Il y a 50 ans....Paris-Bastille (La Vie du Rail)

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An illustrated review of the former station at Paris-Bastille, which closed on 14 December 1969. This book will revive memories of what was an endearing station, with its cosmopolitan mixture of craftsmen-designed modest buildings, and small shops and boutiques.

Paris-Bastile was the terminus of the line to Boissy-Saint-Léger, now operated by RATP from the new Nation station. It became the first casualty of the then-new regional express network, the RER, Line A. The stations of Reuilly, Bel-Air and Saint-Mandé, which are also featured in the book, similarly disappeared from the local landscape, along with the iconic steam locomotives and their “green wagon” cars which dominated Paris on the famous Daumesnil viaduct. 110 years of railway history went up in smoke with the closure of Paris-Bastille in 1969.

The author has gathered together many images, documents and unpublished plans, capturing the story of the station and inviting the reader to visit this often-overlooked part of Paris’s railway history. Many different types of train are illustrated; some photographs show important aspects of the station’s architecture, whilst others capture the atmosphere of the station’s environment.

Most photographs in Il y a 50 ans....Paris-Bastille are reproduced in black & white, but some colour material is also included. The majority of images are taken during the 1960s, the station’s final decade before closure. 160 pages. Approximately 300 photographs. French text. Hardback.

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