This is a simulation of the Paris Métro as it was in 1965, when I first visited that city on a school trip. I have many happy memories of roaming around the system. Being in a senior year at school certainly had its benefits on that trip!
This is a BAHN383 network, and a fairly large one at that, although smaller than my London Underground. It is dedicated to Inspector Clouseau, for opting for a Police Career (thankfully) rather than one in public transport! Having said that, the Paris Métro was, and is a very efficient system, and a worthy part of that beautiful city.
A section of the network, centered on the 'home' square.
The network is as accurate as I can make it, given that I used a later map. I have kept as strictly as I can to the track plan, but have had to vary the track layout at termini to suit the characteristics of the BAHN program. I have also had to guess at earlier infrastructure, at the points where the lines were extended between 1965 and 1980, the date of the track plan. I've made extensive use of regulating signals and 'cascaded' signal sections in this layout.
Areas of doubt include:
Gambetta (Line 3) Porte de Clignancourt (Line 3) Porte de la Villette (Line 7) Charenton Écoles (Line 8) Porte d'Auteuil (Line 10) Carrefour Pleyel (Line 13) Invalides (Line 14) Porte de Vanves (Line 14)
If anyone can supply me with correct information I should be most grateful.
I can wholeheartedly recommend Brian Hardy's excellent 'Paris Metro Handbook' (ISBN 185414 154 6) published by Capital Transport Publishing (£7.95). This book is a worthy companion to the layout.
interchange where five lines meet.
LIST OF LINES
Line (Trains) Route ---- ------ ------ 1 (28) PONT DE NEUILLY - CHÂTEAU DE VINCENNES 2 (26) PORTE DAUPHINE - NATION 3 (27) PONT DE LEVALLOIS BÉCON - GAMBETTA/PORTE DES LILAS 4 (30) PORTE DE CLIGNANCOURT - PORTE D'ORLEANS 5 (28) PLACE D'ITALIE - ÉGLISE DE PANTIN 6 (26) ÉTOILE - NATION 7 (39) MAIRIE D'IVRY - PORTE DE LA VILETTE/PRÉ ST GERVAIS 8 (32) BALARD - CHARENTON ECÔLES 9 (28) PONT DE SÉVRES - MAIRIE DE MONTREUIL 10 (22) PORTE D'AUTEUIL - GARE D'AUSTERLITZ 11 (15) CHÂTELET - MAIRIE DES LILAS 12 (30) MAIRIE D'ISSY - PORTE DE LA CHAPELLE 13 (11) ST LAZARE - PORTE DE CLICHY/CARREFOUR PLEYEL 14 (13) PORTE DE VANVES - INVALIDES
Note: Lines 13 and 14 were linked in 1976 and became line 13 throughout.
The famous rubber tyred 'Pneumatique,' stock runs on lines 1 (MP59 Stock) and 11 (MP55 stock) in this simulation.
Line 13 ran with MA52 articulated steel-wheel stock, whilst all the other lines use the appropriately coloured 'Sprague Stock', mostly built before the first World War. Some photographs of these cars taken by me in 1965 are available below.
All Métro car graphics are from the BAHN standard car library. Sincere thanks to whoever did them - it saved me a lot of bother!
The actual lines used in the simulation were subdivided and suffixed with a letter as follows:
A, B, L or G: Train runs for all or most of the day.
M: Train runs till early evening.
P: Train runs at peak hours.
There are slightly less trains in the simulation (355) than actually operated in real life, but sufficient to give 2-3 minute headways in the peak hours.
Unlike most other systems, the trains on the Paris Métro are stored 'on the line' and the depots are used only for maintenance and repairs. Some stations such as Pont de Levallois have inspection pits in the platform roads.
Getting the network to operate reliably and store trains realistically was quite a headache! I resorted to pull-ins only where I was stuck for a solution. I don't pretend that the actual methods I've used are accurate - I just used the infrastructure which was available.
For details of the other networks I've done, please visit my Networks Page. Top of page
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