2018-11-20 Paris

Work brought me to Paris for two days.
Some rail related impressions and a few images of some places I visited
2018-11-20 08.46.00  -->  I needed to go to Paris for a work conference. As the conference would start early I needed to catch a TGV from Rotterdam to Paris the preceding day. I took the opportunity and liberty to book an early train so I had some time to spend in Paris. 2018-11-20 08.46.40  --> 2018-11-20 08.55.49  -->  My train entering Rotterdam Central 2018-11-20 09.13.56  -->  Passing the  Moerdijk bridge  at 290 km/h
2018-11-20 09.16.05 Screenshot  -->  Slowing down a bit :-) 2018-11-20 09.21.53  -->  Breakfast on board 2018-11-20 11.31.38  -->  Then in France..snow!! 2018-11-20 11.34.01  -->  Well, that was not exactly what I came for!
2018-11-20 11.45.50  -->  Passing one of the large SNCF maintenance depots in the suburbs of Paris 2018-11-20 11.50.00  -->  Snow had turned to sleet. Very unpleasant cold, wet weather. We had arrived in Paris, Gare du Nord, with a small delay. 2018-11-20 11.50.14  --> 2018-11-20 11.55.39  -->
2018-11-20 11.53.07  --> 2018-11-20 11.53.23  -->  Bombardier Omneo, SCNF Class Z 55000. Entered service in 2013 and is still being built. Sofar approximately 116 trainsets have been delivered out of a contract comprising 940 in multiple classes in total. Top speed 200 km/h 2018-11-20 11.53.00  --> 2018-11-20 11.52.52  -->
2018-11-20 11.56.46  -->  Time to move on. It was way too wet and too cold to stay out for long. 2018-11-20 11.56.53  -->  Impressive roof 2018-11-20 12.02.10  --> DSC01445  -->
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DSC01451  --> DSC01452  --> 2018-11-20 12.15.01  -->  The front of the station is equally impressive 2018-11-20 12.15.12  -->
2018-11-20 12.32.44  -->  A memorial to the railway men and women who died in active service in two wars. 2018-11-20 14.14.44  -->  My hotel was quite close to the Sacre Coeur, so I paid a visit. 2018-11-20 14.13.35  -->  View over de city. It had seen better days :-) 2018-11-20 14.27.04  -->  Metro station Anvers with its classic Art Nouveau signing
Route001  -->  By now I had walked from Gare du Nord to my hotel, from my hotel to Sacre Coeur and from there to Metro station Anvers. 2018-11-20 14.34.53  -->  RATP Metro no 2. I took it to Pigalle and changed there to line number 12 and left at Rue de Bac 2018-11-20 14.38.26  --> 2018-11-20 14.41.29  -->
2018-11-20 14.54.22  --> 2018-11-20 15.12.48  -->  I walked to the Musée de l'Armée DSC01455  -->  to meet this little friend 2018-11-20 15.15.09  -->  It was situated in front of the south side of the Hotel des Invalides
DSC01456  -->  This is one of only two surviving Péchot-Bourdon articulated steam locomotives DSC01458  -->  One resides in Dresden and the other is usually in Slovenia, but brought to Paris for the occasion of the centenary of the cessation of hostilities of WW1. And guess what, I incidentally happened to be here!! No..... DSC01459  -->  It was designed for military railways directly behind the front lines. DSC01460  -->  Rumour has it the loco was conceived as a double Fairlie to enable it to keep moving if one of the sides would be damaged. Personally I hold that as an urban myth. The best it could do was bring the crew into safety if such a thing would occur. Adaptability for badly laid track and extremely sharp curvature are more likely to be the reasons for this design.
DSC01461  -->  The chimneys have large spark arrestors to catch all embers. Sparks are conspicuous at night. One of Murpy's laws of combat says: Never be conspicuous, it draws enemy fire. A simple wisdom. DSC01462  --> DSC01463  --> DSC01464  -->
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DSC01472  --> DSC01473  --> DSC01474  --> DSC01476  -->  Operational weigth: 14 tons. Length: 6.15 m. Power: about 60 hp. Speed: 15 km/h. Number built: 356.
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DSC01523  -->  Bye DSC01525  --> 2018-11-20 19.27.07  -->  Because my hotel was so close I made a few night shots of the Sacre Coeur 2018-11-20 19.38.31  -->  I went to the Quartier Latin to eat. Line 4 this time
2018-11-20 19.53.16  -->  Cité is beautiful old riveted station 2018-11-20 19.53.23  --> 2018-11-20 19.53.28  --> 2018-11-20 19.59.32  -->  Seine
2018-11-20 20.00.05  --> 2018-11-20 20.01.27  -->  Notre Dame 2018-11-21 07.44.47  -->  The next day I left my hotel and passed the Sacre Coeur again to be greeted with a cold but glorious autumn morning 2018-11-21 07.47.06  -->
Route002  -->  I took the metro to Bir-Hakeim 2018-11-21 08.04.21  --> 2018-11-21 08.33.13  --> 2018-11-21 08.33.18  -->
2018-11-21 08.33.32  --> 2018-11-21 08.33.47  -->  Runing on tires! 2018-11-21 08.36.30  --> 2018-11-21 08.37.06  -->
2018-11-21 08.37.53  --> 2018-11-21 08.39.54  --> 2018-11-21 08.40.13  -->  Well this is where the fun ended and worked started. 2018-11-21 08.58.42  -->
2018-11-21 15.37.38  -->  A view from one of the conference rooms. Most distracting.  Also disturbing to know that the Péchot-Bourdon was now basking in the sun and I had no time to visit it, despite being only 2 km away. 2018-11-21 16.35.49  --> 2018-11-21 17.06.51  -->  By the time the conference was over the sun was setting. 2018-11-21 17.16.18  -->
DSC01539  -->  As darkness grew the lights of the Eiffel tower grew ever more impressive. 2018-11-21 17.24.46  --> 2018-11-21 17.27.14  --> DSC01541  -->
2018-11-21 17.28.48  --> 2018-11-21 17.39.49  -->  Pont d'Alma, where princess Diana died. 2018-11-21 17.48.32  -->  Pont Alexandre III DSC01540  -->
DSC01542  -->  Hotel des Invalides 2018-11-21 18.30.29  -->  Ile de Paris 2018-11-21 18.13.34  -->  Metro traffic was in turmoil after various simultanuous disturbences. I had serious trouble getting to Gare du Nord in time. 2018-11-21 18.55.53  -->
2018-11-21 19.02.17  -->  But I made it with 25 minutes to spare. 2018-11-21 19.03.41  --> 2018-11-21 19.03.59  --> 2018-11-21 19.08.02  -->
2018-11-21 19.10.19  --> 2018-11-21 19.12.37  -->  My train to take me home 2018-11-21 19.36.07  --> 2018-11-21 21.03.58  -->
2018-11-21 22.01.01  -->  Rotterdam 2018-11-21 22.01.47  --> 2018-11-21 22.02.08  -->