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Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Thameslink "Tube" - Perfection In Paris? (un)
Made a little easier, perhaps, by reverting to previous lockdown reductions, thus only needing a new cover for the booklet. But, clearly Classic was to nurture their customers, to show they really care and to be obviously ready for normality when (if?) it happens. It is a much better attitude than that of our misleading government.
It Fits! ...
... can now be fully assembled, prettified a little and then will join the other 60+ different tank wagons. One day, when the old man feels really wealthy, he may well do a proper job; but, for the time being, his fake, pastiche, ersatz, surrogate, reproduction, bodged model has filled an annoying gap in the collection.
The next available weekend variety will fill in the details.
Back To Paris, Via London And Berlin
Which it isn't. It should be headed:-
It doesn't come under the "standard" fares scheme although you can pay the rip-off price on your Oyster Card. It is, of course, purely a tourist thing and never should be on the Tube map.
London's new Tube map, whichever version you choose, shows that its anomalies are growing. It has lost the clear simplicity that the great Harry Beck invented.
In a word, it has become a mess full of confusion.
Prompted by the growth of anomalies and inconsistencies in the non-Tube map, fbb decided to take a look at Berlin.
Although ostensibly one public transport network, maps and on-line information in the German capital are as muddled as they are in London - some good, some poor and some simply excellent.
But, even on-line, there is no one combined source of information.
So what of Paris?
First, the classic Metropolitain. Scattered with evocative reminders of its classic past, the Metro is more akin to a sub-surface tram system with frequent headways and closely spaced stations.
The tram routes tend to be presented as part of the Metro network.
... and out via the historic "Portes" ...click on the map below for an enlargement).
The RER network consists of five lines, A to E which have been built linking outer suburban rail routes across the centre of Paris in new-build tunnels. It kicked off with line A (RED) partly as early in 1968 and work is currently in progress extending line E (PURPLE) further across the city.GREEN) stretching nearly 90miles from Creil in the north to Malsherbes in the south. Many of the services are worked by double deck trains ...YELLOW) really is a challenge for the uninitiated!
Which leaves, as in London, suburban rail services not part of the RER network; and there are plenty of those. Here, added to RER C are line L, N and U to be found at the various Versailles stations.
So, a bit like London, there is quite a variety of public transport operation to serve Parisians and their visitors. Is it easier to cope with than London?
Now there IS a question.
Next Perfection in Paris (?) blog : Wednesday 20th January