In Paris, the train station of Invalides, displaying trains on the line RER C, has just opened after a long period of renovation. SNCF Réseau celebrates the event with an exhibition dedicated to the modernization of its railway network in Île-de-France. Invalides station welcomes 20 photographs taken by amateur or professional photographers, such as pictures by Bernard Baudin and Fabrice Guidice.
The photographs unveil in beautiful, somewhat dramatic, what’s behind the scenes of the modernization work undertaken by the SNC on a network sometimes 150 years old. Thus, the Transilien line L, dating from 1837 and lastly renovated in 2004. These works occasionally cause delays, changes in journeys and even cancellations of trains over short periods. With this exhibition, the SNCF seeks to account for all the complexity of the renovation and modernization of its network.
Remember that Paris is one of the world’s best metropolitan areas in terms of public transport. The extension of the Parisian network, on the horizon of the Olympic Games of 2024, better known to the public as Grand Paris Express, will give rise to 68 new stations. One can thus understand the communication efforts of the SNCF. Photography can be a great tool, much more effective than words, posters and other slogans.