Tuesday, November 29, 2011

La Gare du Havre

A postcard view from about 1900 of the facade of the station built in Le Havre (région Haute-Normandie) on the Manche/English Channel coast in 1856. The original was opened in 1847 at the extremity of the line from Paris-St-Lazare to Le Havre. This line of course was the setting for the well-known novel by Émile Zola La Bête Humaine (and the subsequent movie).

In 1932 a new facade was built for the then operator, Chemins de Fer de l'Etat: better than the the original? A matter of opinion. (Google Earth)

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