Tightening the Belt (one more notch)

Petite Ceinture

Here comes the nice bit of the Petite Ceinture. All in all 6O something km (40 miles) of railway tracks going all around Paris, mostly underground. The part of the track which spans across the 15th district (stretching roughly from “Convention” to “Balard”) was converted into a footpath over a stretch of 3.5km (2 miles) 3 years ago.

Petite Ceinture

The greenery is very pleasant.

Petite Ceinture

As close to the flat iron building as we can get. Looks like a 1910 brick and stone job. These guys must be happy the trains have stopped mustn’t they?

Petite Ceinture

Further in the 13th district a pathetic stretch of track has been preserved. It’s a shame they aren’t doing the junction between the 13th and the 15th districts (map per below).

Petite Ceinture

Breathe, breathe in the air
Don’t be afraid to care
Leave but don’t leave me
Look around and choose your own ground


Map of the current situation of the Petite Ceinture railway In blue, the stretch available for transport. In yellow, the stretch used by the RER C line. In red, the stretch demolished in 1960. In green, the stretch closed in 2008. Click to enlarge.

More can be found about the Petite Ceinture on the Website of the non profit organisation dedicated to it:

@ygourven More of this unique railway line : https://t.co/z37OS3OIWO

Yann Gourvennec
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  1. Isn’t it a shame that more of the Petite Ceinture hasn’t been preserved? Just the same, it’s wonderful to see that at least portions of it are opened to cyclists and pedestrians. Thank you for taking us along on what looks like a lovely stroll!

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