Not a great deal of change at the Gare Saint-Lazare where a couple of the old electrics 170003 and 170100 were working suburban trains. Retrieving our tickets for the trip to Reims after Christmas was very simple. I had already made the reservation and paid using the SNCF web site. I found an SNCF ticket machine, fed in the file locator code then inserted the credit card used to make the transaction. The longest part was printing the tickets.
|La Vie du Rail Bookstore|
|La Vie du Rail Bookstore - OO scale models|
|Just outside la gare Saint Lazare there is a very thin McDonalds|
Au Pullman, the railway model shop on rue de Copenhagen has changed its shop front and improved its internal layout. I found a couple of locomotive wheel cleaners, one for me and one for Pat Brewer.
|From the Rue Legendre overbridge looking north towards Cardinet station|
|Square des Batignoles|
There are several large carp, or koi, in the pond. She pointed out the lovely old trees with their beautiful spreading branches and explained that the park was built before this area was even part of Paris. (Not technically correct. In 1860, Napoleon III annexed the district of Batignolles to Paris. In 1862, Jean-Charles Alphand designed and created the Square des Batignolles. Alphand was the engineer for most of the parks built at this time, including the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Parc Montsouris, and others.)
|A flotilla of geese goes past|
This link gives details of the various trees to be found here.