The ride was good and the heater was working well in this cold weather. It was a quick trip out and the options for going further north were a little limited so I decided to come straight back to Saint-Lazare. On the way out I saw one of the old electric locomotives, 17075, working a train of empty stock.
Back at Saint- Lazare I decided to investigate the line to Saint-Nom la Breteche. This is worked by the old electric trains which will be replaced in a few year and makes a connection with part of the reopened Grand Ceinture line which runs to Saint-Germain en Laye through the back way - the main way to Saint-Germain en Laye is via RER line A. The trains, although old, seem reliable and there is a 15 minute service. When starting, after the doors had been closed, there was a thump as the motor engaged and then it would take off with quite good acceleration.
Saint-Nom la Breteche was a surprise. It is a junction in the middle of nowhere.
|Saint-Nom la Breteche with a train departing for Saint-Germain en Laye. The "terminus" of the line from Saint-Lazare is out of the picture on the right.|
The area traversed from Saint-Cloud is well wooded but with many small communities, obviously pretty wealthy.
|Back at Saint-Lazare I took this picture of more street art in the Cour de Rome|
This evening we sampled some Marks and Spencer chinese style duck in plum sauce with basmati rice. It was pretty good although the sauce was a little sweet. We opened a bottle of french red wine from Monoprix at a price of euros 1.90. It was light with a little tannin but quite drinkable.