The Gare de l’Est of Paris !!!

Wow I am so excited to be doing this post! I try to look into my blog if I have posted anything on the train station and found nothing just bits mentioned buried in other posts!!! This is amazing find, I am happy to have found it and sharing with the world!! The Gare de l’Est of Paris was the very first train station I took in all of France!!  Let met tell you a bit more on the Paris Est of Paris !

Paris gare de l'est PF to see MF sep1990

The Gare de L’Est as I knew it or now rather call Paris-Est, and originally called Gare de Strasbourg, is one of six major terminus stations in the SNCF network in Paris. It is located in the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul quartier or neighborhood of the 10éme arrondissement or district, not far from the Gare du Nord.(see post). My dear late wife Martine worked in the 10éme when we met and she took the train from her native Meaux to Gare de l’Est for work. Of course, sweet lady wanted to show me where she work and the train she took so off we went. It is heavenly memories now for forever. Again, glad to found pictures to do this post, it brings lots of wonderful memories forever. 

Paris gare de l'est PF et MF front of gare Mar1991

The Gare de l’Est  was built on the edge of the urbanization, on the site of the Enclos Saint-Laurent. It was opened in 1849 by the Compagnie de Paris à Strasbourg, under the name “Embarcadère de Strasbourg”, It then includes two tracks at the platform penetrating under a large hall. This oldest part corresponds to the hall. The current Main Lines begin in 1847, and President Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte (future Napoleon III) inaugurates it in 1850. It will take the name of “Gare de l’Est” in 1854, after a first expansion following the commissioning of the Mulhouse line for which the company, which became Compagnie des chemins de fer de l’Est, had obtained the concession. On October 4, 1883, the Gare de l’Est was the scene of the inauguration of the Orient-Express, bound for Constantinople.

paris gare de l est nov19

Finally, between 1926 and 1931, it was split into two, taking on its current appearance. To preserve the symmetry of the original building, the new part located to the east is identical to the first, and these two parts are arranged on either side of a central building which replaces the side halls. The station then had thirty tracks on the platform. This expansion led to a profound change in the neighborhood as rue du Faubourg-Saint-Martin was moved 65 meters to the east and 40 buildings were demolished.  An underground dispatch station was built under tracks 2 and 3, shortly before WWII to ensure continuity of service in the event of a bombardment. It can accommodate 70 people, on an area of ​​120 m2. This bunker was completed on March 30, 1941, by the Nazis. It has since remained as it is, including its furniture !  In the Grandes Lignes hall, a monumental painting, « The Departure of the Hairy (poilus young me sent to war), August 1914 », offered by the American painter Albert Herter, in memory of his dead son before the enemy in 1918, near Château-Thierry (in the Aisne 02) (see post on town), in the presence of Marshal Joffre and has been exhibited since 1926. Moved briefly it has been back since 2008.

On June 10, 2007, the first section of the LGV Est Européenne was put into service. The SNCF renovated the Gare de l’Est, on the occasion of the arrival of high-speed rail , The heart of the station, formerly intended solely for baggage handling, becomes an intermodal gateway with the station of the same name of the Paris metro, also renovated for the occasion, The buffet of the Gare de l’Est, newly installed in the former Art-Deco style locker, is operated by the Flo group and offers, in particular, Alsatian specialties.

The building is neo-classical in style, with a freestone facade; the many additions made to the original station retain this style on the facade, with the exception of the large transverse hall and its two accesses, on rue d’Alsace and rue du Faubourg-Saint-Martin, which are in Art Deco style . The facade of the west wing (the oldest) is lit by a half-rosette, fitted with a clock flanked by sculptures representing the Seine and the Rhine. It is crowned with an allegorical statue of the city of Strasbourg built in 1931 on the same model the statues representing the Marne and the Meuse surrounding the clock, as well as that allegorical of the city of Verdun at the top.  The central part, which connects these two buildings, is composed of three spaces, with an overhang of nine bays framed by two groups of four bays; the whole overlooks a colonnade of thirteen arcades which responds to the style of the side buildings. This shallow part of the building serves to mask a large interior courtyard with an Art Deco glass roof and functional-looking brick and concrete facades. An Art Deco-style entrance opening onto a large transverse glass roof, which runs from rue d’Alsace to rue du Faubourg-Saint-Martin. On the east side, this canopy is flanked by two identical pavilions whose facade imitates the pavilions of the original building; on the west side, there is only one of these pavilions, to the right of the Art Deco entrance. Underground access ramps, for cars, were created under these pavilion

Mainline traffic is divided into two zones, separated by that assigned to suburban lines:
the yellow zone, located in front of the Alsace passenger hall, corresponds to tracks 2 to 12. It mainly serves trains heading to the former Alsace administrative region and abroad; the blue zone, located opposite the halle Saint-Martin, created during the 1930 extension, corresponds to tracks 23 to 30. It is mainly intended for trains to the former administrative regions Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine. The additional rail missions of the greater eastern suburbs are provided by the P line of the Transilien: northern branches: Paris – Chelles – Gournay – Esbly (with correspondence for Crécy-la-Chapelle) – Meaux, Paris – Meaux (with transfer or extension to La Ferté-Milon via Trilport) – Château-Thierry;  southern branches: Paris – Tournan – Coulommiers (with connection by coach to La Ferté-Gaucher-Centre), Paris–Verneuil-l’Étang–Longueville–Provins. Gare de l’Est is an interchange hub, with the Metro at Gare de l’Est station, served by lines 4, 5 and 7, at Château-Landon station, served by line 7. 
The metro lines are 4 Porte de Clignancourt/Bagneux -Lucie Aubrac,  line 5 Bobigny Pablo Picasso/Place d’Italie, line 7 La  Courneuve/Mairie d’Ivry  ou Villejuif Louis Aragon, These are the exits/sorties when coming out of the Gare de L’Est métro lines ! Exit or Sortie 1 Rue d’Alsace 2 Galerie Marchande, 3 Place du 11 Novembre 1918 4 Rue du Faubourg Saint Martin, 5 Rue du 8 Mai 1945 6 Boulevard de Strasbourg, 7 Terre Plein, 8 Boulevard de Magenta, The RATP bus network, at the stops Gare de l’Est (located to the south, in rue du 8-Mai-1945) and Verdun (to the east, in rue du Faubourg-Saint-Martin); the Noctilien (night buses), at the Gare de l’Est stop.

The Gare Connection SNCF official on the Gare de L’Esthttps://www.garesetconnexions.sncf/fr/gare/frpst/paris-est

The Transilien train service on Gare de l’Est: https://www.transilien.com/fr/gare/paris-est-8711300

The TER Hautes de France region has more on Gare de l’Esthttps://www.ter.sncf.com/hauts-de-france/se-deplacer/gares/paris-est-87113001

There you go folks, a wonderful memorable place that I am finally glad to have in my blog on its own post. The Gare de L’Est even if not taken in years, passed by in my road warrior car trips in Paris on several occasions. Worth the detour and great trips into Europe. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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