Five newly refurbished trains decorated with scenes from The Palace of Versailles are now in operation on the RER C line linking Paris with Louis XIV’s iconic palace.
Building on the success of the Versailles-themed trains which first ran in 2012, SNCF Transilien, STIF and the Palace, Museum and National Estate of Versailles have joined forces to create carriages featuring scenes from the French Baroque masterpiece.
The scenes chosen for these Versailles trains capture the opulence of the Palace. Adapted to the layout of the trains, they have been streamlined to complement a new colourful and vibrant interior design, giving passengers an entirely new perspective inside each carriage.
The new trains recreate the world-famous Hall of Mirrors and Hall of Battles, as well as the less familiar parts of the Palace such as the Queen’s Room in the Petit Trianon, the Belvedere on Marie-Antoinette’s Estate, the peristyle (or columned courtyard) of the Grand Trianon, and Louis XVI’s library. The trompe-l’œil scenes were selected by Paris region commuters in 2009 in a poll marking the 30th anniversary of the RER C regional rail line.
Every day the five Versailles trains will stop at the 36 stations on the RER C line, which runs through five French départements: Paris, Hauts-de-Seine, Val-de-Marne, Essonne and Yvelines.
Image Source: Maxime Huriez