Post by kerouac2 on Apr 28, 2018 12:12:27 GMT
Yesterday, I was able to participate in the very last visit of the tunneling machine for one of the metro lines being extended. Next week, it will break through to its sister tunnel north of Paris and will be disassembled. Of course, there will be more visits in the future, because this particular visit was on line 14 of the metro. There will be another major section of line 14 extended in the south in the coming years, and work on new metro lines 15, 16, 17 and 18 has barely begun, so all of this will go on until 2030 at the very least, by which time there should be even more new projects. I already made a report a few years ago about the extension of metro line 12, which is still not open -- these things take forever -- but the tunneling was already complete and most of the rails were aleady down, so it was a completely different experience.
The rendezvous was at Pont Cardinet in the 17th arrondissement, at a corner of the Martin Luther King park.
This was quite chic compared to my last visit because there was even a small visitor centre with a model of the beast and other visuals.
Normally, there were a grand total of 3 visitors (the maximum is 5 for security reasons) but on this final day, another guide was there with her entire family, including a small child (normally you have to be at least 18 to visit).
The new Pont Cardinet metro station will be extremely useful because a gigantic new neighbourhood is under construction here.
A construction lift took us down into the hole.
We began our journey through the tunnel.