Hi, My third, and final, opportunity to photograph rail operations in France occurred in Rouen.
A tram line terminated underground near where we docked (above entering the tunnel and
above and 2 below leaving the tunnel).
The trams above and below are on a bridge just south of the tunnel entrance.
After I photographed the trams I walked up to the passenger station. It was located in a deep cut with the central part under the head house and parking lots. I was reluctant to try to get on the station platforms as I spoke no French and did not have ID (my passport was on the ship) so I shot from bridges at both ends of the station looking down. The photos above and below are from one end of the station.
I then moved to the other end of the station where the remaining train photos were taken.
On my way back to the ship I stopped in the station and took these views of the concourse.
Hi, My wife, Ruthe, and I spent two weeks in France (3/29 - 4/11). Most of the time we were on a river boat. I was surprised to find a few opportunities to take some train photos during the river boat part of the trip. My first opportunity (actually 3 separate occasions) was in Paris.
A commuter line ran parallel to the Seine and across a plaza from where our river boat was docked (first four photos). The globe in the photos above and immediately below is actually a tethered helium balloon. For 12 euros it will take you up to a height of 150 meters (287 feet).
This photo was taken from a bridge and on the far side of the Seine. The ships in the foreground are river boats.
There was a commuter rail station about 1/4 mile north of our ship. The images above and below are looking down on the platform. For some reason the trains ran left handed.
Looking to the north here there was some complicated track work.
A tram terminal also is located here (three photos).
There was another commuter station about 1/2 mile south of where we were docked. The views above and below are looking north.
I am 78 years old. I took my first railroad photos in the mid 50's although active photography really took hold in 1971 when I moved to the Washington, DC area.
I enjoy photographing almost any kind of rail activity and have done so throughout the United States. In addition, I have photographed extensively in a number of Canadian Provinces and have had the opportunity to shoot some in foreign countries.
I am married with 2 grown daughters and 4 grandsons. Professionally, I worked for the United States Bureau of Mines until the organization was shut down in 1996. In my last assignment I managed the Bureau's Minerals and Materials Science Research Program.
My wife and I enjoy traveling. We have had a number of really great trips to South America, Europe and Australia/New Zealand, Egypt and Jordan, and Africa. Photos from these trip will be included. You can reach me at email@example.com