Parallèlement au développement de la Compagnie du Chemin de Fer métropolitain (CMP), une autre concession est attribuée à la Société Berlier-Janicot qui réalise son propre réseau la compagnie du "Nord Sud". Cette compagnie exploitait un tronçon équivalent aujourd'hui aux lignes 12 et 13. Le Nord Sud finira par être absorbée en 1930 par la CMP.
Thursday, 31 March 2022
Vive La Difference (Numero Deux)
The Nord Sud company's new line was, in part, in competition with CMP line 4 and its stations did have a distinctive style. Walls were tiled, as were station names.
What became Metro Line 12 also began by linking two of Portes of old Paris. In the south west the terminus was Porte de Versailles ...
... which had opened a few years earlier. The line opened in stages from 1910 to 1912.
... caused such a kerfuffle that high buildings were banned in the city.
In 1934 the line was extended two stops to Mairie d'Issy. (click on the graphic for a larger view)
In the north the line originally terminated at Porte de la Chappelle.
Streetview passed by when construction of the station was in full swing ...
pre-opening pictures show something much grander that the usual Metro entrance with wide stairways ...The waterway running across the aerial view is Canal Saint Denis which links into the River Seine at its northern end. It was, and still is, very industrial but, understandably, now in decline.
Tomorrow we begin to look at the other extensions most of which are not yet under construction.
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