Happy Saturday everyone!
We are roughly a week away from the scheduled grand opening of station Mairie de Montrouge along the Paris Metro Line 4, and I’ve come across a couple YouTube videos which show the final testing phase in action!
Please know that neither video was taken by me, so I have to thank the two individuals who took these videos. The first video is that of an MP 89CC stock train departing station Porte d’Orleans, which is the current southern terminus of Line 4. Prior to Montrouge, trains would slowly depart the southbound platform and switch over to the loop tracks to return to the northbound direction via the northbound platform. A central track on the northbound platform would sometimes be used for arriving trains to unload passengers as well. This three-track, two-platform configuration is very common for terminating stations throughout the Metro.
After the opening of station Montrouge, the traffic pattern will permanently change at station Porte d’Orleans. The southbound platform and track will continue to be used for southbound traffic. However; the center track will be switched over to northbound traffic, keeping in tune with the rest of the Line 4 stations. The current northbound track, at the outer edge of the northbound platform, will be permanently removed and covered over to make way for a new access point, which includes elevator access.
The second YouTube video is particularly awesome, and is not very common to see in any subway system. It shows a conductor’s view of the MP 89CC stock train departing station Porte d’Orleans and traveling to station Montrouge. After a short stop at the southbound platform, the train reverses and returns to the northbound direction, making a brief stop at the northbound platform before returning to station Porte d’Orleans.
Now, while these videos are quite awesome, there were a couple other videos here and there that showed station Montrouge during construction. However, I’m not able to find those videos at the moment.
Like the opening of station Front Populaire along Line 12, I will be making a post about the history of Line 4 and station Montrouge. Please look out for this post next Sunday! 😀