Paris Austerlitz dep. 0708 Salbris arr. 0833
Salbris dep. 0841 Romorantin arr. 0919
Romorantin dep. 0947 Valençay arr. 1024
Valençay dep. 1035 Romorantin arr. 1120
Romorantin dep. 1245 Salbris arr. 1331
Salbris dep. 1331 Orleans Centre arr. 1410
Orleans Centre dep. 1528 Paris Austerlitz arr. 1633.
Six o'clock on a Saturday morning on the Paris metro was pretty busy, mainly with Friday night party goers going home. Some were quiet, some were drunk, some were working off a hangover but most were boisterous and having fun. The metro platforms were spotless and fairly shone. The new trains on line 5 are much better than the now dowdy ones on line 3. I am always intrigued by the fact that line five gets into the gare d'Austerlitz through a hole in the roof.
|The sun was just coming up as my train left Salbris|
|Waiting for the driver to open up the train at Salbris|
|Romorantin now has color light signals with crocodiles.|
|Romorantin, train for Valençay|
|At Chabris the station mistress lowered the crossing gates using a hand crank|
|There is now only one box car at Pruniers|
|Mistletoe is very much in evidence as here at Romorantin.|
|Colas diesel for the work train|
|Old freight cars at Romorantin|
|The older units X241 and X242 are well painted and would appear to be in regular use.|
|This compromise joint is still in use at Romorantin.|
|A relic from steam locomotive days at Romorantin|
Short pause for a coffee and quiche before catching the train back to Salbris where there was a good connection to Orléans Centre. I had an hour at Orléans to observe the trams before catching another SNCF train with Corail stock back to Paris. It was still light so I could follow the concrete guideway of the Bertin Aerotrain experiment and observe the shattered platform at Bretigny which was the location of the rail disaster last summer.
I first rode the Blanc à Argent in 1974. It is good to see that it is still going strong. As usual the passengers could be counted on the fingers of one hand. Arriving at Romorantin from Valençay I was the only one on board after two people got out at Gievres.
This evening we ate at Le Pe'tit Canon just down the street on the corner. We were warmly greeted and had fun. We were sitting next to a German couple and there was a Spanish couple next to them. Both the waiter and the waitress were speaking Spanish to explain the chalkboard menu. The waiter spoke passable German but had to rush into the kitchen occasionally to ask the chef for some words. A little later we heard him talking to another couple in Italian. Being Saturday night the restaurant was fully booked. Mary enjoyed the Sancerre while I was delighted to find the house red was Fitou which comes from the sam,e area as Corbieres and Minervois. We had foie gras to start (canard and feuilleté) then a medley of seafood and rognons. It was all very good.