for buses. In such branches can walk and ordinary trains.
Trains on the bus go a bit more noisy than conventional rail convoys. But barely audible rustling still too late to warn of an impending train.
Do not warn about it and headlights. Because of the always-on lighting, these trains are not equipped with lights, they are only subtle running and parking lights.
Since the tunnel looks like at night line RER B.
Note: RER - a system of high-speed public transport serving Paris and the suburbs. It is an association of land suburban rail lines, partially pre-existing and new, have arisen in 1960-1990-ies, underground lines within the boundaries of Paris.
There we met a lineman who greeted us tired "bonsoir" and proceeded further on the Electrician business. While it was expected to hear, at a minimum, "fils de pute" in various synonyms, then calling the cops ... I'm sorry, the police.
By the way, about the abandoned trains. In the Paris metro are a few places where you can stumble upon the abandoned or simply unused train. Some rarely used as museum exhibits and props for filming movies, others simply are laid up, awaiting their fate. But there are those who have no chance but to be cut into the metal.
In the double-track section, a length of about one kilometer, are the pre-war cars.
Outside they suffered greatly from graffiti.
Inside suffered less, even preserved the original scheme and advertising.
So they stand at its last station.
And finally, I want to show abstruse intersection at Opera station. Here are crossed just three metro lines. The intersection of three levels.
Many would like to see a video of how it looks. But the technical possibilities of video shooting in such conditions difficult, so let it be GIF animation.
Surely many have questions: "And what about security?", "Who drove you?" "What will happen if you get caught?"
It turned out that we were not able to meet with any of the local familiar with the themed underground. It had themselves to look for places and opportunities. At stations installed cameras, in tunnels where there may be train - and camera sensors in the "fat" objects duty guard dogs. I saw these guys in and say I want to be seen after three neat) So check in practice, it would be in the case of detention, we could not.
Underground Saint Martin channel.
That is almost everything from the underground of Paris, that were able to visit for a week. For this city, which is the minimum period during which only start to be involved in this metropolis and understand its vital rhythms and rules. I will say one thing - it is the third city after St. Petersburg and Kiev, in which I would like to stay for a long time.