Abandoned railway in Paris

When you think of Paris, you probaby have the kind of vision in the image below: Place de l’Etoile, Arc de Triomphe & Champs-Elysées. But do you know there’s an abandoned railway in the center of the city?

the abandoned railway is not seen here...
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The header image shows the wild abandoned railway in the centre of Paris…

Long before the Metro, the steam trains of Petite Ceinture (“Little Belt” in English) connected Paris’s main railway stations carrying people around the city along the path of its ancient walls. The circular line went into gradual decline from the 1930s, when competition arrived in the form of the more modern underground Metro system.

The header image is part of a photography project by Thomas Jorion.

See short documentary and more info via BBC.

For 32km (almost 20 miles) the tracks of Petite Ceinture snake through bustling Paris, isolated and largely unseen from street level in deep cuttings, long tunnels, and bridges. Nature has reclaimed the space and it has become a haven for wild flowers and animals.

The line is officially off-limits to the public, but this hasn’t stopped many people attempting to explore it.

See also: Tour Eiffel