First Find Your Station??
Friday, 29 July 2022
London 1 - Paris 13 (Part 5)
But, even before that challenge ...
... we take a sort-of cab ride from Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Saint-Cyr using stills from a YouTube video. Readers should be warned that the quality is poor. The originals were shot through two layers of glass and using a "long" lens which leads to significant foreshortening of the picture.
From the point of view of the video, this has the effect of making the tram's speed seem about the same as fbb's walking pace on a good day.
The journey takes about 30 minutes and we start from the Saint Germain terminus. fbb will concentrate on the "tram" section as the reconstituted rail route is, apart from the minimalist "stations", very "ordinary".
Saint Germain depart travelling north
Long station-less run along Route des Loges
Sharp left again - travelling south
Change to left hand running.Entering the former Saint Germain Grande Ceinture station now renamed.
Junction at St NomThis offers a link with the terminus of the Transilien line L branch. Remember, it terminates at St Nom?
We move quickly on to near the St Cyr terminus.
Junction - turn left for depot
A Closer Look At Saint-Germain-en-Laye ...
... and the terminus of RER line A. And here it is!bus station! Can't you tell the difference?
It used to look like this with a splendid semi-circular booking hall ...
Google maps shows the last stages of the cut-and-cover process.
So what does it do?
Well, before you burst with aghastness, SNCF have thought of that and, lo and behold ...
Les quais du terminus offriront une correspondance directe avec le RER A, accessible en 2 minutes 30 grâce à un couloir éclairé doté de tapis roulants.
Traveolators as well!
Située en contrebas des terrasses du château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, votre future station sera à l’abri des regards depuis le château. La station vous permettra de rejoindre le Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, l'Hôtel de Ville, ainsi que le piscine intercommunale.
C'est magnifique, tout alors!
Next Variety blog : Saturday 30th July